For many scientists, political action on behalf of science is a new idea. Marching or protesting may make you feel uncomfortable. You may worry about whether political action is the right course of action. You may feel it is unnecessary or inappropriate to advocate for science or invest time in science communication. You are not alone. We have collected a variety of recent opinions and new articles reporting how other scientists are struggling to answer these questions.
Why do we need to communicate the value of science? Isn't it obvious?
"Science Communication as a Moral Imperative", an essay by Jonathan Foley in The Macroscope, 7/5/2016
"Now, More Than Ever, We Must Stand Up for Science" a guest editorial by Dan Rather in Scientific American, 11/14/2016
"Stand Up for Science" An essay from the PLOS One blog about the democratization of science, 2/2/17
"Why scientists must also be advocates", a podcast from The Bio Report with David Levi
"Environmental science in a post truth world" by Jane Lubchenco, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 2/1/2017
"I'm a scientist, this is what I will fight for" Jonathan Foley, The Macroscope, 2/12/16
"How to fight the war on science and win", Jonathan Foley & Christine Arena, The Macroscope, 2/22/16
"How I'm standing up for science" by Susan Cheng, Science Magazine, 2/24/16
Putting science into practice: why we need to play our part, by Angie Carter, UCS Science Network, 3/10/17
Why are scientists marching? Does the march politicize science?
"Scientists are planning a march on Washington. Here's why" from the Guardian, 27 January 2017
"A scientists' march on Washington is a Bad Idea" by Robert Young, NY Times OpEd, 1/31/17
"Why I'm marching for science" by Eric Holthaus, Pacific Standard
"When Canadian scientists were muzzled by their government" by Wendy Palen, NY Times OpEd, 2/14/17
"Why I'd rather not march" by Adam Frank, NPR Cosmos and Culture blog, 2/12/17
"Why I want to march for science", by Jonathan Sabat, Spectrum, 2/14/17
"After April's march for science, what next for anti-Trump scientists" article by Roger Pielke in the Guardian, 2/22/17
"Should Scientists March? U.S. Researchers Still Debating Pros And Cons" story by Nell Greenfieldboyce, NPR, 2/23/17
"What exactly are people marching for when they march for science?" by Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 3/7/2017