March For Science 2017 Dunedin

Dunedin March For Science 2017

Out of  the lab and onto the streets

On Earth Day, 22 April 2017, New Zealand was once again first in the world to march in the March for Science, joining the global scientific community in support of politically independent scientific research, and scientifically informed public policy.

All the marches in New Zealand had a goal to embrace all areas of intellectual endeavour, showcasing the variety of ways science and knowledge contribute to society, and providing a platform for educators, researchers, and business leaders to engage with the local community.

Dunedin’s event took place at the Otago Museum Reserve on a sunny, autumnal afternoon and had 400-450 people at the rally to listen to speakers including Sir Alan Mark, University of Otago faculty members Dr. Louise Parr-Brownlie, Prof Peter Dearden, and Prof Hamish Spencer, and Dunedin-based MPs David Clark and Metiria Turei.  Otago Museum science communicator Amadeo Enriquez-Ballestero also wowed the crowd with three engaging science demonstrations.

Dunedin organiser Cindy Hall was very pleased with the turnout:
”We just wanted people to come together, be together, speak to each other and, maybe, learn something.”


Saturday April 22


The Dunedin March for Science 2017 was a rally at the Otago Museum Reserve. It was a time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted. The programme included a waiata by the kids from Ahi Pepe MothNet, speeches by Labour MP David Clark and Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, as well as biochemist Peter Dearden, evolutionary geneticist Hamish Spencer, Otago Museum Director Ian Griffin, Wise Response Society leader Alan Mark, Parkinson’s researcher Louise Parr-Brownlie, Otago Science Fair Champ Aaron Nelson, and student-activist Charlie Sawyer.  Also on hand were Amadeo from the Otago Museum delivering science shows, the Brain Health Research Council’s inflatable brain, and much more!

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