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April 14th, 2018
10:00 AM Warm-up at the Gänseliesel
March begins 11:00 AM

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Press Release MFS GOE 2018

On April 14th 2018 the citizens of Göttingen and the environs are taking to the streets and standing up for open and accessible science and research. We are joining the worldwide March for Science along with 175 other cities, including 15 in Germany, to show our support and affirm that freedom in science is a vital democratic value.

  • 10 AM: Warm up at the Gänseliesel – Interactive science activities, crafts, and displays, sign-making opportunities, and ‘Ask-me-anything’ Scientists.At
  • 11 AM: Mayor Rolf-Georg Köhler will kick off the March, leading to the Platz Göttinger Sieben. Speakers will be Ulf Diederichsen Vice President of research Göttingen University, Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler, President of the Hochschulrektorskonferenz, Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue, Director of the Deutsches Primate Zentrum, and Dr. Maria Luisa Allemeyer, Director of Göttingen’s future museum Forum Wissen.

March for Science 2017 was represented by 37 thousand people in 22 cities in Germany, and worldwide over one million people in 600 cities participated.  This year we will continue to call attention to the many benefits of science in providing solutions to problems, fostering critical thinking and paving the way to a sustainable and better future.

We want to bring attention to the threats posed to the free practice of science around the world today: nationality-based travel bans, gag orders on scientists, cuts to research and education funding, and attacks on established scientific facts, like climate change.

We welcome your support and participation in this global event.

Join us on Saturday April 14th at 10 AM. This is an event for all: young and old, scientists and non-scientists. We will gather at the Gänseliesel, an appropriate symbol for higher education in our city of science, and march down Weenderstraße to the University Auditorium.

If you wish to help us organize, please contact us. There are many things you could do: attend a planning session, come to a sign-making party, act as a science explainer/experimenter on March day, or post one of our flyers.

Please help spread the word so that others may join!