21 April 2017
The March for Science London will take place on Saturday 22 April 2017 as part of a global campaign to champion scientific discovery.
Professor Peter Kinderman, President of the British Psychological Society (BPS), will be among those attending the March for Science in London on 22 April 2017.
Crowds will assemble outside the Science Museum from 11am before marching to a rally in Parliament Square, where the crowd will be addressed by a number of speakers including notable scientists and comedians.
Professor Kinderman said:
"I am more than happy to be attending the March for Science in London on 22 April 2017, and to be representing the BPS at the event.
Psychology, like all other branches of science, is a powerful tool that helps us to improve our individual and collective wellbeing and tackle some of the most pressing challenges for humankind. We need to celebrate the benefits and value of science, and make that contribution clear to the public.
However, we also need to protect science and ensure, particularly in the run-up to a general election, that our politicians recognise its value and put policies in to place that will protect and develop our fantastic research and educational opportunities.
I am delighted to support this march, and I hope that it will encourage members of the public, journalists, and politicians to be inspired to learn more about the contribution that scientists can - and do - make to our health, prosperity, and wellbeing."
The London event is one of a number of marches across the globe, with the biggest taking place in Washington DC, which aim to champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science in the face of trends toward the discrediting of scientific consensus. There are more than 400 other marches taking place in cities as diverse as Oslo and Santiago.
Further information on the March for Science in London can be found on their website.