The Biophysical Society is an official partner of the March for Science, a non-partisan grassroots event that took place in Washington, DC, and at locations around the world on April 22, 2017. The Society’s Council approved the decision after reviewing the principles of the March and determining they aligned with the Society’s values of scientific excellence, integrity and transparency, diversity and inclusivity, and community building. Read the Society’s statement about endorsing the march.
March for Science Follow-up: Six Weeks, Six ActionsScientists and supporters showed support for science at sites around the world on Saturday, April 22. Now what? BPS encourages you to stay involved and active. The Society is launching six weeks of action to make it easy for you to be engaged.
Week Six, May 28-June 3
Meet with your congressman and senators! Congress is on recess and representatives on in their home districts all week. Go visit during an open house or attend a town hall meeting. Even better, schedule an appointment to go see them. The Society has instructions on how to go about finding these meetings and setting up appointments. It is a great time to let your elected leaders know what you think about President Trump's budget request for FY 2018. You can learn more about that request here.
Week Five, May 21-27
Classes are wrapping up at universities, families are gathering for graduations and the kick off to the summer holiday in the U.S. This is a great time to share what you do with someone who is not a scientist! Sometime this week, start a conversation about your research with a non scientist. It could be a neighbor, a longtime friend, a relative. Tell them what you study, why you study it, and why it matters. Don't use jargon; in plain language why do you do what you do? It's time to bridge the divide between the lab and the rest of the world. Public understanding of science is critical to public support! Share your conversation with us via social media with the hashtag #bps marches.
Week Four, May 14-20
Members of Congress will be in their home districts after the Memorial Day holiday for a "district work period." This is a great time to meet your members of Congress by either scheduling a meeting or attending a townhall meeting. Make sure they know they have constituents who are scientists and care about science policy issues. This week, schedule a meeting for the last week of May or attend a townhall meeting and ask a question about science policy you care about (federal funding, climate change policy, peer review). The Society has helpful directions on scheduling and preparing for your meeting and finding a town hall session.
Week Three, May 7-13
Many individuals, including students, turn to Wikipedia when they have a question about something. It is after all, usually one of the first items listed after an Internet search. Since many members of the public are getting their information there, it is a great place for scientists to share their knowledge. This week, check a Wikipedia entry on your area of expertise. Is it accurate? Up-to-date? Is there even an entry for what you study or the technique you use? Take a few minutes and provide some updates. Wikipedia has editing instructions
available. Want to take the next step? Get involved with the WikiProject Biophysics
, which is a grassroots effort to look at biophysics topics on Wikipedia more broadly and make sure the information that needs to be there is!
Week Two, April 30-May 6
Did you know that 70% of Americans cannot name a living scientist? Public support for science is a key factor in building Congressional support for science. You can help demystify science and make it more accessible by letting people know who you are and what you do. This week, post a picture of yourself on social media in your lab or with your students...something that showcases who you are and what you do. Use the hashtags #bpsmarches and #thisiswhatascientistlookslike. Not on social media? No problem! Talk to a non-scientist about your work! People trust people they know...so let them know you are a scientist!
Week One, April 23-29
For week one, we ask that you contact your Congressmen and ask them to pass a FY 2017 budget that funds science. This is a critical message at this time since Congress must take action this week to avoid a government shutdown. You can send an email, a Tweet, or post a Facebook message. Take action today!
Marches Around the World
There were over 600 satellite marches on April 22.