March for Science: resources for getting involved

March for Science: resources for getting involved

Planning is well underway for the main March for Science in Washington, DC on 22 April, as well as for satellite marches in more than 500 cities around the world and online as well. As an official partner of the global March movement, Cochrane encourages our contributors and colleagues to get involved in participating in or planning a March in your area. To help you get started, the Communications and External Affairs team has pulled together a list of ideas and resources that we'll be adding to right up to March day - read on for more info!
 

Get informed about what’s happening

Check the March for Science website to learn more about the March’s principles and goals, or to find a march near you. Follow #ScienceMarch on Twitter for the latest updates.

Promote the march

Cochrane Board Co-Chair Lisa Bero talks about our support of the March - promote or share!

Cochrane at the March for Science

Post or retweet news on Twitter using the #ScienceMarch hashtag. Share information about a local March with your local networks – your Cochrane colleagues, your host institutions, local partners, or other groups that you work with or are involved in.

Get involved!

Want to find out if there's a satellite march near you? Check the listing of registered marches on the website. Register to attend your local March – the main March website now has a form where you can register your attendance at any official march worldwide. (Please let us know about your involvement also, by emailing admin@cochrane.org.)

Reach out to organizers of your local March - let them know that you work with an official partner organization, and offer to help get involved in planning. Are you or a Cochrane colleague in your area willing to speak publicly about the key role that science plays in society and how it affects critical issues in your region? Consider liaising on getting Cochrane contributors included as event speakers or spokespeople. (Don’t forget to review our Spokesperson policy for guidance, and please contact Nancy Owens with any questions or for support on developing messages.)

Find out if your local march is scheduled to have an exhibition space or interactive activities. Cochrane US has developed an interactive exercise which compares chocolate bars to help teach people to understand the principles of randomized trial design. They’ll be using it at the Washington DC March teach-in; we've got resources to help you organize your own. If you're interested please contact us for more info and assistance in getting comparison candy bars shipped to you from another country.

Tell us what’s important where you are – March organizers are gathering statements from marchers all over the world about why they’re marching and what the important issues are in their regions. Send us your name, where you’re from, and why you’re marching, and we’ll add you to the list.

Related reading: "Seven things to keep in mind if you're going to March for Science" (The Conversation)

Related reading: "Marchers around the world tell us why they're taking to the streets for science" (Science magazine)

Share your ideas for slogans – we’ve started a Pinterest board with ideas for signs to make and carry; share links that you’d like to add with Holly Millward and we’ll include a selection. 

Print out our 'Why I March for Science' posters - We have created a set of A4 and A3 posters for you to print out and use as well as a blank version for you to add your own slogan. Take these on the March and take photos of you and your poster for social media.


Can't join a march? Have some spare time on March day? Join Cochrane Crowd's Sprint Screen Citation Challenge and help contribute to the health evidence base.

Questions or suggestions?

If you’ve got questions or other ideas on getting involved and making the March a success worldwide, please contact us; we’ll be updating this resources page with ideas, resources, and news right up to 22 April.

April 12, 2017