AAAS Opens Doors to Science Marchers, Keeps Focus on Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science was among the early partners of the March for Science that eventually drew the support of some 270 organizations. On April 22, the march brought together tens of thousands of science enthusiasts in Washington, D.C. and more than 600 other satellite locations across the globe to hear from scientific leaders, to participate in educational sessions and to champion the ongoing advances science delivers society.                                                      

Rush Holt, AAAS CEO and executive publisher of the Science family of journals, applauded the “very constructive role” AAAS played and the energy of the marchers. “So this is remarkable,” Holt told a crowd gathered for a pre-march rally at AAAS headquarters. “I haven’t seen anything like this – this many scientists actually saying we should step out of the laboratory and into the public square.”