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4S Endorses March for Science

03/13/2017

Statement of the Council of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) regarding the April 22, 2017 March for Science

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) endorses the April 22 March for Science, and its support for scientific research and education, evidence-based policy-making, and the upkeep and public accessibility of data needed to understand societal problems.  

The 4S is an international scholarly association that brings together diverse researchers, teachers and practitioners who study the social aspects of science, technology, and medicine.  The work of our membership has demonstrated the value of scientific research, education, and culture in societies around the world, and the importance of both government support and active citizen involvement in these arenas.

In supporting the March for Science, 4S stands in solidarity with many other scholarly organizations, including American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Anthropological Association, and American Sociological Association.   Along with these organizations, 4S denounces escalating suppression of research data, censorship of results, and the defunding of education, research, and other vital scientific infrastructure.  4S challenges governments, private-sector organizations, and scientists themselves to support inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in education and research, all of which are basic requirements for science that serves all human communities.

These concerns are global, and as an international society, the 4S stands in support of similar Marches for Science being held around the world.

The March for Science has catalyzed discussion and events around the world focused on the role of science in society.  4S members can provide important support.  Please send requests, comments or suggestions for further 4S Council action on this topic to Stephen Zehr, 4S Secretary, at szehr@usi.edu.