March for Science
During the March for Science, initiated in Washington (USA), scientists and non-scientists will celebrate the crucial role of science in the modern world. The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics strongly endorses this event and wants to share the following statement:
"Science has transformed our understanding of the world and of ourselves, benefitting virtually every aspect of our day-to-day lives. At its heart, science enables us to use evidence and data, rather than feelings or opinions, to decide between different explanations, moving us ever closer to the truth. Sadly, we are living in a time when scientific thinking, and the virtues of expertise, in-depth knowledge, and objective evaluation, are all coming under threat. Confidence in the existence of verifiable facts is being eroded, misinformation is becoming the currency of communication.
At the Max Planck Institute (MPI), we are dedicated to unpacking the mysteries of how humans acquire and use language, how it gives us the ability to share complex thoughts with others. Now, more than ever, the importance of clear transparent communication is paramount to safeguard the future of human society.
This is why the members of our MPI community - directors, researchers, support staff, friends and family; people from many different nationalities speaking many different languages - will be joining the March for Science in Amsterdam, showing our support for the core message: Science not Silence, Discovery not Dogma, Facts not Fantasies."
- When and where?
On April 22nd, the March for Science will start at 12pm and end at 4pm at the Museumplein in Amsterdam.
On the main stage, several prominent researchers, including MPI director Peter Hagoort, will give speeches. Furthermore, there will be teach-in tents where a number of contributors will show how they do their research and where people can try out experiments for themselves.
- How do I participate?
To receive updates on the Dutch March for Science or show your support, please register at the website.