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March for Science

On Earth Day, April 22nd 2017, Marches for Science will take place in more than 500 cities around the globe. The directors of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen strongly endorse this major event, which will celebrate the crucial role of science in the modern world.
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."

Practical information

  • When and where?

On April 22nd, the March for Science will start at 12pm and end at 4pm at the Museumplein in Amsterdam.

  • What?

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.

March for Science global

On April 22, more than 500 rallies are set to take place all over the world: screenshot from the website of the organisers of the Science March. © Google Maps / Science March.
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This is the MPI

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is an institute of the German Max Planck Society. Our mission is to undertake basic research into the psychological,social and biological foundations of language. The goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types.

The institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University. We participate in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and have particularly close ties to that institute's Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. We also participate in the Centre for Language Studies. A joint graduate school, the IMPRS in Language Sciences, links the Donders Institute, the CLS and the MPI.



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