March for science 2018
Many of us in the Tampa Bay area (but certainly not as many as I was hoping) attended the 2018 edition of the march for science. As I wrote last year for the first edition of the march, we scientists need to be more involved in explaining to others what we do and why it has value. When someone questions spending public money on studying fruit flies, we need society to be informed enough to understand that there is a very good reason we do some studies on animal models first and on humans only in the final stages.
It is tempting to attend one of these marches and then go home feeling good about yourself but if these marches have any use is to spark some sort of action. So what action should you follow as a scientists?
Luckily there is an increasing number of venues where one could help. I (un)modestly propose the taste of science festival. The 2018 edition is only a week away. If there are events near you then come and see if that is your cup of tea, if there are not then maybe next year you could volunteer to have this festival (or your own version) in your city.