Thousands to Attend Saturday’s March for Science Rally and Expo in Downtown LA

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LOS ANGELES— The second annual March for Science Los Angeles rally and expo will take place on Saturday, April 14 at 9:00am in Pershing Square Park in downtown Los Angeles. Thousands of scientists, educators, advocates and community members are expected to attend.

The event is hosted by the LA Alliance for Science, a year-round organization born out of last year’s march. Despite nearly 90-degree weather, 50,000 people came to the March for Science Los Angeles in 2017, making it one of the largest March for Science events in the country.

“As the administration’s assaults on our health and environment and relentless distortion of facts continue, we need to mobilize in defense of evidence-based policymaking,” said Jennifer Wheeler, managing director of the LA Alliance for Science. “We want to bring Angelenos together, point to concrete solutions and give them tools to fight for science throughout the year.”

The rally will run from 10:00am-11:00am and feature speeches on topics ranging from the importance of diversity in research to the role of science in fighting problems like climate change and gun violence.

“Trump’s purging climate science from policy to benefit the dirty fossil fuel industry,” said John Fleming, a Center for Biological Diversity scientist who will speak about climate change. “When the White House serves as a megaphone for climate denial, scientists must speak even louder.”

"We need to take a stand and fight for health policy which has its foundations on data-driven research and science," said Mona Patel, a Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physician who will speak about children’s health policy.

Currently confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Laura Danly, astrophysicist and curator
  • Kevin de León, California state senator
  • Malik Ducard, global head of family and learning at YouTube
  • Dr. John Fleming, climate scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity
  • Dr. Carlos G. Gutiérrez, chemistry professor at Cal State LA
  • Dr. Mona Patel, physician and pediatrics professor at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Jess Phoenix, volcanologist
  • Dr. Tepring Piquado, neuroscientist
  • Yadira Valadez, TECHNOLOchicas ambassador and computer scientist

The science expo will run from 9:00am-4:00pm throughout the park and feature informational booths, teach-ins and voter registration. From 11:30am-4:00pm, Nerdist’s science editor Kyle Hill will emcee interactive demos, science-inspired entertainment and a series of focused sessions on the stage. The focused sessions will feature short talks from experts on the following themes:

  • What Everyone Needs to Know about Science
  • How to Get involved in Policymaking
  • Environmental Justice: Can You Make a Difference?
  • Inspiring the Next STEM Generation in LA

The LA Alliance for Science is a team of over 25 dedicated volunteers with diverse backgrounds and expertise—from organic chemistry to business management. The group is launching local programming and partnerships throughout the year focused on science education and communication.

Partners of this year’s event include Nerdist, the Women’s March LA Foundation, LA Makerspace, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Inquiry and the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

Media Contact: Rebecca Fuoco, rebecca@marchforsciencela.com