This year instead of marching we are focusing on programming and our Science Expo. We hope to bring people together around science, point to concrete policy options and give people tools to explore science and support evidence-based policies throughout the year.
The Science Rally will run from 10 AM - 11 AM. We are proud to announce our confirmed speakers include Astrophysicist and Curator Dr. Laura Danly, Malik Ducard of YouTube, Dr. John Fleming of Center for Biological Diversity, Dr. Carlos G. Gutiérrez Professor of Chemistry at Cal State LA, Dr. Mona Patel of Children's Hospital LA, and Neurobiologist Dr. Tepring Piquado.
Our Science Expo booths will be open from 9 AM - 4 PM and will be centered around celebrating science through science education, communication, policy, and outreach.
From 11:30 AM - 4 PM, Nerdist's Science Editor Kyle Hill will MC the expo stage, which will feature live interactive demos, science-inspired entertainment, and include a series of focused sessions.
Focused Session Topics
- What Citizens Need to Know About Science: Local experts discuss a range of scientific topics impacting our daily lives, including climate change, earthquake preparedness, GMOs, renewable energy and vaccines. This session will break down these complex issues for the general public so that everyone comes away with a better understanding of each of them, and are better equipped to cut through all of the misinformation that’s out there.
- How to Get Involved in Policy Making: Governmental science policy affects every facet of our society, as well as our individual quality of life. Featuring legislative staff from every level of government -- federal, state, and local -- this session will instruct citizens in how best to connect with their offices, as well as provide resources to those hoping to become even more directly involved by running for office themselves. Topics will include: connecting with legislators, wide-ranging civic engagement, running for office, and local policy overview.
- Environmental Justice: Can You Make a Difference?: Scientists and environmental activists break down the concept of Environmental Justice, as well as the broader movement behind it. They will look at the impact of scientific research on certain communities -- where it has had an affect, and where it hasn’t -- as well as how those same communities can foster greater promotion of Environmental Justice moving forward.
Inspiring the Next STEM Generation in LA: Educators, program leaders, and students will discuss their experiences with S.T.E.M. programs throughout Los Angeles’s school system. They will also educate listeners as to these same programs, while sharing ideas for educating children in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, so as to ensure that the next generation of L.A. students have even greater opportunities to learn and apply them.