April 22 (Earth Day) | Social Scientists and the March for Science

Why Social Science? is a space to talk about the unique contributions the social and behavioral sciences have made to making our society better and improving the lives of people around the world. The upcoming March for Science brings the opportunity to join with fellow scientists, researchers, and supporters from across fields, disciplines, professions, and industries to focus on Why Science—all science—is such a fundamental driver of human progress around the world.

The March for Science is a nonpartisan movement that “champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” Through over 500 marches around the world, including a march in Washington, DC on April 22, the March for Science plans to celebrate and bring attention to the role science plays in improving our lives and advancing knowledge. The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) is an official partner of the March for Science, as are a dozen COSSA member organizations, with several other COSSA members having endorsed the goals of the March. A complete list of partner organizations is available on the March for Science website.

While the march is political in that it hopes to bring positive attention to the contributions and pursuit of science from both the public and policymakers, it is explicitly not partisan. In fact, the March’s core principles are simple and uncontroversial:

  • Science that serves the common good
  • Evidence-based policy and regulations in the public interest
  • Cutting-edge science education
  • Diversity and inclusion in STEM
  • Open, honest science and inclusive public outreach
  • Funding for scientific research and its applications, not limited to a few fields or specific demographics; scientific support must be inclusive of diverse disciplines and communities.

Read more about the March for Science and COSSA's efforts to preserve and promote social and behavioral science research and federal policies that positively impact the conduct of research.