March for science protest

The March ended with a rally at Queen’s Park.

Signs of the Times at the March for Science

Amidst a distressing environment of science denial and "alternative facts", pro-science marchers have still kept their sense of humour.

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Last weekend, in over 600 events all over the globe, hundreds of thousands of science supporters took to the streets in the March for Science. The marches were meant to underscore the importance of stable funding for science research and evidence-based policy – two issues that have been top of mind since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President last November.

But of course, no march would be complete without clever signs. Here are just some of the photos from the Toronto March for Science.

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The Science Marchers come down Bay St. from Nathan Phillips Square
science march sign 1
“Think research is expensive? Try disease.”
science march sign 2
“Science doesn’t care if you believe in it.”
Science Marchers as far as the eye could see. Estimates says about 3000 people came out to show their support.
science march sign 3
“Science for smart, sustainable policy.”
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“Science, not silence!”
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The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research showing their support
science march dog
Even the animals marched today: “Climate change is real doggonit!”
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“Science! It’s like magic, but real!”
science march sign 6
“So severe, even the nerds are here. PS climate change is real”
Science March sign Simpsons
“There’s nothing more exciting than science. You get all the fun of sitting still, being quiet, writing down numbers, paying attention… science has it all!” Classic Simpsons
Science march sign bees
“Bee (a) scientist. Science for bees.”
science march sign integral
“Inclusion work is integral to science”
science march sign imaginary numbers
“Alternative facts are square root -1” (imaginary)
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Malgosia Pakulska is a freelance science writer, speaker, and blogger. She completed her PhD in Professor Molly Shoichet’s lab studying drug delivery systems for spinal cord regeneration after injury. She is still passionate about research and wants to share that excitement with the public. When she is not in the lab, she is experimenting in the kitchen and blogging about it at Smart Cookie Bakes.