In pictures: three (hundred thousand) cheers for science!

Sporting clever signs, Elsevier scientists and science supporters take part in science marches

Cell Press colleagues joined marches from San Francisco to Washington, DC, and in scientific capitals such as London, New York and Boston. Here they are in their home base of Massachusetts, where they joined Harvard and MIT protesters. (Photo by Claudia Montefusco for the CrossTalk blog)

On Earth Day, hundreds of thousands of scientists got together and did something scientists rarely do — they spoke with one unified voice. That voice said science is vitally important to the health of our communities, the strength of our economies, the security of our nations and the soundness of our policies, and we should increase, not cut, public investment in research.

In a group of professional skeptics, such unanimous agreement as was on display in 600 cities around the world is extremely rare, and I’m so glad some of these voices were Elsevier employees.

The message seems to have been heard on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, where the recent budget resolution included $2 billion in additional funding for the National Institutes of Health.

It wasn't all serious business, though; we had plenty of fun. Our Cell Press colleagues in Cambridge, Massachusetts, had T-shirts printed up and a sign-making party.

Cell Press colleagues make signs at their headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Andrea Dulberger, Journal Associate at <em>Molecular Cell</em>)

After making some brilliant signs (see below), they joined the Harvard & MIT group for the march to Boston Common. One marcher of unknown affiliation was a woman, several months pregnant, who wore a shirt that read "Meiosis: results may vary."

In Washington, DC, Ann Gabriel and I marched with some colleagues from the Copyright Clearance Center who had printed stickers that read "Facts Matter." Then I set out to document the more obscure and nerdy messages on display.

In contrast to protests you may have heard about involving black-clad youth throwing bricks, this event skewed significantly towards professional scientists, not professional protestors.

These scientists in Washington, DC, get to the point with their messaging: "Invest in research." (Photo by William Gunn)

These two cryptic messages have me intrigued. Can you figure out what they mean? (If you can, clue me in, please!)

A cryptic sign on Capitol Hill. (Photo by William Gunn)

This cryptic sign was made (and photographed) by Stephen Matheson, Senior Editor at <em>Cell Reports</em>.

Speaking of Cell Press, how cool are these t-shirts! I want one!

<em>Cell Reports </em>Senior Managing Editor Kalika Genelin and her son at the march in Birmingham, Alabama.

These folks were doing some science education about Maxwell's Equations, which explain the relationship between electricity and magnetism.

 Yup, Maxwell's Equations. (Photo by William Gunn)

This woman brought some science data to the science march, LIKE A SCIENCE BOSS.

Making a statement with data — specifically data of cherry-blossom peak bloom in Kyoto, Japan, from 803AD to 2016. (Photo by William Gunn)

Of course we had to have a Pluto Truther in the crowd.

Inspired by the planets. (Photo by William Gunn)

Overall, this woman best summed up the feelings of the crowd.

Summing up sentiments in Washington, DC. (Photo by William Gunn)

More on the CrossTalk blog

Read more about Cell Press in the science marches on the CrossTalk blog.


Written by

William Gunn, PhD

Written by

William Gunn, PhD

Dr. William Gunn is the Director of Scholarly Communications for Elsevier, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Gunn attended Tulane University as a Louisiana Board of Regents Fellow, receiving his PhD in Biomedical Science from the Center for Gene Therapy at Tulane University in 2008. His research involved dissecting the molecular mechanism of bone metastasis in multiple myeloma. Frustrated with the inefficiencies of the modern research process, he left academia and established the biology program at Genalyte, a novel diagnostics startup. He subsequently joined Mendeley to make research more open and impactful and now works at Elsevier on altmetrics, reproducibility and open access.

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