• The Franklin Institute supports the March for Science, and it’s exciting to see the greater Philadelphia community come together to celebrate science. Our mission is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology, and we provide opportunities for students, families, and adults to do that all year long. We will continue to be a resource for science education for our community, and to stand up for science, as we have done for 193 years.”

  • About

    March for Science PHL is one of over 100 satellite march for the March for Science.

    Saturday, April 22, 2017​

    Route to be announced soon!

    The mission of the March for Science

    The March for Science is a celebration of science. It's not about scientists or politicians, it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense? Read more.

    Why now?

    We believe that science, as a field of knowledge and way of thinking, is not swayed by politics or opinions; it is nonpartisan and all-inclusive. Recent shifts in public policy and changes in the public discourse have illuminated that we need to do better in communicating the scientific process and findings to those outside the scientific community.

    Who should march?

    Our response is to come together as one community, take a stand, and lead a new conversation. We welcome everyone that supports the scientific research, learning and communication to join us on April 22, 2017 and march for science.

    Want to help with outreach?

    Download our March for Science PHL flyer and help us spread the word! You can hang it up in your neighborhood and/or at work. Share the flyer on social media and with your family, friends, and co-workers! Send it out to your local schools, science centers, and community groups!

  • Get Involved

    There is a lot of work to be done between now and April 22, 2017 and we can use all the help we can get! Anyone who values empirical science can participate!


    To volunteer for a particular task click the specific link below & complete the volunteer form.

    Please note, some tasks are not taking volunteers at this time.

    For general information email: volunteer.philamarch4sci@gmail.com


    Assist with obtaining permits, route marshals, sound & stage equipment, port-a-potties, etc.

    Assist with contacting speakers, creating an agenda, booking entertainment, and planning the March route etc.

    Assist with the management of Social Media sites, creating press releases, Press Contacts sheets as well as a contact list for Science Museums, Organizations, Universities etc.

    Assist with raising funds for the event including planning fundraising events, setting up crowdsourcing sites, obtaining donations etc.

    Assist with the Diversity Committee, reaching out to scientists, science communicators and the general public that reflect our diversity policy. 

    Assist with the event on April 22nd!

    Assist with Scientists Engagement; Encourage scientists and science communicators to bring a non-scientist to the March for Science!

  • Diversity

    In the past days, scientists have voiced concern over many issues - gag orders for government science agencies, funding freezes, and reversing science based policies. We recognize that these changes will differently and disproportionately affect minority scientists, science advocates, and the global communities impacted by these changes in American policies. Addressing these issues is imperative in understanding how recent developments will affect all people - not simply the most privileged among us. We take seriously your concerns that for this march to be meaningful, we must centralize diversity of the march's organizers at all levels of planning. Diversity must also be reflected in the march itself - both through the mission statement and those who participate.


    At the March for Science, we are committed to highlighting, standing in solidarity with, and acting as allies with black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander, indigenous, Muslim, non-Christian, non-religious, women, people with disabilities, poor, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans, non-binary, agender, and intersex scientists and science advocates. We must work to make science available to everyone and encouraging individuals of all backgrounds to pursue science careers, especially in advanced degrees and positions. A diverse group of scientists produces increasingly diverse research, which broadens, strengthens, and enriches scientific inquiry, and therefore, our understanding of the world.


  • Philly Science Facts

    Philly is a city of firsts, and when it comes to science, we stand alone!

    Science Museum

    The Franklin Institute, "founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin."


    Pennsylvania Hospital, founded by Philly's own Benjamin Franklin!

    Botanical Garden

    Bartram's Garden was begun by John Bartram in 1728 to systematically gather North American plants. Bartram also co-founded the American Philosophical Society with Benjamin Franklin.

    Medical School

    The University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine was "the first and only medical school in the thirteen American colonies... as of the fall of 1765.

    Horticultural Society

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society was created in 1827 "for the promotion of this interesting and highly influential branch of Science."

    Flower Show

    The Philadelphia Flower Show "is the nation's largest and longest-running horticultural event."


    The Philadelphia Zoo, established in 1859, "like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, is an American first".

    Natural Science

    The Academy of Natural Sciences "was founded in 1812 for the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences, and the advancement of useful learning."

  • Merchandise

    Our official March for Science PHL t-shirt is now available!

    Proceeds go to support our local march, so consider purchasing one (or more) today! More March for Science PHL swag (buttons, hats) will be available soon!

    March for Science PHL

    On sale now through March 4th!

    The official March for Science PHL t-shirt, the Bohr atom meets the Liberty Bell. On sale NOW in multiple colors! Click here to purchase.

    Nerdy Ben

    Available March 5 - March 15th!

    Ben sees your future and it’s in science! Adjust your specs and stay nerdy! Available in black only.

    Kiss my Asimov

    Available March 16th - March 26th

    champion of human and scientific exploration, Isaac is back in technicolor with “KISS MY ASIMOV.”

    Science is everywhere!

    Available March 27th - April 7th

    Stimulate your mind and solve this puzzle. Science is everywhere, so why not wear it in every color?

  • Donate

    Help us March for Science in Philly!


    Donations are being handled on behalf of the march by The Freethought Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization. Donations are tax-exempt.

    No goods or services are provided.


    Your donation will be used for required insurance and permits. Plans are also being made to provide staging, seating, audio/visual teams & other rally needs.

  • Contact

    Connect with us for up-to-date announcements on the #ScienceMarchPHL!