• March for Science Philadelphia

    Saturday, April 22, 2017​, 10a-2p EST

    The March for Science Philadelphia will be held at Penn's Landing - Great Plaza!!


    We will assemble at 10:00a on the south side of City Hall (Juniper Street). The March will kick-off promptly at 11:00a and will go down Market street to Front street, Front street to Chestnut street and then over Chestnut street to Penn's Landing - Great Plaza.


    Entertainment will begin at 11:30a and the March for Science PHL speakers will begin at 12n. The event will end by 2p.

    "The Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (DVAU) feels that a solid wall of separation between church and state will keep Creationism out of science classrooms. We are science supporters who have actively engaged in opposition to teaching Creationism in science classrooms."

    Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA) is a statewide organization of close to 800 members that focuses on K-12 Earth and space science teaching and teachers. The challenges being faced by scientists are directly impacting not just what we teach, but how we teach. We are sharing with you our statement where we endorse not only the March in DC but all the marches taking place in Pennsylvania.

    “We are all scientists, whether we’re wearing lab coats or business suits or hoodies and jeans. We experiment, we fail, and we repeat, over and over again… until we reach a breakthrough. For some of us, that process takes place in the lab, a garage or the marketplace. Science is universal and it’s everywhere. Our experiments and discoveries serve as the foundation for truth and understanding of the world we live in. What unites us all, is a thirst for discovery and ability to learn from our experiences. As a network of innovators solving problems and fueling change, the University City Science Center supports the March for Science.”

    SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science through more than 1600 formal and informal research projects and events. Our database of citizen science projects enables discovery, organization, and greater participation in citizen science.



    “As a university that has prepared students to be leaders, innovators, and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields for nearly 200 years, University of the Sciences is proud to endorse the March for Science and join our fellow champions in this celebration of science. Since our founding, USciences graduates have contributed to progress in every dimension of the health sciences and are proven everywhere they go.”



    The fundraising goal for the March for Science PHL is $40,000.

    Each day we get a little closer to our goal, but we could use your help!


    Donations, fundraising, merchandise sales, sponsorship etc., will all go a long way toward putting on the best March for Science PHL event possible.


    If you can help with fundraising, please email us and get involved.

  • About

    Upcoming Fundraising Events


    April 2, 2017, 6-9P at the Unitarian Society of Germantown

    March for Science Philadelphia Benefit Concert

    A benefit concert will be held to raise funds for the March for Science in Philadelphia. Doors open at 5:30PM and the show will last from 6PM - 9PM. The concert entrance fee is a $10 tax deductible donation to the March for Science Philadelphia. Light snacks will be available for sale.


    April 8, 2017, 8-11P at the Field House

    Stand Up for Science Mixer & Concert

    oin us for a night of STEM networking followed by a show with local bands Magnificent Birds of Prey (MBOP) and Flannel - A Grungy '90s Revival. Doors open at 8PM with some time to meet local STEM professionals and students before the show begins. Advanced tickets are $10 and can be purchase via eventbrite. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

    March for Science Philadelphia is one of over 400 satellite marches for the March for Science.

    Saturday, April 22, 2017​, 10a-2p EST

    The March for Science Philadelphia will be held at Penn's Landing - Great Plaza!!


    We will assemble at 10:00a on the south side of City Hall (Juniper Street). The March will kick-off promptly at 11:00a and will go down Market street to Front street, Front street to Chestnut street and then over Chestnut street to Penn's Landing - Great Plaza.


    Entertainment will begin at 11:30a and the March for Science PHL speakers will begin at 12n. The event will end by 2p.


    Let us know you are coming! Register via our Eventbrite page.

    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!

  • Speakers

    Our complete speaker's list will be released soon! In the meantime, check out our confirmed speakers below. Stay tuned!

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

    Twitter: @IshmailSaboor

    Associate Professor and Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

    Professor of Chemistry, Bryn Mawr College and Adjunct Scholar, Vatican Observatory

    Twitter: @MichelleFrancl

    Math Teacher, Gerrymandering Educator, and Voting Rights Activist

    Twitter: @BEthGoldHux

    Director of Innovation Research for the Center for Resuscitation Science; Course Director at the Penn School of Nursing; Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Penn; #Scicomm

    Twitter: @marionleary



    Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Penn

    Twitter: @DrPaulOffit

    Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute.

    Twitter: @coolastronomer


    President, American Atheists

    Science advocate and communicator

    Twitter: @MrAtheistPants

  • 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 task click the specific link below & complete the volunteer form.

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

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

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

    Assist with the event on April 22nd!

  • Diversity

    Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility are central to the mission and principles of the March for Science. Scientists and people who care about science are an intersectional group, embodying a diverse range of races, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, religions, ages, socioeconomic and immigration statuses. We, the march organizers, represent and stand in solidarity with historically underrepresented scientists and science advocates. We are united by our passion to pursue and share knowledge.


    We acknowledge that society and scientific institutions often fail to include and value the contributions of scientists from underrepresented groups. Systems of privilege influence who becomes a part of the science community, what topics we study, and how we apply our work in creating new technologies and crafting policy. We recognize that, historically and today, some scientific endeavors have been used to harm and oppress marginalized communities. Political actions -- such as gag orders for government science agencies, funding freezes, immigration bans, and policy changes blocking action on climate change -- lead to greater damage for vulnerable populations. Science itself can drive our conversations about the importance of diversity, as it provides us with the data to understand how systemic bias and discrimination impact our communities and how best to change it. We will continue improving our understanding of our problematic structures, biases, and actions in order to grow a healthier future for all.


    We recognize that a diverse and inclusive scientific community asks a broader range of questions and rewards us with a greater understanding of our world. Diversity and inclusion improve creativity, drive discovery and innovation, and lead to better problem-solving by drawing on multiple perspectives. Sustaining diversity increases the capacity for change, strengthens the resilience of natural and social systems, and enhances human well-being.

    To move forward as a scientific community, we must explicitly acknowledge the many significant, and often overlooked, historical and modern contributions of underrepresented members of our communities. We better serve everyone when we affirm that the labors and achievements of underrepresented communities are foundational to the creation and maintenance of our democracy; engage in difficult conversations; and sustain an open scientific community that celebrates, respects, and includes people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.


    These statements require actions

    • We commit to educating ourselves and others about the issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in science.
    • We support and encourage the challenging conversations that follow.
    • We pledge to amplify the work of underrepresented scientists and to address concerns and critiques as we work together to make scientific spaces more equitable.
    • We stand behind our policies on accessibility, harassment, and nonviolence.
    • We advocate for the policies enabling equal access to science education, careers in science, and the benefits of science.

    And, as always, we invite feedback on centralizing diversity and inclusion in our vision and actions.

  • Science in Philly

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


    Meet some locals working in the sciences in our #ProfilesinSTEM blog series.

    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.

    Flower Show

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

    Horticultural Society

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


    Pennsylvania Hospital, founded by Philly's own 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.

    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."


    Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences, founded in 1821, was the first college of pharmacy in North America

    Science Museum

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


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

  • Merchandise

    Our official March for Science PHL swag is now available!

    Proceeds go to support our local march, so consider purchasing one (or more) today! Check out our tees, buttons, stickers, mugs, hats and more...


    All shirts bought by March 30th will be delivered in time for the march.

    After that there are no guarantees. So get your swag now!

    March for Science PHL Swag

    Check out our new items and order them now!

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    The official March for Science PHL t-shirt, the Bohr atom meets the Liberty Bell.

    Kiss my Asimov

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    A champion of human and scientific exploration, Isaac is back in technicolor with “KISS MY ASIMOV.” Click here to purchase!

    Science is everywhere!

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

    Nerdy Ben

    No longer available.

    Ben sees your future and it’s in science! Adjust your specs and stay nerdy! Click here to view.

  • 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.


    To Donate by check or money order 

    Make payable to the “Freethought Society” and send to:
    The Freethought Society
    March for Science Committee
    P.O. Box 242
    Pocopson, PA 19366

    MUST ADD "March for Science PHL" in the memo line!

  • Contact

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

    philamarch4sci@gmail dot com




    Let us know you are coming!