Necessary steps in the March for Science
Oprettet den: Monday, 8. May 2017 - 10:58 / caf
In a time where facts are more and more subjective and fake news are in abundance, the March for Science is now more relevant than ever. That is why IDA supported the global event’s Danish march on April 22, 2017.
The President for IDA, Thomas Damkjær Petersen, is happy to see that science and scientific research is making its mark on street level.
“Science is the cornerstone of all development, and science is a central element in all facets of societal development at large. Facts and knowledge need to be protected, and any attempts to set limitations for the possibilities to research and, not least, communicate the results to the public does not belong in our society. Therefore, IDA can only support this initiative,” he says.
According to Thomas Damkjær Petersen, March for Science is first and foremost a tribute to science and the enormous role it plays in today’s society.
“Scientists’ participation in the public debate, where they add their professional knowledge and qualify debates, is essential for a modern society. If the scientists experience that their opportunities for doing this somehow is limited, decision-makers could end up taking the wrong decisions,” he says.
Thomas Damkjær Petersen also hopes that the march can create a renewed focus on the way politicians in Denmark prioritize science.
”Denmark needs to prioritize science more. Education and research should not be areas where we cut down on resources. The technological development is moving faster and faster, and only science and research is our guarantee that we can keep up with other countries,” he says.
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