6 April 2017, No. 06/2017

Alliance of Science Organisations supports the March for Science

Joint statement issued by the Alliance of Science Organisations

The Alliance of Science Organisations welcomes and supports the March for Science. Initiated in the United States, it will also be held in many German cities and a great number of other places around the world on 22 April. The demonstration is an important, unequivocal endorsement of the freedom of science. It is a protest against the attacks which are currently being directed against this freedom in a number of societies and countries, even within the European Union.

Anti-democratic, anti-science actions and tendencies at the hands of political decision-makers and populist movements are threatening the work and values of science and all those who work in it. They restrict the return society gains from science and, at the same time, impinge on the basic principles of liberal constitutional systems as well as open forms of society and ways of life. Not only for their own sake, science and its organisations must take a decisive stand on both points.

Germany has a cosmopolitan, pluralistic and, as a result, also particularly effective science system. The freedom of research and teaching is ensconced in the constitution and underpinned by a broadly-based level of social and political trust. This is mirrored by significant public investment and general conditions which are the envy of many other countries. At the same time, this special status also entails the obligation to adopt a stance against any kind of threat to science and its freedom.

Contact:
Roland Koch
Press Spokesperson
Helmholtz Association
Tel.: +49 30 206329-56
roland.koch(at)helmholtz.de

 

Joint Statement by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, German Rectors’ Conference, Leibniz Association, German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, German Academic Exchange Service, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Max Planck Society and German Council of Science and Humanities.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 28,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 54 Nobel Prize winners.

The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany

The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany is a union of the most important German research organisations. It issues statements relating to research policy and funding and the structural development of the German research system.

Contact

Georg Scholl
Head of
Press, Communications and Marketing
Tel.: +49 228 833-258
Fax: +49 228 833-441
presse(at)avh.de

Roland Koch
Helmholtz Association
Press Spokesperson
Tel.: +49 30 206329-56
roland.koch(at)helmholtz.de