How can I contact you if my questions aren’t answered here?
There are several ways get in contact:
– send an email (email@example.com)
– mention us in your posts, or send a direct message on social media (@SciforProgress on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram)
As of now, any of these communications go directly to Dennis Eckmeier.
What is Science for Progress?
Science for Progress is an upstarting community for science advocacy, based in Lisbon, Portugal. We are following the March for Science, and our goal is to strengthen the roles of the sciences in society. We have social media outlets and this website to share content and invite people to join in. At the same time we will organize life events in Lisbon. To create content and events, we are currently building an organization team! Want to join? Depending on how things go, we might turn into an association, or a non profit organization, one day, but let's take it slowly!
What kind of activities are you organizing?
Our current flagship project is a science convention. The goal of this event is to give the lay visitor an understanding for the scientific process, current societal challenges, and a positive outlook on how the sciences can help tackle these problems. We hope to make it happen by the end of the school year 2017/2018. The 2-3 days long convention would consist of workshops, debates, a job market, and one or two keynote talks. As for concrete topics that we find appropriate, we have an incomplete list.
There are, of course, other means to propagate our message. Social media, and this website will hopefully grow into platforms for, for example, articles, podcasts, or videos... and, yes, memes! We're really up for anything. But to get it done well, it takes a whole community of motivated people!
What about the humanities?
I (the initiator) am a STEMer through and through, So, I'm probably not doing a good job at making it clear, but I really want people studying the humanities to be part of this whole thing! Come and advocate for the humanities!
Is this a political group*?
Yes. We are following the March for Science, which was triggered by the growing political influence of ideologies that conflict with the empirical evidence, and current scientific understanding. Our goal is to further societal progress by advocating for science and education (progressivism). Our approach is to communicate with the public, government and policymakers, and academia. These are inherently political activities.
The core political messages of Science for Progress must be in support of the scientific endeavor itself. Further, we support political debate that is based on empirical evidence that is evaluated using scientific and ethical standards.
Such positions are often between party-lines. Climate change denial, anti-vaccination, nuclear energy, fear of genetically modified food, etc; every political community seems to embrace views that the currently available evidence disagrees with. Science for Progress can not sign any ideological label associated with such believes.
* we did not discuss this, yet, so it is the initiator's answer.
Are you Big pHarma, Big Government, Big Reptoid, or Big Whatever shills?
No. We don't affiliate with a political party, or educational institution, we have neither partners nor sponsors. In future we might need support from third parties. When it comes to that point we will have a funding committee to decide which kind of arrangements would be acceptable. Obviously we would not accept arrangements that would allow third parties to influence our content and stance.[Seriously, the amount of shill money I am apparently supposed to get should allow me a much better lifestyle. (DE)]
What's up with that monster?
It's not a monster, it's really tiny. It's called a tardigrade (or water bear) and we voted it to be the mascot for the Marcha pela Ciência. Sadly we did not have time and manpower to really use it for anything, so I just adopted it for Science for Progress. I think it works well, because it's one of the most resilient animals ever to be studied. You can freeze-dry it, and shoot it with radiation, and it will recover - it survives being in space! I see it as a metaphor for a resilient and tolerant society that prospers through adaptation - using science!