Principles

Science protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs, and the future we all want to live in and preserve for coming generations.

Science that serves the common good

Scientists work to build a better understanding of the world around us. Science is a process, not a product — a tool of discovery that allows us to constantly expand and revise our knowledge of the universe. In doing so, science serves the interests of all humans. We must protect the rights of every person to engage with, learn from, and help shape science, free from manipulation by special interests.

Open, honest and inclusive science communication

We support science communication that teaches children and adults to think critically, ask questions, and evaluate truth based on the weight of evidence.  Science is not a field that should be understood only by a small few — every person, from every background, deserves an education that encourages scientific learning alongside the arts and humanities.

Evidence-based policy and regulations

Science observes and asks questions about the world. Our understanding is constantly changing, presenting us with new questions and answers. Science gives us the ability to examine these questions, enabling us to craft improved policies and regulations that serve our best interests. Political decision-making should make use of peer-reviewed evidence and scientific consensus.


March for Science Sweden’s Manifesto

We support the March for Science and the three main principles behind the demonstration. By participating in the March for Science, we are calling for a society where science and facts are valued in planning and decision making.

1. Science is open, inclusive and diverse.

We promote open, inclusive and accessible science that embraces diversity and allows different viewpoints to be heard and more questions to be asked. The importance of knowledge, a scientific approach and critical thinking should be seen as self-evident in all parts of society.

2. Research is recognised as an essential part of democracy.

Research is a part of society. We call for an open dialogue, which enables researchers and the public to share their knowledge and where opinions, questions and ideas are welcomed and utilised.

3. Decision-making is based on evidence-based knowledge.

Research is essential if society is to solve the major societal challenges that we face. Therefore decisions must be based on facts and evidence-based knowledge.

You are welcome to publish and distribute the manifesto to support the March for Science Sweden.


Goals

Advocate for open, inclusive and accessible science

The process and results of scientific inquiry should be open to all. A lack of diversity in science hampers the research we do, the answers we seek, and our ability to serve our communities. Science can ably and accurately inform the decision-making of all people, from the choices we make as consumers to the policies we adopt through public debate. It can only do so, however, if we value the voices of all members of our global community.

Partner with the public

Science works best when scientists share our findings with the communities. This empowers everyone to contribute to future research directions. These lines of communication must reach all communities and must go in both directions.  If scientists hope to discuss their work with the public, they must also listen to the public’s thoughts and opinions on science and research.  Progress can only be made by mutual respect.

Affirm science as a democratic value

Science is a vital feature of a working democracy, spurring innovation, critical thinking, increased understanding, and better, healthier lives for all people. We gather together to stand up for science and scientists. We pledge to speak up for them when they are silenced, to protect them when they are threatened and to provide them with support when they feel they can no longer serve their institutions.