On April 14, 2018, the March for Science will hold its second rally in support of science. More than 175 cities worldwide will host simultaneous events. Organized by scientists and advocates for science, the March for Science is an opportunity for the diverse scientific community to come together with one voice to call for:
support for science,
support for publicly funded research, and
the need for policymakers to enact evidence-based policies
The most effective way to influence policies and protect science is to encourage the public to value and invest in it. The march is an opportunity for scientists to reach out to their communities, to take science out of the labs and journals and share it with the world.
The Endocrine Society is a proud partner of the March for Science and created the toolkit below to provide information about the events, and, more importantly, to facilitate ways you can continue to share the message of the march with policymakers. By being an advocate for science Society Members in the U.S. and around the world can help shape the debate among policymakers, in the press, and on social media.
The March for Science is an opportunity to celebrate science and support the scientific community, and we thank our members who are participating. Find a march near you and RSVP here!
For more details about the March for Science taking place in Washington, DC, including a list of speakers, please see here.
Be an Advocate for Science
Whether you are able to attend the March for Science or not, there are many ways that you can get involved and urge policymakers to support science and the scientific community. Below we have identified activities for U.S. and international members of the Endocrine Society.
For U.S. Members
Write to US Senators and Representatives. Urge your members of Congress to support the NIH using our online campaign. All you need to do is either enter your home address OR both your email address and your Endocrine Society member ID, and our software will provide you with a pre-written letter that you may personalize, if you choose, and direct the letter to your congressional delegation. Taking action will only take a moment of your time, but it will have real impact. We cannot expect Members of Congress to support our issues if they do not hear from us.
Attend a Town Hall forum. Members of Congress regularly return to their home states and home districts to meet with their constituents, typically in a “town hall” forum. This is a perfect opportunity for you and your community to speak out about issues that are important to you and engage directly with your congressional representation. Visit www.townhallproject.com to find out when and where your next town hall will be. Do you plan on attending a town hall? Please see our town hall toolkit, or contact us for further information.
Schedule a visit. One of the most effective ways to get your message across is to meet directly with your member of Congress (or his/her staff). You can schedule a meeting at their office in their home district (see our home district visit guide), or you can even meet with them in their Washington, DC office. Please contact us if you are interested in scheduling a visit. Society staff with help you with scheduling and provide you with talking points for meeting with your legislators.
For International Members
Write to international policymakers. Sending a letter/email to a policymaker is an effective way of sharing information about an issue and influencing the policymaker’s perspective. Members of the Endocrine Society from outside the United States are strongly encouraged to share information about the March for Science, and, more importantly, the importance of supporting science with their policymakers.
Who to write to? Endocrine Society members live in countries all over the world that have different political systems. Society members can write to the head of their government, health minister, and/or local elected officials.
How to send a letter? Policymakers prefer receiving email communications. You can google the name of your government officials and contact information, including an email address, will be provided.
What should I say? Click here for a sample letter you can use.The letter can be personalized, but remember to keep the letter brief, about one page. Society members can send in English or translate into their language.
Write a Letter to the Editor.
A Letter to the Editor (LTE) is an easy way to make a BIG impact. Editors do not publish every LTE, but they do pay attention – especially when letters that are well-written and connected to an article they just published. Here are a few helpful tips:
Make it relevant: Try to respond to a recent story the paper has published about science or research funding.
Mind your word count: Strive to write a letter that is less than 300 words; papers will print letters that are short and get to the point.
Send it to the right place: To find Letter to the Editor submission information for your local newspaper, visit the paper’s “Opinion” page on its website and look for Letter to the Editor submission instructions, or look for a “Contact Us” link, usually toward the bottom of the newspaper’s homepage, to find contact information for the Editorial Department and submission instructions.
Follow instructions: Follow submission instructions closely; some newspapers require readers to send an email including the text of the letter (do NOT send attachments) and others require that submissions be sent via an online form.Contact info is critical: Make sure that you include your first and last name (no initials), address, daytime and evening phone numbers, and email address.
If you are interested in sending an LTE, contact Aaron Lohr, Chief Communications Officer, at email@example.com. Society staff will provide you with the rules from your newspaper, tips for publication, and a template.
Share the March for Science message on social media
Share your continued support for the March for Science messages (and your experience) on social media. Social media is a great way to reach a large audience.
All US Members of Congress are active on social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.
"Research saves lives! Support science. Fund #NIH #MarchforScience @TheEndoSociety"
Can’t make it to the March? Interested in other ways you can show your support?
You can participate in our Twibbon campaign! Simply download the blue ribbon and overlay it on your Facebook and Twitter profiles. Our goal is to fill social media with this blue ribbon to show how profoundly science has improved people’s lives. We encourage all who care about science to participate.