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The March for Science

3/15/2017-

by SIOP Administrative Office

APA Endorses April 22 Event in Support of the Scientific Community

Members and supporters of the scientific community will gather Saturday, April 22, in Washington, D.C., and in more than 300 cities around the world, to celebrate and defend science.

The nonpartisan March for Science seeks to demonstrate how science affects all lives and is a vital part of our democratic society and public policy decision-making.

SIOP members interested in participating in the March for Science are welcome to engage and join with like-minded organizations, including the American Psychological Association (APA). To shape messaging and align with the Society’s advocacy principles, SIOP encourages members to review and apply SIOP’s Priorities for the 115th Congress to their individual advocacy efforts.

The APA recently signed on as an official partner of the March for Science, calling it a demonstration of the importance of science for improving people’s lives and benefiting society.

“We wholeheartedly support the aims of this march, which align with APA’s mission to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives,” said Howard Kurtzman, PhD, APA’s acting executive director for science. “We encourage all psychologists, psychology students and their allies to join this broad non-partisan effort to support scientific research and the use of scientific evidence for the public good.”

APA will host advocacy training Friday, April 21, at noon ET, at APA’s Washington, D.C, headquarters. The training session, “Beyond the March: Advocating for Psychological Science,” will be livestreamed to enable psychologists and graduate students nationwide to participate.

The training will focus on how to communicate effectively with policymakers about the importance of psychological research and evidence-based policy. Topics to be covered include: crafting and delivering messages in sup-port of science, hosting members of Congress and congressional staff at a psychology lab or university department, and scheduling visits with the Washington and local offices of members of Congress.