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Scientists take to the streets in Durban

The inaugural March for Science coincided with Earth Day celebrations on Saturday.

Several people took to the streets in Durban as part of the March for Science on Saturday 22 April 2017. Picture: Abhi Indrarajan.

CAPE TOWN - Scientists took to the streets in Durban to promote the role of science in informing government policy.

The inaugural March for Science, which coincided with Earth Day celebrations on Saturday, is part of an international movement to generate funding for this field.

Nearly 200 delegates took part in the March for Science in the Durban city centre on Saturday.

Around the world, scientists took to the streets to advocate for better government support.

Professor Quarraisha Abdool-Karim, the associate scientific director at the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa), says preservation of what science has accomplished is also important.

“We’d like to see this grow and we’d like to see the public more engaged. We’d like to see more academics from across Africa getting more engaged in the knowledge generation process, learning about scientific methodology and demanding evidence based policies for investment in science.”

Representatives from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South African Medical Research Council and the Africa Health Research Institute joined the Durban demonstration.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)