At noon on April 22, hundreds of MGH staff will gather to “Stand Up for Science” on the Bulfinch Lawn before marching to the Boston Common as part of the March for Science, an event taking place in more than 400 cities around the world.

The Boston March for Science will celebrate the discovery, understanding and sharing of scientific knowledge and will champion publicly funded and communicated scientific knowledge. The goal is to unite a diverse and nonpartisan group to celebrate Boston as an exceptional place for scientists and scientific research. 

“We hope this day serves as a chance to reaffirm the message about the essential role that science – biomedical research, in particular – plays in improving life and health,” says Regina LaRocque, MD, of the Infectious Disease Unit. “Several MGH groups – including the MGH Healthcare Advocacy Committee, the MGH Research Institute and Physicians for Policy Action – are working together to ensure a significant presence at the Boston event.”

The day at a glance:

--Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, will speak at 12:10 p.m. on the Bulfinch Lawn.

--Staff are invited to wear white lab coats or MGH apparel.

--Participants who are using social media to capture the event can use the event hashtags:#MarchForScience, #MarchForScienceBoston and#MGH. Staff also are invited to share a short video to Twitter sharing their reason for marching. The @MassGeneralNews Twitter account will retweet some of these posts.

--Downloadable templates for signs and social media icons will be available by visiting the new MGH intranet Apollo, at

--Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation. For those who drive, the Nashua Street Orange lot (99 Nashua Street) will be open from 11 am to 6 pm.

--Volunteers are needed to serve as parade marshals along the route. For more information, contact LaRocque at

--Questions can be directed to:

“We hope more staff, and their families, are able to join in this free rally to send a strong message about the importance of sustaining the scientific leadership that has defined the MGH, Boston and our nation,” says Harry Orf, PhD, senior vice president for Research.

To register, the information page is available on the homepage.

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