Marchers had fun, competed in costume contest and took selfies with each other.
On Saturday, April 14, some 300 people went for a walk around Ukrainian capital city as a part of international rally March for Scіence. Kyiv became one of 230 cities in the world that supported this march.
Ukrainian researchers and scientists of different generations, science promoters, journalists, and just some concerned citizens joined the march under the slogan Who you gonna call? (GhostBusters theme song).
Event participants marched through central streets of Kyiv from Park named after Taras Shevchenko to Maidan Nezalezhnosti.
Victor Dosenko, MD, Head of General and Molecular Pathophysiology Department of Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, in his interview to Innovation House told that the goal of this march was to raise public awareness about the science and its problems.
Oleksiy Boldyriev, Ph.D in Biology, Researcher at Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Editor at My Science popular scientific web-portal, reported that the state is lack any understanding of how important the science is.
Ukrainian scientists believe that they are the one, who can save the country and the whole world, if public authorities realize that science is one of the strongest investments in the future.
Ulyana Suprun, Acting Minister of Health of Ukraine, also came to support the science.
The march was held in rather cheerful manner – marchers competed in comic competitions: for the best costume dedicated to science and for the best selfie with scientist having largest H-index.
Young people did not remain on the sidelines and came to support science too. And therefore, they broke down one of the most prevailing Ukraine’s stereotypes stating that youth is not interested in science at all.
This was the second time Ukraine held global March for Science. Last year, this event included 1,300,000 people in 450 cities around the world.
Text: Victoria Vlasenko, Iryna Navolneva
Photo and video: Nariman Aliev