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On eve of science march, planners look ahead

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Science  14 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6334, pp. 118
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6334.118

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As the 22 April March for Science in Washington, D.C., and some 400 sister marches around the world approach, march organizers are already looking toward next steps. For almost 3 months, a team of volunteer coordinators, most of whom have yet to meet in person, have been working around the clock to inspire supporters, negotiate partnerships with dozens of science groups, and raise enough money to pull off their upcoming event. March organizers admit they don't know what they'll find at the end of their exhausting sprint. They are uncertain of how many marchers will appear, and how the demonstrations will be received. But they see march day as a beginning, not an end, as March for Science tries to pivot from being an event organizer to becoming a lasting force for science advocacy.