The March for Science is an international initiative for the freedom of science. On 4 May 2019, demonstrations and events will take place worldwide to demand the freedom of research and teaching.
Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.
– Louis Pasteur –
From the Neumayer Station-III in the Antarctic, we greet all participants and organizers around the world. We, the 39th overwintering team, understand ourselves, and “our” station, as part of an international community that has put science and research at the service of humanity. And who sees her task not only in gaining more and more new insights from nature, but also in helping to address the current problems on our home planet with this knowledge. Unfortunately, science’s independence has long been severely limited by pure economic interests, financial cuts, and even political pressure in its work, while science-based work is being massively put under pressure by “alternative facts” in their credibility. A development that we also consider with great concern.
Antarctica is a place without borders, where many nations peacefully explore each other, with great dedication, and many personal deprivations. The pursuit of knowledge connects us with thousands of miles to all the other people in the other stations, on an inhospitable, yet incredibly fascinating continent.From the isolation of the Antarctic winter we wish the participants of the March for Science a powerful voice for a free, independent science, the pursuit of new knowledge for all people, and for a livable future.
Overwinterer Team 2019
Neumayer Station III
Atka Bay, Antarctica