March for Science 2019, New York City

Courtesy Earth Day Network.

Courtesy Earth Day Network.

March for Science May 4th 2019, New York City

March for Science New York City kicks off on May 4th, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Foley Square. Visit the official March for Science 2019 NYC site for the march. And the main March for Science site at

March for Science New York City is a non-partisan platform formed by the greater scientific community. We stand for:

  • The open access of scientific information to the general public.

  • The use of science for the common good and in the preservation of an informed democracy.

  • The protection of human and environmental rights.


2019 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, and founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a strategy consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice. Her new venture is Ocean Policy Lab, a think tank focused on coastal cities. She also holds appointments as an adjunct professor at New York University and a science scholar at Pioneer Works. As executive director of the Waitt Institute, Ayana co-founded the Blue Halo Initiative and led the Caribbean’s first successful island-wide ocean zoning effort. Previously, she worked on ocean policy at the EPA and NOAA, and was a leader of the March for Science. Ayana earned a BA from Harvard University in environmental science and public policy, and a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in marine biology. She is a passionate advocate for coastal communities, and builds solutions for ocean justice and our climate crisis. Learn more on

2019 Keynote Speaker: Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin

Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin is an assistant professor in the departments of Neurology and Pharmacology at Vanderbilt specializing in mitochondrial and redox stress signaling in neurological injury and disease. She has received major research funding from the NIH, the DoD, the Dan Marino Foundation, the AHA and IARPA. Her career was sidetracked in 2014 when she experienced retaliation after being a witness in a Title IX investigation. Recently, the National Academy of Sciences gold ribbon panel revealed that her experience was all too common for women in science and medicine. The majority of women in these fields are sexually harassed, very few report, and the consequence of reporting is almost always retaliation. The rates of assault and harassment of those we seek to include most including People of Color, LGBTQI and individuals with disabilities are far higher and even more devastating. Learn more on

2019 Keynote Speaker: Alexandria Villaseñor

Alexandria Villaseñor is a 13-year-old climate activist living in New York City. Frustrated by the lack of progress at COP 24, and inspired by 16 year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Alexandria began her own solo weekly school strike for climate in front of the United Nations Headquarters on December 14, 2018. Soon after, Alexandria became one of the national and international organizers for the first ever global youth climate strike which occurred on March 15, 2019. This historic strike mobilized 1.6M youth from 123 countries to demand climate action from their world leaders. Today, Alexandria continues in her role as a prominent climate strike organizer and is working to bring accurate climate science and climate change education into K-12 schools. Personally, Alexandria stands for a 50% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, as outlined in the October 2018 IPCC Special Report and intends to continue her school strikes, climate activism and direct action until this goal is reached. Learn more on

Visit March for Science for More Information

Website information at and Questions to questions about the march.