Meet the science marchers.


MEXICO CITY | Cellular biologist Edith Marcial Juárez stood stony-faced as marchers unfurled a banner at the statue of the Angel of Independence. Marcial Juárez, a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute here, was one of hundreds of graduate students who powered this march, and many used the event to express their anger about science budget cuts. “Where is the 1% of GDP promised for science?” asked Marcial Juárez’s neon yellow sign. “In the white house? Or did Duarte take it?” The white house refers to a scandal involving a $7 million compound built for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto by a Chinese firm. Javier Duarte, until recently the governor of Veracruz state, is accused of embezzling millions of dollars. The alleged corruption carries a special sting now, as Mexico’s National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt)—the main source of research grants—has suffered a 23% budget cut, and the government has met just half of a mandate to spend 1% of gross domestic product on research. The money Duarte is accused of stealing could Meet the science marchers Students, researchers, science leaders, and enthusiasts of all stripes turned out, for reasons personal and political SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6336.358

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@article{Wade2017MeetTS, title={Meet the science marchers.}, author={Lizzie Wade and Catherine Matacic and Ann Gibbons and Daniel Clery and David A Malakoff and Meredith Wadman and Luca Tancredi Barone and Erik Stokstad and Herton Escobar and Colette Derworiz and Kelly Servick and Martin Enserink}, journal={Science}, year={2017}, volume={356 6336}, pages={358-359} }