March for Science Longyearbyen: A big success!

March for Science Longyearbyen: A big success!

Top image: Marching for Science in Longyearbyen. Photo: Eva Therese Jenssen/UNIS

Today Longyearbyen marched for science. About 110 people gathered to march for science, not silence.

22 April 2017
Text and photos: Eva Therese Jenssen

The local organizers, with biology student Pauline Gauffier in front, were unsure how many would turn up for the march in Longyearbyen. The initiative was just announced 72 hours prior to the march, it was the weekend where many go for longer trips and the sun was shining.

However, a stunning 110 people turned up to march! With colorful posters, flags and even a delegation from the official North Pole March for Science, the crown set out from the science centre and marched through town.

At the town square, by the Miner’s statue, Gauffier and Kim Holmén, international director at the Norwegian Polar Institute, held appeals which were received with cheers and clapping by the listeners.

Afterwards, several people came and thanked Gauffier and the other organizers for marking this global event in Longyearbyen.

In mainland Norway there will be marches later today, such as in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Tromsø, Stavanger and Bodø. And at 17:30 the definitive northernmost march today will be in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard at 79°N!

March for Science 22 April 2017

March for Science Longyearbyen Svalbard ready for take-off! Photo: Eva Therese Jenssen/UNIS.

March for science 22 April 2017

The UNIS students spent Friday evening making effective and colorful signs for the March for Science Longyearbyen Svalbard. Photo: Eva Therese Jenssen/UNIS.

March for science 22 April 2017

UNIS biology student Paulinne Gauffier held the first appeal of the March for Science Longyearbyen Svalbard. Photo: Eva Therese Jenssen/UNIS.

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International director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Dr. Kim Holmén, held one of the appeals by the Miner’s statue. March for Science in Longyearbyen.

March for science 22 April 2017

About 110 people attended the March for Science Longyearbyen Svalbard. Photo: Eva Therese Jenssen/UNIS.