March for Science 2017

OSA will join 100+ organizations for the March for Science on 22 April in Washington, DC.

How you can participate with OSA

For those participating in the Washington, D.C. march

Join fellow OSA members and guests at an Open House from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM at OSA Headquarters in Dupont Circle. To participate in the OSA Open House, please RSVP online.

  • Receive a science advocacy t-shirt. Members and guests can claim free t-shirts with the designs below.
  • We want to hear your story. The OSA CAM Lounge will be available for you to share your member stories with our team on video. We hope to hear has brought you to Washington, DC and why you feel it is important to participate in the March for Science. You can also share your story online or tweet at @opticalsociety with #osa100 and #sciencemarch.
  • Write your member of Congress. The OSA Public Policy Booth will be set up for you to write your members of Congress regarding the need for strong investments in R&D funding for FY 2017 and 2018. You can also write your member of Congress in advance through the OSA Legislative Action Center.
  • Meet us on the National Mall at the OSA/APS cosponsored teach-in. OSA and the American Physical Society (APS) are proud to present a teach-in on the National Mall: the Physics of Superheroes with James Kakalios, University of Minnesota at 11:30 EDT in Tent 6. The location of the rally and tents is available on the March for Science website. You can access the teach-in schedule by downloading the Whova app, searching for “Earth Day 2017 Teach-ins and typing the invitation code “eargi. We anticipate that the OSA/APS teach-in will be also our society’s meeting point on the National Mall.
  • RSVP to the DC March for Science online. The March for Science organizers have asked all participants in the March send a quick RSVP in advance so they can make sure the National Mall is prepared for the crowd and track the global impact.

OSA’s address is:
The Optical Society
2010 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20036
*Please use the Massachusetts Ave entrance.


For those participating in the marches outside of Washington, D.C.

Join OSA Members in over 500 satellite marches across the globe.

  • Download OSA’s science advocacy graphics. These designs are free for you to download (below) for your own t-shirt and poster designs.
  • Share your experiences. If you are participating in a March for Science, a teach-in or an advocacy-focused program, make sure to tweet at @opticalsociety with #sciencemarch or submit your story online.
  • For those residing in the US- write your members of Congress online.  We encourage you to visit the OSA Legislative Action Center for a pre-formatted letter for you to send to your member of Congress regarding the need for strong investments in R&D funding for FY 2017 and 2018.
  • RSVP to your local March for Science. The March for Science Organizers have asked all participants in Marches to RSVP in advance online so that they can track the global impact. Don’t see your March for Science? You can register it by contacting

If you have any inquiries about OSA’s participation in the march and other ways to get involved, please contact

Check out OSA’s designs for the March for Science and science advocacy.

Check out OSA’s designs for the March for Science and science advocacy. You can download these designs for your t-shirts, posters, stickers and more. Members who attend the Open House at OSA Headquarters will receive a free t-shirt.

View the OSA March for Science Social Wall

The posts below are connected to #sciencemarch. To have your story added to the wall, please use #sciencemarch and tweet at @opticalsociety with an image.