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Speech may be free, but doing justice to the excitement of science will require permits, event insurance, audio equipment, and more. Please join us in thanking our partners for helping make this possible!






501c3 Sponsor


Thanks to the many San Diegans who have already contributed!


The Marches For Science across America are supported by more than 25 scientific organizations, including Sigma Xi and AAAS. Local endorsements in San Diego include:

The Union For Postdocs, Local 5810, representing more than 6,500 Postdoctoral Researchers at the University of California

People's Climate March (To be held April 29, 2017, 1 week after March For Science)

The Sierra Club - San Diego Chapter

Become a Sponsor

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, we have multiple levels for you to contribute at, and we'll soon be adding our growing list of sponsor logos to this website. This event is your chance to show local researchers, scientific organizations, and the community that you support important scientific research. The funds will be used for: city permits, insurance, march infrastructure, marketing materials, and audiovisual equipment, and more items as needs arise. Please note that your sponsorship of the March for Science San Diego will be tax deductible through our 501c3 fiscal sponsorship through Sigma Xi.

To become a sponsor, email


The March For Science -­ San Diego is an independent, volunteer-run organization coordinating with sister Marches For Science across America and around the world. The Marches for Science are already supported by more than 25 scientific organizations, including AAAS and Sigma Xi. Locally, we have acquired 501(c)3 sponsorship with Sigma Xi, and we are engaging with various San Diego­-based science and outreach organizations, including the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. Our event will be held in downtown San Diego on April 22, 2017. We plan to march from the Civic Center through downtown to Waterfront Park, with an estimated crowd size of more than 10,000 scientists, engineers, and all those who support science as vital to our community, health, economy and our region’s future. The event will feature a coordinated set of activities, including speakers, a peaceful march through the city, and public educational events that highlight the local scientific community, from hobbyists to entrepreneurs to academic researchers.

Fundraising Team Leadership

Our leadership team includes several scientists, a lawyer, financial analyst, community organizers, and philanthropist:

Melissa Slawson is a California-barred attorney with nearly 10 years of experience in the telecommunications legal field.  With a focus toward public service, Melissa started her career at the California Public Utilities Commission and currently works for a socially-conscious wireless and technology company based out of Dallas, TX.  Melissa holds a J.D. from California Western School of law and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona.  

Robert Cooper is a postdoctoral scientist at UC San Diego, where he was awarded a fellowship from the Hartwell Foundation For Biomedical Research to study and combat the spread of antibiotic resistance.  While pursuing his PhD, he was also graduate student chair of the Princeton University climate advocacy group SURGE, which co-planned and hosted a clean energy summit for colleges state-wide, among other actions and events. He regularly volunteers for science outreach events and was an invited speaker at Pint of Science, San Diego.

Jabez LeBret is the co-founder of GNGF, one of the 20 largest agencies in Cincinnati, and Trial 3D, creating 3D printed models for trial attorneys. He sits on the SMB board for, is a voting member of the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce education committee and is an advisor to SUBWAY. Prior to starting his own companies Jabez has six years of experience as a financial analyst for Nordstrom flagship store.

Joan Robbins is an experienced biopharmaceutical executive with over 25 years in R&D of therapeutics for cancer and other serious diseases. She is currently VP Translational Research at DNAtrix, Inc., and previously served as SVP Biosafety & Gene Therapy at WIRB - Copernicus Group, Inc., VP Translational Research at Tocagen Inc., and CSO at ADVENTRX Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  She is a co-founder of two San Diego biologics manufacturing companies. She serves on the scientific advisory council of The Hope Funds for Cancer Research. Joan trained at the NIH/NCI, the Garvan Institute and Center for Immunology (Sydney Australia), and UC San Diego. She received her B.S. in genetics from UC Davis, and Ph.D. in genetics from the George Washington University.

Mary Canady is a 20-year San Diego science veteran, beginning her post-Ph.D. career at The Scripps Research Institute in 1997. As a biotechnology marketing professional, Mary manages diverse teams of scientists and business development professionals and has extensive experience supporting project management with successful budgeting and planning. Dr. Canady founded the San Diego Biotechnology Network in 2008, a 15,000-follower organization, which has raised more than $200,000 and implemented more than 50 events in support of science communication, policy, and community.

March information

April 22, 2017
Location: Civic Center
1100 Third Ave, San Diego, CA

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