In connection with the Global Young Academy’s Annual General Meeting and International Conference of Young Scientists ‘Re-Enlightenment: Truth, reason and science in a global world’, the GYA organized a March for Science in Halle (Saale) on 4 May, in the form of two events open to the public: 1. A science history walk through the city and 2. an arts-science workshop put together by the Art-Sci Nexus group, at the Art Museum Moritzburg.
The March for Science history walk was conceptualized by the GYA’s History of the GYA working group, researched and written by Carla Greubel. The walk, designed as a self-guided tour, provided information (accessible through posted QR codes) at each point of the tour. Despite the morning downpour, a small group of local residents and GYA members explored the history of science in the city of Halle, starting at the Leopoldina, passing by the botanical gardens, the university campus and other historical sites, and ending at the library of the International Centre for Enlightenment Studies (IZEA) at the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. At the library, Prof. Daniel Fulda (Board of Directors, IZEA) gave participants a historical overview of the library and the books it contains, as well as insights into some developments in print and knowledge production in Europe.