San Diego for Science will hold its annual Rally for Science Saturday to bring attention to the importance of science and how it affects day-to-day life.

The rally will include discussions of pressing scientific issues such as climate change and vaccines and allow residents to speak with scientists face-to-face. The event will also feature an attempt to form the world’s largest human strand of DNA.

“Too often, people are busy with their lives and scientists are busy with their labs and the two don’t get to talk like they should,” said Rob Cooper, San Diego for Science co-founder. “We want to change that. Good science is crucial to public policy, and we want people to feel like they have access, that there is someone nearby who can answer their questions about important issues.”

The San Diego Rally for Science has drawn roughly 20,000 attendees in each of the past two years. Scientists from Cal State San Marcos and the La Jolla Institute for Immunology are expected to attend this year’s event.

The Rally for Science will be held at Waterfront Park, at 1600 Pacific Highway. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

–City News Service

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