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Wed / 14.10.2020 / 11:00 to Thu / 15.10.2020 / 20:00

How can Citizen Science support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

In October 2020, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) with many partners, supported by the European Commission and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), will hold an international conference in order to showcase, evaluate, and discuss the contribution of citizen science to frame and achieve the SDGs. The conference Knowledge for Change: A Decade of Citizen Science (2020-2030) in Support of the SDGs is an official event of Germany’s 2020 EU Council presidency.

The SDGs are a scientifically based framework for the whole world to address hunger and malnutrion, health, environment as well as culture and justice, decided by the UN. Citizen Science, the contribution of lay people to scientific activities, may support the achievement of the SDGs – by providing data and insights, but also by adapting and prioritising research questions.



The conference will present, evaluate and discuss the exciting contributions that Citizen Science makes in framing and achieving sustainable development, specifically the UN SDGs. The conference will bring together expertise from policy makers, institutional and citizen scientists, economists, NGOs and civil society to implement mechanisms and processes for the transition towards a more sustainable future.


The Declaration

A Declaration including policy recommendations will result from the conference. The Declaration will act as a voluntary commitment by all partners to define the roles, competences and concrete potentials of Citizen Science to advance the SDGs. It will be formulated in an open and participatory process. We therefore invite all interested and committed parties to share their views and expectations of the Declaration. We will approach you shortly with a detailed call for participation, but we would like to hear your opinions and wishes regarding the Declaration already now.


Citizen Science Festival 2020

A public Citizen Science Festival organised by Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD), the  European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and the MfN will take place as part of the conference at the Kulturbrauerei, a famous market-place and event location in central Berlin. The selected exhibitors will showcase their projects and results at market stands and invite visitors to interact and participate.


Information about the event

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101000014.