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Knowledge for Change: Citizen Science SDG Conference

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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), held an international, hybrid 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 took place as 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.

 

Aim

The conference presented, evaluated and discussed the exciting contributions that Citizen Science makes in framing and achieving sustainable development, specifically the UN SDGs. The conference brought 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 resulted from the conference: "Our world – our goals: citizen science for the Sustainable Development Goals". The Declaration acts as a voluntary commitment by all partners to define the roles, competences and concrete potentials of Citizen Science to advance the SDGs. It was formulated in an open and participatory process.

The Declaration groups the various important contributions of citizen science to the SDGs in three central recommendations:

1) Harness the benefits of citizen science for the SDGs, 2) strengthen citizen science and its connections with other communities, and 3) strengthen future citizen science systems.

Already more than 270 people from more than 25 countries have endorsed the Declaration as individuals, or on behalf of their projects or as institutions.

You may find the Declaration text here. For your endorsement, please, use the online form here.

This is our film highlighting the spirit of the Declaration and the Conference.

Editor

Name                                             Affiliation
Jörn Knobloch                               Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
 

Authors

Name                                             Affiliation
Rosa Arias                                      Science for Change, Spain
Vanessa van den Bogaert           Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Fredrik Brounéus                         Vetenskap & Allmänhet, Sweden
Eglė Butkevičienė                         Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
Abril Herrera Chávez                   University College London, UK
Lucia Errandonea                         Ideas for Change, Spain
Claudia Fabó Cartas                     Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Raed Fehri                                     Université catholique de Louvain, Earth and Life Institute, Belgium
Jörg Freyhof                                  Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Barbara Heinisch                         University of Vienna, Austria
Nikolia Iliopoulou                        Arsakeio Lyceum of Patras, Greece
Thomas Kaarsted                        Southern Denmark University Citizen Science Network, Denmark
Thorsten Kluss                             University of Bremen, Germany
Valerie Knapp                               Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Jörn Knobloch                              Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Renata Kubus                               CID-N Collective Intelligence Development Network, Spain
Gitte Kragh                                   Aarhus University; Citizen Science Netværket, Denmark
Martine Legris                              CERAPS, Université de Lille et CNRS, France
Julia Lorke                                     Bürger schaffen Wissen, Wissenschaft im Dialog, Germany
Giovanni Maccani                        Ideas for Change, Spain
Marzia Mazzonetto                     Stickydot srl, Belgium
Rosy Mondardini                         Citizen Science Center Zurich, Switzerland
Joanna Morawska-Jancelewicz  Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
Kim Mortega                                Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Jeremy Millard                             Danish Technological Institute, Denmark
Anne Kathrine Overgaard          Southern Denmark University Citizen Science Network, Denmark
Maite Pelacho                              Ibercivis Foundation, Spain
Josep Perelló                                OpenSystems, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Shyam S. Phartyal                       School of Ecology and Environment Studies, Nalanda University, India
Baiba Prūse                                  Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy; University of Latvia, Latvia
Antonella Radicchi                       Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Claire Ramjan                               University of Stirling, UK
Dorte Riemenschneider             European Citizen Science Association, Germany
Francisco Sanz                              Ibercivis Foundation, Spain
Nora Salas Seoane                      Science for Change, Spain
Francesca Spagnuolo                  European Gravitational Observatory, Italy
Norbert Steinhaus                       Wissenschafstladen Bonn, Germany
Monika Suškevičs                        Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia
Jakub Trojan                                 Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic
Silke Voigt-Heucke                       Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Katherin Wagenknecht               Technische Hochschule Wildau, Innovation Hub, Germany
Maike Weisspflug                        Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Tim Woods                                   European Citizen Science Association, Germany
Katerina Zourou                          Web2Learn and Hellenic Open University, Greece
 

Special contributions (speakers, consultants, organisational support)

Name                                             Affiliation
Cissi Askwall                                  Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA (Public & Science), Sweden
Egle Butkeviciene                         Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
Claudia Fabó Cartas                     Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Dilek Fraisl                                     International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
Steffen Fritz                                   International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
Alexander Gerber                        Rhine-Waal University, Germany
Julia Diekämper                            Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Muki Haklay                                  University College London (UCL), UK
Susanne Hecker                           Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Jens Jetzkowitz                             Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Thomas Kaarsted                        Southern Denmark University Citizen Science Network, Denmark
Alina Loth                                     Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Marina Manzoni                           Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy
Kim Mortega                                 Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Jeremy Millard                              Danish Technological Institute, Denmark
Anne Kathrine Overgaard          Southern Denmark University Citizen Science Network, Denmark
Antonella Radicchi                       Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Anett Richter                                Thuenen Institut, Germany
Dorte Riemenschneider             European Citizen Science Association, Germany
Wiebke Rössig                              Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Sven Schade                                  Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy
Ulrike Sturm                                  Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Kathrin Vohland                           Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Austria
Silke Voigt-Heucke                       Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Katherin Wagenknecht               Technische Hochschule Wildau, Innovation Hub, Germany
Maike Weisspflug                        Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
Tim Woods                                   European Citizen Science Association, Germany
 

Signatories (as of 07.12.)

Claudia Fabó Cartas
Jörg Freyhof
Miguel Madrid
Susanne Hecker
Julia Kaufmann
Julia Rostin
Eveline Wandl-Vogt
Muki Haklay
Jorge Pedro Galve Arnedo
Ulrike Sturm
Fermin Serrano
Bálint Balázs
Joanna Morawska-Jancelewicz
Maike Weisspflug
Marcos Moreu
Eugenio Gervasini
Anna Berti Suman
Dorte Riemenschneider
Anne Kathrine Overgaard
Thomas Kaarsted
Alexandros Nikolaou
Christoph Häuser
Katrin Vohland
Aleksandrs Mārtiņš Blūms
Eva Méndez
Egle Butkeviciene
Sibylle Schroer
Luigi Ceccaroni
Lucy Bastin
Shuvojit Nath
Daniela Schwarz
Akaninyene Obot
Tim Woods
Didier Laval
Barbara Kieslinger
Norbert Steinhaus
Margaret Gold
Renata Kubus
Katherin Wagenknecht
Ole Jakob Hegelund
Cissi Askwall
Alessandro Sarretta
Klaus Schuch
Matthias Premke-Kraus
Nicola Moczek
Giovanni Maccani
Martin Galvin
Martine Legris
Sarah Darwin
Tim Kiessling
Paweł Churski
Gitte Kragh
Karen Soacha
Florence Gignac
Giovanna Pacini
Miriam Brandt
Shyam S. Phartyal
Ana Vidu
Nthabiseng Nooe
Philipp Hummer
Henk Mulder
Thomas von Schell
Montgomery Lord
Christopher William Tripp
Rebecca Bright
Martin Brocklehurst
Casim Umba Tolo
Enrico Maria Balli
Maite Pelacho
Patrick Lehner
Jakub Trojan
Jacob Friis Sherson
Susanne Tönsmann
Aletta Bonn
Boris Schröder-Esselbach
Nikolia Iliopoulou
Dobrivoje Lale Eric
Alexander Gerber
Julie Koch Sheard
Libby Hepburn
Ria Dunkley
Lars Bodum
Vanessa van den Bogaert
Richard Sclove
Alexandra Czegledi
Niharika Kaul
Anett Richter
Flemming Binderup Gammelgaard
Florian Heigl
Daniel Dörler
Marit Bogert
Jasmin Colakoglu
Julia von Gönner
Joachim Borner
Francisco Javier Serón Torrecilla
Andrea Sforzi
Finn Arne Jørgensen
Dolly Jørgensen
Simona Bonelli
Ann Elisabeth Laksfoss Cardozo
Luca Bartolozzi
Rosarii Griffin
Gesine Heinrich
Agostino Letardi
Veronica Semeco
Frank Müller
Lindsey Anderson
Josef Pinter
Rémy Bossu
Stefan Dorondel
Laure Fallou
Petteri Laihonen
Tanja Adnađević
Chiara Cardelli
Elisabetta Broglio
Annelli Janssen
Andrea Vargiu
Sarah Kiefer
Nerea Ferrando Jorge
Hannes J. König
Manuel Jänig
Jóhann Helgi Stefánsson
Anastasia Roniotes
Daniel Wuebben
Dave Wall
Steffen Fritz
Jorge Velasco-Gonzalez
Edwin Obaje
Sabrina Kirschke
Falko Fleßner
Stickydot srl
Christian Obinger
Markus Weißkopf
Elle-Mari Talivee
Kamel Labibes
Giovanna Ranci Ortigosa
Piaalycia Fischlein
Flaviano Bianchini
Francesco Niglia
Juan Ferrer
Frank Drauschke
Nicola Gabriel
Stefan Thomas
Ishtiaq Arif
Carlo Andrea Biraghi
Jeremy Millard
Nora Salas Seoane
Claire Ramjan
Hannah Stockwell
Tamás Péter Szabó
Karel Charvat
Stephanie Köhnk
Danielle Wilde
Mohammad Gharesifard
Sally Reynolds
Janet Molina Maturano
Uta Wehn
Julia Diekämper
Maria Rosa Mondardini
Gerid Hager
Kristiina Skinnari
Emmanuel Chaniotakis
Francisco Sanz
Chiara Gerosa
Simone Rüfenacht
Martin Göber
Cristina Gonzalez Sevilleja
Raquel Mendes
Barbara Carneiro
Ana Carrapato
Daniel Krüger
Jenna Dodson
Marie Wenzel
Marko Krstić
Nuria Castell
Karinna Matozinhos de Faria
Andrea Troncoso
Teresa Schaefer
Eugenia Vilarchao
Henry Sauermann
Barbara Heinisch
Macarena Cardenas
Gerhard Schleenstein
Susan Karlebowski
Philipp Schrögel
Regina Schwald
Fleur Froeling
Justine Jacquemin
Margarida Sardo
Sabine Rieder
Turam Purty
Antonia Davidovic-Walther
Abril Herrera Chavez
Mercy Gloria Ashepet
Maria Inês Alves Vicente
Tine Huyse
John Sekajugo
Christina Melanie Cooper
María Alonso Roldán
Cintia Duran
Anna Hupe
Thorsten Kluss
Sonja Grossberndt
James Sprinks
Robert Lepenies
Yaqian Wu
Josef Hochgerner
Luisa Barbosa Gomez
Martina Lutz
Stefan Kamlage
Judit Juhász
Esther M. Gonzalez
Thomas Jekel
Mirjam Knörnschild
Hannah Hoff
Elke Dall
Sovan Acharya
S. Siebert
Marta Cayetano i Giralt
Kate Sposab
Henning Rust
Elsa Matthus
Dean Hart
Antonella Radicchi
Center for Behavioral Genetics
Tamar Dayan
Valantis Tsiakos
Núria Jové
Shaeema Zaman Ahmed
Anders P. Tøttrup
Nesar Ghadernezhad
Athanasia Nikolaou
Dilek Fraisl
Michela Bertero
Alexandra Moormann
Jérôme De Schauwers
Marco Marsili
Jens Jetzkowitz
Isabelle Dechamps
Andrea Kronenthaler
Cassio Sozinho Amorim
Angela Grosse
Jörg Scheidt
Christoph Ertle
Ruth Kastner
Barbero Vignola Giulia
Susann Ullrich
Sérgio Ferreira Cardoso
Monika Koop
Inian Moorthy
Sharon Stewart
Inga Reich
Silke Voigt-Heucke
Kim Mortega
Andy Cobley
Oberdan Leo
Charline Urbain
Olivier Markowitch
Carlos Cañas
Tosca Ballerini
Manuel Gertrudix
Raul Drachman
Oscar Corcho
Sven Manske
Carmen Kilvits
Raquel Cedazo León
Alessandro Campanaro
Baiba Prūse
Osama Abu-Libda
Reuma De-Groot
Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou
Sabine Webner
David Scheller
Rainer Leppin
Ibrahim Sidi Zakari
Yaela Golumbic
Marie Delannoy
Bruno David
Frédérique Chlous
Romain Julliard
Sridhar Gutam
Marisa Ponti
Petra Benyei
Mitja V. Iskrić
Rosa Arias
Maria Elsa Matoso Alexandre da Fonseca
Alishir Kurban
Blanca Guasch
Silvina Frucella
Diana Reinoso
Mar Escarrabill

 

Citizen Science Festival 2020

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

 

Information about the event

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Funding

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

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