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Knowledge for Change: A decade of Citizen Science (2020-2030) in support of the SDGs

14-15 October 2020

Hybrid conference – Take part in Berlin or virtually!

WeObserve is proud to partner with the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin to organise the conference ‘Knowledge for Change: A decade of Citizen Science (2020-2030) in support of the SDGs‘ which will be held in Berlin and online on October 14-15, 2020. The conference aims to present, evaluate and discuss the exciting contributions that citizen science makes in framing and achieving sustainable development, specifically the UN Sustainable Development Goals (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 conference addresses topics around citizen science such as:

  • Citizen science for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, e.g. good health and well-being, quality education, life on land and below water;
  • Policy and scientific methodology of citizen science to implement the SDGs;
  • Scientific benefit of citizen science networks and platforms and their impact on society;

Further details about the conference programme will be available soon!

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WeObserve conference sessions

In the context of the conference, WeObserve organizes a full session thread aiming to promote the vision of making Citizen Observatories integral to environmental monitoring at a European and international level. The sessions involve interactive formats and are targeted to Citizen Observatories and community based initiatives, citizen science (CS) practitioners, researchers, policy and decision makers, government officials, NSOs, and European Commission officers, including also UN agency representatives and data communities. Further details about each session are presented below.

Format: Symposium + Q&A from participants; Session organiser: Dilek Fraisl 

The session will highlight current developments and opportunities in four areas related to CS and SDG monitoring: (a) State-of-play: where do we stand with linking CO and CS initiatives with SDG monitoring and reporting. (b) Data sharing and integration (data interoperability, standards, quality). Examples of best practice. (c) Gaps and opportunities for citizen science contribution beyond existing SDG indicators. (d) Creating partnerships and an enabling environment for the uptake of CS data.

Format: Speed talks (Pecha Kucha) and interactive formats (marketplace, mini-exhibit with e.g. hands-on, demo, videos etc.); Session organiser: Valantis Tsiakos 

This session invites contributions from Citizen Observatories (COs) and projects that identify as such, to join for an interactive ‘meet-and-greet’ session and to showcase CO tools and innovations that support sustainable development. This session will provide an overview of the current landscape of COs and present innovations from them, such as new methodologies and conceptual models, as well as data innovations from hackathons, innovation and open data challenges. Alongside selected contributions, the WeObserve project will present a co-design toolkit to generate ideas for new COs for public participation, environmental monitoring and disaster management in the context of the SDG framework, as well as results from the WeObserve Open Data Challenge.

Format: 4 presentations and 45 mins fishbowl/panel discussion; Session Organiser: Uta Wehn

This session concludes the WeObserve thread of the conference with presentations, case studies and a panel including policy-makers. It will address the transformative potential of CS and COs towards the SDG agenda more broadly, including the creation of capacity and community for change, triggering behaviour change as well as supporting disaster management and emergency response.

Practical information

The current challenges in connection to the COVID-19 pandemic are extraordinary and the organization team is making contingency plans in case it prevents the conference from being held as planned in October. Different ways of holding a hybrid conference and complementing the live conference with digital formats, such as video streams and webinars, and virtual participation opportunities for both conference participants and speakers to enable remote participation are explored.  Possibilities for holding a fully digital conference are explored in case this turns out to be the only option. In light of this, particular contributions that can be adapted for showcasing and presenting digitally while engaging remote audience meaningfully are welcomed.

For more information, please visit the event website here.