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

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

In October 2020, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, with many partners, and supported by the European Commission and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), will hold an international hybrid conference in order to showcase, evaluate, and discuss the contribution of citizen science to frame and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This conference is an official event of Germany’s 2020 EU Council presidency.

The conference will take place live in Berlin and online (more information here and on twitter).


The conference will 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 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.

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is organising a series of virtual meetings in preparation for the Declaration, hosted by ECSA and EU-Citizen.Science. More than 40 interested participants took part in the first open virtual meeting on 1. July. Three more virtual meetings are going to take place. You can keep up to date and learn about next meetings by checking here.

Contact mail for the Declaration: Joern [dot] Knobloch [at] mfn [dot] berlin

Contact mail: CS-SDGs [at] mfn [dot] berlin


Citizen Science and the SDGs: Survey – Take action!

We would like to hear from you if and how you already support the SDGs with your citizen science project, where you could see the potential in the future and in which field your project would require assistance to further support the SDGs. The survey is conducted by Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.
We will present and discuss the first findings of this survey at the conference!


Citizen Science Festival 2020

A public Citizen Science Festival organised by Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD), the  European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) will take place as part of the conference on 14.-15. October 2020 at the Kulturbrauerei from 10 am to 6 pm. The selected exhibitors will showcase their projects and results at market stands, invite visitors to the festival to interact and participate, and benefit from good visibility to conference participants, media, and the public.

ECSA and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) are inviting 10 citizen science projects, from Europe and beyond, to present their activities at the Citizen Science Festival 2020. Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD) is inviting 10 German citizen science projects.


Due to the dynamics of the pandemic, the registration for the on-site conference will open only relatively shortly before the start of the event in order to be able to take adequate account of the regulations of the German authorities. It will then be possible to register for on-site participation to the conference or to switch from virtual to on-site participation. Thank you for your understanding!

Fees for streaming option (without conference attendance in person)

  • Regular fee: 65 Euro
  • Reduced fee*: 30 Euro

The fee for the streaming option includes the streams of all sessions and plenary talks, virtual networking opportunities, a Q&A or similar feature, and exclusive online formats for virtual participants that the organising team is preparing to make your attendance to the conference a great experience.

The registration for the virtual participation is open until 27. September 2020. You can register here.

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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 11:00 to Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 20:00
Schönhauser Allee 36
10435 Berlin