Crowd4SDG Final Conference at CERN

80/1-001 - Globe of Science and Innovation - 1st Floor (CERN)

80/1-001 - Globe of Science and Innovation - 1st Floor


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  2. REGISTER to attend the conference in person (you will receive a confirmation upon space availability) OR follow the conference ONLINE
  3. For more information on how TO GET TO CERN (we highly recommend you to use public transportation), obtain your BADGE and connect to the WIFI, click here.

On 17 March doors will open at 8:30 and coffee will be served;  the event will start at 9:00 sharp. We kindly ask you to arrive in advance. 

Welcome to the Crowd4SDG Final Conference!

Crowd4SDG is an EU project aiming to promote the development of citizen science projects aiming to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on climate action. The project is soon coming to a close, and a dynamic mix of participants, stakeholders and members of the Crowd4SDG consortium  draw together the final strings of the project in this Final Conference. 

In preparation to the Final Conference we will have two days dedicated to coaching sessions with select teams from across all three Crowd4SDG GEAR Cycles, spanning three years of the project, and will be held at IdeaSquare, CERN’s innovation space. The presentations of results from these projects will be showcased during the Crowd4SDG Final Conference on 17 March and on the Geneva Trialogue on 16 March; more info below.

16 March: Geneva Trialogue (By invitation only with webcast available)

Crowd4SDG will also be participating on the Geneva Trialogue conference, which will be held on 16 March at the Globe of Science and Innovation at CERN and IdeaSquare. Round tables will be each led by an organisation surrounding a defined challenge aimed to promote Open Innovation for Education and building on the work from previous Trialogues. 

The Geneva Trialogue will highlight the accomplishments and projects of GEAR Cycle finalists. Crowd4SDG will have a notable presence during the event, showcasing finalists’ projects through a video. Members of the Crowd4SDG consortium will be distributed across the round tables according to the relevance of topics. The Geneva Trialogue, which is in partnership with and hosted by CERN, will precede and inspire the 2023 Open Geneva Festival. Attendance to the trialogue is by invitation only. 


More info about the Trialogue on 16 March HERE.

17 March: Crowd4SDG Final Conference  (Open to the public but registration required - HERE)  

The culmination of three years of Crowd4SDG is shown during the Final Conference on 17 March, delivering the results of Crowd4SDG and outlining plans for how ideas and projects can continue beyond the project’s end.  Composed of a series of short presentations, panel discussion and hackathons, the day is filled to the brim with content and activities relevant to all. The Final Conference will include input from all partners of Crowd4SDG.

Morning sessions: demonstrating the potential of citizen science for monitoring SDGs

The morning session centres around presentations and panel discussions, with presentations exploring citizen science tools with artificial intelligence, demonstrating the value of citizen science data for monitoring the impacts of extreme climate events, empowering local communities  with a Citizen Science Solution Kit, amongst more

Crowd4SDG finalists from across all three GEAR Cycles will be presenting posters on their projects, highlighting what has been achieved across the three years of Crowd4SDG. 

Afternoon sessions: Hackathons

Three hackathons will run parallel across the afternoon, also centring around  the theme of using citizen science tools, and considering how they can be used beyond the Crowd4SDG project and aims to expand upon ideas surrounding citizen science and crowdsourced data collection with SDGs. 


Please register to join us on this day, celebrating the achievements of the Crowd4SDG project! We will confirm your registration as soon as we know there is enough space available. 







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    • 8:30 AM 9:00 AM
      Registration and badge collection
    • 9:00 AM 9:05 AM
      Opening remarks 5m
      Speaker: Enrica Maria Porcari (Head Of Information Technology Department, CERN)
    • 9:05 AM 9:10 AM
      Welcome 5m
      Speaker: Pablo Garcia Tello (Section Head, New Projects and Initiatives, CERN)
    • 9:10 AM 9:15 AM
      EU and citizen science 5m
      Speaker: Gabriella Leo (Citizen Science Policy Officer, European Commission)
    • 9:15 AM 9:30 AM
      Citizen science data for tracking progress towards sustainable development 15m
      Speaker: Dilek Fraisl (Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Managing Director, Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP))
    • 9:30 AM 10:25 AM
      Session 1: Citizen science for monitoring the SDGs
      Convener: Trine Schmidt (Manager of Geneva SDG community at SDG Lab, UNOG)
    • 10:25 AM 10:45 AM
      Coffee break and poster session with student projects and citizens science tools 20m
    • 10:45 AM 11:00 AM
      How to mobilise disenfranchised youth for climate action 15m
      Speaker: Camila Haux (General Manager, Yoma)
    • 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
      Session 2: Mobilising youth for citizen science and climate action
      Convener: Trine Schmidt (Manager of Geneva SDG community at SDG Lab, UNOG)
      • 11:00 AM
        An open source tool kit that makes digital citizen science accessible for everyone 10m
        Speaker: Rosy Mondardini (Managing Director at Citizen Science Center, ETH/UZH)
      • 11:10 AM
        How social media can be used to mobilise youth for the SDGs: the case of Goodwall 10m
        Speaker: Omar Bawa (co-founder and COO of Goodwall)
      • 11:20 AM
        How challenge-based youth projects can produce impactful outputs for the SDGs 15m

        Presentation with Crowd4SDG youth teams

        Speaker: Laura Wirtavuori (Innovation Space activity manager, CERN)
      • 11:35 AM
        Panel discussion 25m

        15 minute discussion with moderator and speakers
        10 minute Q&A with the audience

        Speakers: Gabrielle Egwu (Crowd4SDG), Omar Bawa (co-founder and COO of Goodwall), Rosy Mondardini (Managing Director at Citizen Science Center, ETH/UZH), Trine Schmidt (Manager of Geneva SDG community at SDG Lab, UNOG)
    • 12:00 PM 12:05 PM
      A message from the European Commission 5m
      Speaker: Katharina Buse (European Research Executive Agency (REA))
    • 12:05 PM 12:10 PM
      Closing remarks 5m
      Speaker: Francois Grey (Professor, UNIGE and Coordinator EU Crowd4SDG project)
    • 12:10 PM 12:15 PM
      Introduction to hackathons 5m
    • 12:15 PM 2:00 PM
      Lunch break with poster session on student projects and citizen science tools 1h 45m
    • 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
      • 2:00 PM
        Future Citizen Debates: Envisioning, designing and creating open deliberation processes 5h

        The adoption of new services, products, or policies by the public is necessary to transform innovative solutions into a real impact. Advances in information technologies have allowed people to share their needs and propose solutions to given issues through the Internet. However, this information can be biased and may not represent all target people of the innovation. To tackle such a bias and enable the participation of a wider public, this hackathon aims at demonstrating the potential of a large-scale deliberation technology to enable the co-creation of potential solutions as part of a new open innovation paradigm. We will focus on two cases studies related to public transport, (1) 2050Today, which aims at the decarbonization of the International Geneva by bringing new transport solutions, and (2) ULTIMO EU project, which leads the design and implementation of new autonomous on-demand public transport in Europe.

        Speakers: Jesus Cerquides (Scientific Researcher, IIIA-CSIC), Johannes Wedenig (Convener Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEF), Jose Luis Fernandez-Marquez (Senior Lecturer, UNIGE and Coordinator EU Crowd4SDG project), Juan Antonio Rodriguez (Researcher, IIIA-CSIC), Oguz Mulayim (Postdoctoral Researcher, IIIA-CSIC)
      • 2:00 PM
        Leveraging citizen science for data-driven policies on sustainable development 5h

        Challenge 1. Design a guide for citizen scientists on how to produce relevant NSO-compliant data for monitoring SDGs.
        Challenge 2. Develop a method for producing high frequency data on SDG indicators on people’s experience, in particular, under SDG 16 – on public services, access to justice, inclusion, discrimination - but also other SDGs. Simple crowdsourcing is likely to suffer from selection bias and lack of representativeness.
        e.g., of indicators that measure the proportion of population
        - who have experienced a dispute in the past two years and who accessed a formal or informal dispute resolution mechanism, by type of mechanism (16.3.3),
        - satisfied with their last experience of public services (16.6.2),
        - who believe decision-making is inclusive and responsive, by sex, age, disability and population group (16.7.2),
        - reporting having personally felt discriminated against or harassed in the previous 12 months on the basis of a ground of discrimination prohibited under international human rights law (16.b.1).

        Speakers: Anais Zodeougan-Quist (UNITAR), Elena Proden ((Senior Specialist, SDGs and Strategic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda, UNITAR), Madina Imaralieva (UNITAR)
      • 2:00 PM
        Using crowdsourcing tools and digital currencies to transform public participation in climate resilience research. 5h

        The hackaton will involve the participants in exploring different modalities for citizens’ participation in SDG-related challenges.
        The hackaton involves a comprehensive set of tools and methods that can be used and personalized in different situations to which citizen scientist monitoring can contribute. The main focus will be on scenarios for information collection and analysis aimed at SDG indicators.
        Some challenges will be highlighted: active collection of information by citizens, analysis of information collected from social media with the help of citizens scientists, and reward techniques for motivating citizens' contributions and ensuring output quality.
        After a brief initial introduction of available tools, groups will be formed after an initial brainstorming session, and will then work towards making new proposals (or improving existing proposals) based on their experience and acquired knowledge.

        Speakers: Barbara Pernici (Professor of Computer Engineering, PoliMi), Carlo Alberto Bono (PhD candidate, PoliMi), Mirella Bärnthaler (Project Leader, Caliber Consult GmbH), Rosy Mondardini ((Managing Director at Citizen Science Center, ETH/UZH))