Participatory Science for Sustainable Development

The annual conference ‘Participatory Science for Sustainable Development”, organized by the Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge Section of UNESCO and the Objectif Sciences International (OSI), aims to share reflection and experiences on citizen science and its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Participatory science is research conducted by volunteers, including both children and adults. Any citizen can become a scientific volunteer, regardless of her/his knowledge backgrounds. Nowadays, decision-making needs to rely on information from various sources, including scientific research, indigenous and local knowledge, participatory and community-based research, and so on. However, in some countries, the lack of data, or sometimes the lack of validation process of this data, poses a serious problem for policy-making, which needs to be informed by data and statistics. Participatory science can contribute to data collection on vulnerabilities, factors, trends and changes in many key areas related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, it is essential to share existing successful experiences of participatory science and encourage all citizens to get involved in scientific research actively.
Against such background, this annual conference ‘Participatory Science for Sustainable Development’, organized by UNESCO and Objectif Sciences International (OSI), pursues to share knowledge, lessons learnt and potential of citizen science and its contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This conference is open to:
- professionals in the areas of education, scientific research and sustainable development
- government officials
- NGOs
- media
Students and anyone who is interested in this topic are also welcome to participate.
Please register online by filling in the form available in the following webpage:


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 22.03.2019 09:00 local time
End 22.03.2019 18:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Ikhlef, K.
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Ms. Khalissa Ikhlef,
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, Place de Fontenoy
Room Room XI
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 80
Official Website
Link 1 Online registration
Link 2 Conference information (In French)
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