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Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences, Crowd-Innovation and Fab Labs for Peace and Development - Annual International Conference 9th December, 2020, United Nations

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Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences, Crowd-Innovation and Fab Labs for Peace and Development - Annual International Conference 9th December, 2020, United Nations

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5th Annual International Conference on Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences, Crowd-Innovation and Fab Labs for Peace and Development - 8-10 December, 2020, United Nations
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5th Annual International Conference on Participatory Research, Citizen Sciences, Crowd-Innovation and Fab Labs for Peace and Development - 9 December, 2020, United Nations
Organized by Objectif Sciences International,
in Official Partnership with ECSA, AddictLab, FabLab DigiScope and Université Paris Saclay
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International Annual Conference on the Participatory Researches, Citizen Sciences, Crwod-Innovation and Fab Labs
in the frame of the 12th GENEVA FORUM at UN, December 7-11, 2020
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The program

Wednesday December 11, 2020

from 09:00 to 18:00

Wednesday evening, de 19:00 à 23:00 : Networking Dinner of Science for Peace and Development Networks

Presentations will be held in english and french. Debates and questions will be organized in english and french.
Leading Projects of Education to Science and Citizen Sciences since 1992, and creating 1st Participatory Researches Camps in 2004, the NGO Objective Sciences International have the Special Consultative Status to United Nations. Active in all continents, the NGO organize every year, since 2012, the International Annual Conference on Rights of Nature in United Nations, at which one participate all Governments actives in this domain or interested by these works. From 2016, and every year, OSI organize into the heart of the United Nations hemicycle the International Annual Conference on the Citizen Sciences and Participatory Researches, in order to allow all the actors and operators in these domains to exchange, meet and share directly and at the largest international level.
Crowd Sourced Sciences

Operators of Citizen Sciences who exchange already at national and continental levels (Europe, America, Asia, Africa, Middle-East...) and who desire to exchange together, and share practices and solutions, at the world level, meet together at the Annual International Conference organized in the United Nations.

Fab Labs / Citizen Science / Participative Researches

Several public or associative organizations that are active in the domain of Citizen Sciences or Participative Research, federated or organized, at the national level. The main national actors, the federations, and the specific operators, organized presently at the international level, and are called to meet annually at the end of the civil year, at the International Annual Conference on the Citizen Sciences and the Participative Researches, at United Nations, in Geneva.

This annual space of sharing results and pooling of skills, allow to the actors of the domain to exchange practices, solutions, ideas, needs.

Your Annual Exchanges Resource

In the following of the national and continental meetings that are organized in each country and continent by the local federation, this International Annual Conference at United Nations allow the actors to implement in consultation, or to inform mutually, of progress and actions they lead during the year, or that they have in project.

The participants at this Conference are:

  • Local and regional actors of different countries
  • Thematic Actors by scientific disciplines
  • Regional or national federations
  • Thematic Federations, by scientific disciplines
  • Large Institutions of Science or Education
  • Government departments (Education, Research, Environment, Industry ...) and international associations of Ministries
  • Specialized Journalists (science, environment, education, sustainable development ...)
  • UN agencies (UNDP, UNEP ...)

Subjects that are in the agenda of this year are:

  • Standards and references of exchange on Citizen Science practices between national and international organizations
  • National and international Charts of Citizen Science, examples, projects, ongoing discussions of shares
  • Financing Solutions of the actions of Citizen Science
  • Access of citizen actors to the Research beyond their simple contributions
  • Administrative Status / legislative / recognition / etc of actors of Citizen Science projects
  • The Citizen Research, beyond the digital interface
  • Expected Features of web portals of Citizen Science
  • Services for Citizen Science provided by FabLabs
  • Dissemination and Exploitation of the results to the uninvolved Big Public
  • Road map for the mutual opening of the data collected
Special Chamber by and for the FabLab : FabLab for the Sustainable Development
FAB SDGs is the Macro-Management Initiative created by OSI - Open Science International (Objectif Sciences International) and Fablab Digiscope - Université Paris-Saclay to facilitate the alignment of fablab activities with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This workshop of the the Conference, organized in this long term collaboration with the GENEVA FORUM will gather experts from the global fablab network who already align with the SDGs together with new comers willing to align their fablab programs with the SDGs. For this second session at the GENEVA FORUM 2020, the FAB SDGs Working Group will focus on detecting existing and robust programs that already align with the SDGs through an anticipated call for contribution to fablabs. This call will also give new comers the opportunity to expose new programs and activities - even the most disruptive ones - aligning with the SDGs.

During the GENEVA FORUM, we will discuss the panel of strategies to support, to distribute, and to bring the most advanced fablab activities, programs and peoples to align with the SDGs at a global scale, to promote the alignment between the Open Science Practices and the SDGs.

For participating as speaker at this workshop, you just need to register at GENEVA FORUM on this page, then follow instruction your will received to post a proposal of presentation.

For participating as listener and participant, you just need to register at GENEVA FORUM on this page.

Detailed Program

Exchanges between stakeholders of the meeting will happen in a round table between speakers and debates with the audience of the Assembly.

Organiser : NGO Objective Sciences International, Geneva
Chairman : Thomas EGLI, Founder of Objectif Sciences International, Head of the GENEVA FORUM
Co-Chairman, in charge of the Fab Lab Chamber : Romain DI VOZZO, Fablab Digiscope|Université paris-Saclay|FAB SDGs Initiative
Opening KeyNotes Crowd Innovation and SDGs : Jan Van MOLL, Head of AddictLab

Here the Programme of the 5 days of GENEVA FORUM of December 2020, where are described the days dedicated to the Conference on Science for Peace and Sustainable Development Goals.

Programme of GENEVA FORUM 2020 (Public side)

Official Opening Session

Official welcoming session for Fab Lab Chamber : Tuesday 8 December 3:00 pm

Session organised in partnership with Fab Foundation, FAB SDGs Initiative, Université Paris Saclay and Objectif Sciences International.

  • Keynotes
  • Remarks on current situation
  • informal gathering of Fab Labs; Welcome and preparation for Wednesday Fab Lab activities

Official welcoming session for Citizen Science Chamber : Wednesday 9 December 1:30 pm

Session organised in partnership with ECSA, AddictLab, Science et Cité and Objectif Sciences International.

  • Keynotes
  • Remarks on current situation
  • Remarks about concepts of the International Annual Conference

Presentations currently proposed for 2020

The Geneva FORUM 2020 will be provided online. The whole content will be provided, included a Business Connection Engine. The detailed schedule of each session is sent to all people filled in this registration form.

Validated Presentations

Citizen Science, Winning Practices (Session 1/3)
Wednesday dec 9, 3pm-5pm (Geneva Time)

Cos4Cloud - Integrating Citizen Science in the European Open Science Cloud: Challenges and opportunities for developing a new generation of Citizen Science Observatories ORAL PRESENTATION

Citizen science is one of the eight priorities of the European Open Science Agenda, together with the creation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). EOSC incorporates the European Commission’s vision of an extensive infrastructure to support and develop open science and open innovation in Europe and beyond. This new ecosystem provides a virtual environment for all researchers to store, manage, analyze, and re-use their products (software, data, among others.) for research, innovation, and educational purposes.

Within this framework, the H2020 ‘Co-designed Citizen Observatories Services for the EOS-Cloud’ project (2019-2022) aspires to integrate citizen science in the EOSC ecosystem. COS4CLOUD aims to develop essential research and technology to co-design and prototype innovative services to address critical challenges faced by citizen observatories. The final goal is to improve the implementation of existing and future citizen observatories and to contribute to ensuring their sustainability.
Based on several citizen observatories currently widely in use in Europe and some new ones such as the EU-Citizen.Science, a range of innovative services, will be co-designed, prototyped, and implemented. These innovative services range from tools for improving data and information quality using deep machine learning, automatic video recognition, advanced mobile app interfaces, and other cutting-edge technologies, as well as mechanisms to ensure the visibility and recognition of data contributors and the tools to improve networking between various stakeholders. The design of these new services is user-oriented, engaging a wide range of stakeholders in society (public sector, industry, SMEs, academia, education, and research agencies) to co-design requirements and satisfy user needs.

For co-design, developing, and testing services, COS4CLOUD will develop a diverse range of activities from datathons, hackathons, among others; as well as creating a space for knowledge exchange and sharing best practice. These activities could be a useful space for promoting the collaborative work between citizen observatories, especially in common challenges about infrastructure and technology. Likewise, enhance the networking between them and search for opportunities and solutions for their sustainability.

Apart from inviting the citizen science community to involve in COS4CLOUD, we will share the progress in some of the questions that COS4CLOUD is working on like: How these innovative services could contribute to the implementation of Open Science in Europe? Which are the potential connections with other ongoing initiatives (i.e. Eu-Citizen.Science, ...) ? What are the challenges faced by citizen observatories in terms of quality and interoperability? What are the opportunities that new technologies are bringing? How to implement FAIR data approach in citizen science and what is lacking in this approach from the perspective of citizen science?

Mrs Karen SOACHA, Mr Jaume PIERA, Mr Miquel Angel RODRIGUEZ; Institute of Marine Sciences, Spain,

Developing metrics and instruments to evaluate the impacts of citizen science on society, governance, the economy, the environment, and science ORAL PRESENTATION

Citizen science is emerging as an important mechanism for informing policy, contributing to scientific discoveries and benefiting society. Currently, neither policymakers nor scientists have enough empirical evidence on how citizen science informs policy, contributes to scientific discoveries or benefits society overall. Innovative approaches and a more diverse array of citizen science evaluation tools are needed to understand citizens roles in the research cycle and to plan and implement projects in ways that lead to more effective scientific and policy outcomes. The Measuring Impacts of Citizen Science (MICS) project aims to develop these tools and test them on citizen science activities in the context of nature-based solutions (NBS).
NBSs are increasingly becoming part of policy and planning strategies, but multiple knowledge gaps have hindered their implementation and acceptance. For example, natural systems behave differently depending on ecosystem type, climate, location, condition and management, and therefore generalised assumptions about the functioning and impact of NBSs can be made only with caution. This has led to variations in their success and application. The effectiveness of NBSs depends to a large degree upon the perceptions regarding nature and upon the needs of stakeholders, such as citizens/public, user groups, conservation bodies, landowners, farmers, land managers, policymakers, practitioners. The challenges and knowledge gaps present in NBSs can be overcome by engaging citizens in the co-design and collection of scientific data relating to NBSs.
The MICS project evaluates the impact of citizen science activities in the context of NBS research []. The MICS specific objectives are:

  • to provide comprehensive, participatory and inclusive metrics and instruments to evaluate citizen science impacts;
  • to implement an impact-assessment knowledge-base through toolboxes for methods application, information visualisation, and delivery to decision-makers, citizens and researchers;
  • to empower ordinary people, adopting and adapting the best practice generated by the Ground Truth 2.0 project [] in the co-creation of hands-on citizen science validated in four case-study sites across Europe, resulting in a comprehensive conceptual framework and clear recommendations for those involved in citizen-science projects;
  • to generate new approaches that strengthen the role of citizen science in supporting research and development;
  • to foster a citizen-science approach to increase the extent to which scientific evidence is taken up by policymakers through specific recommendations.
    To achieve these objectives, MICS will: (1) develop metrics and instruments to measure costs and benefits of citizen science in relation to the NBSs, with particular attention in the domains of the environment, science, society, the economy, and governance; (2) provide an integrated platform to apply these metrics and instruments; (3) validate the best practice in the co-creation of hands-on citizen science by pilot testing in four case-study sites across Europe (in the UK, Italy, Hungary and Romania); and (4) produce a comprehensive conceptual framework and clear recommendations.
    The MICS project develops the approaches needed to evaluate citizen-science impact and creates an easy-to-use online tool that lets project managers and policymakers figure out how to maximise the positive impact. The four case study sites explore the applicability and usefulness of citizen science tools in regions with differing needs, contexts, conditions, constraints and approaches to NBSs, and with various levels of citizen-science application and uptake. In some of the sites selected, MICS adopts the Freshwater Watch method [] that citizens use to monitor nitrates and phosphates in freshwater ecosystems.
    The platform, the data and the totality of the results of MICS will be available for use by anyone involved in a citizen-science project wanting to understand its impact, whether at the planning stage or after the project’s conclusion. The impact-assessment tool is applicable to any citizen-science project, and MICS plans to integrate it into platforms like EU-Citizen.Science and COS4CLOUD. The project will help to demonstrate that the citizen-involvement in scientific projects has serious legs: that millions of people using apps to monitor the environment can make a difference.
    The new MICS metrics and instruments also help to measure the impact of citizen science with respect to the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Meeting the targets is complex and we are way behind where we should be on nearly every goal. MICS and, in general, the European Commission’s investment in citizen science offer a rare opportunity to achieve a measurable impact.
    The MICS project provides the methodology and the tools which allow for the systematic evaluation of impacts of citizen-science projects across different domains (viz., society, governance, the economy, the environment, and science). Like any other intervention, the impact of citizen-science projects can be positive and negative, as well as intended and unintended. Finally, MICS provides the first in-depth analysis of how citizen science can impact research, development and societal learning, and how citizen science can be (or not) a policy pathway for decision-makers.

Mr Luigi CECCARONI, Ms Uta WEHN, Mr Steven LOISELLE, Mr Stephen PARKINSON, Ms Hannah JOYCE, Mr Marc NAURA, Mr Martin JANES, Mr Mohammad GHARESIFARD, Ms Sasha WOODS, Mr James SPRINKS ; Earthwatch, United Kingdom ;

3DEXPERIENCE Lab Museum of Innovation : A scalable, deployable & infinite virtual experience showcasing innovations contributing strongly to UN SDGs ORAL PRESENTATION

This is a video presentation by Frederic Vacher, Global Director and Head of Innovation - Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, where he will take you through a journey as he navigates the different projects in the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab in an immersive virtual environment, powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.
In late 2019, the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab unveiled a Virtual Lab, in the form of a “Museum of Innovation,” a scientific and technological virtual reality experience to show-case innovations from around the world. While 3DEXPERIENCE Lab has a physical presence in 3 locations, this Virtual Lab is available on the cloud – a format that renders the spirit of the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab more accessible from anywhere in the world.
We map projects of candidate startups with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to understand their alignment and potential to make impact. Currently, we are accelerating:

  • 11 startup projects focused on SDG 3 (Good Health & Well-being),
  • 3 projects on SDG 7 (Affordable & Clean Energy),
  • 3 projects on SDG 4 (Quality Education),
  • 3 projects on SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities),
  • 2 projects on SDG 9 (Industry Innovation & Infrastructure),
  • 2 projects on SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities & Communities),
  • 2 projects on SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), and more.
    From solar autonomous drones and sustainable energy production to 3D-printed organs and virtual surgery, this new 3D immersive experience offers a unique way for anyone to discover Lab’s disruptive projects addressing some of the world’s major challenges in health, well-being, energy, farming, mobility and other areas. As visitors virtually navigate through the “Museum of Innovation” using Augmented Reality devices, they experience each innovative project as an interactive, real-time multi-sensorial experience in 3D. Throughout this learning expedition, visitors can gain insight into a project’s background, understand how it contributes toward advancing the UN SDGs, and listen to the startup’s CEO, then delve further into the story by virtually experiencing scientific simulations and interacting with a digital twin of the project alongside its physical prototype.
    As this VR experience is available in a digital environment on the cloud, it is scalable and quickly deployable. Following this preview, Dassault Systèmes expects to extend access to the virtual museum to other countries where it is located, and partner with science museums to share the experience with the public.

Mr Frederic VACHER, Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, France,

Iceland: Land of Ice and Fire ORAL PRESENTATION

Last summer, we went on a trip to Iceland. During this trip, we were able to explore a wide array of landscapes each presenting their own unique specialties. Iceland is a treasure for scientists around the world, we were able to discover numerous scientific fields such as geology, glaciology, volcanology and how these fields intertwine to create the Iceland we know today.
Mr Thomas RAVEL, Mr Alexandre RAVEL ; Objectif Sciences International, France,

On the lookout for biodiversity (roaming) ORAL PRESENTATION

In July 2020 I took part in the Itinérance project by leaving Chandolin for a 40km walk with 3 other people. We went to places never before visited by OSI to discover new areas and new species of plants and animals. It is a participatory research project with young people of an average age of 14 to 15 years old.

Mr Erdemdalai DAMAY ; Objectif Sciences International, France,


In July, I went to Chandolin, one of the highest villages of Europe to participate, with other uninitiated, to the program of On Nature Peaks.
This program is a mix of botanic and alpinism, where participants, from 13 to 45 years old, collect botanic data, supervised by a professional botanist. It is included in the BIODIVERSITA project, which is composed of a lot of other programs, and which objective is the etude and conservation of the biodiversity, via citizen research.

Mr Luc IMBERT ; Objectif Sciences International, France,

Reliability of data collected by volunteers, a nine-year citizen science study in three Red Sea touristic facilities ORAL PRESENTATION

Citizen‐science projects vary extensively in subject matter, objectives, activities, and scale, but there is always one common goal: to collect reliable data that can be used for scientific and policy purposes. The quality of data collected by non-professional volunteers in citizen science programs is crucial to produce data that are usable by stakeholders to implement environmental management and protection plans. The aim of this study was to assess the quality of data collected by non-specialist volunteers during the citizen science project SCUBA Tourism for the Environment (STE), carried out in three touristic resorts of the Red Sea between 2007 and 2015. The project was based on the Recreational citizen science protocol that differs from the Traditional one because it does not change dives features (i.e. dive place, depth, etc.), do not require to follow a training course and to pass a final exam before participating in the project. For the recreational protocol, scuba instructors and divemasters were briefly trained during public events about project aims, methods and expected results and then they had directly involved volunteers in the project. STE project involved more than 14,000 volunteer recreational divers in data collection on biodiversity. Through a specifically designed questionnaire, volunteers indicated which of the seventy-two target marine taxa were sighted during their recreational dive, giving an estimate of their abundance. To assess the validity of collected data, a reference researcher randomly dove with the volunteers and independently filled in the project questionnaire. Correlation analyses between the records of the reference researcher and those of the volunteers were performed to assess their quality. The study was performed based on 513 sample dives (dives in which was present our reference researcher with at least three volunteers) with a total number of 3138 volunteers tested. Different parameters were used to analyze data reliability 1) Accuracy, the similarity between data collected by volunteers and those collected by the reference researcher, obtained with Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient; 2) Consistency, obtained correlating data collected only by volunteers during the same dive, without the reference researcher, using Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient; 3) Percentage of identified that is the percentage of taxa registered by volunteers compared to the taxa observed by the reference researcher; 4) Correct identification that is the percentage of volunteers that correctly identified individual taxa when the taxon was present; 5) Correctness of abundance ratings (CAR) that is the correctness in abundance ratings made by volunteers compared to those collected by the reference researcher; 6) Reliability obtained with correlation between data collected by volunteers and those collected by the reference researcher, using Cronbach’s alpha correlation; 7) measure of similarity between each volunteer and the reference researcher, using Czekanowski’s proportional similarity index). The influence of independent variables date, depth, dive time, diving certification level and group size of participants on volunteers’ accuracy was also analyzed. The lowest mean score (mean score 51.6%, 95% Confidence Interval CI 44.1-59.2%) was obtained for Consistency, indicating that, depending on personal interests, volunteers could give attention to different taxa and the highest one for the Reliability parameter (mean score 69.8%, 95% CI 62.8 – 76.9) indicating that volunteers are able to collect good quality data. A positive correlation was found between Accuracy and Correctness of Abundance Ratings (CAR) score and date indicating that long-term projects could achieve a higher quality of data collected by volunteers. Diving certification level and dive time resulted positively correlated with all parameters except for CAR indicating that more expert divers could collect better quality data than less expert ones and that spending more time underwater could have benefits on data quality. Overall, data quality in this study was comparable to that obtained in Traditional citizen science projects where strict training activities and protocols were followed. Independent variables revealed that long-term projects could achieve a higher Accuracy and CAR, this could be due to an improvement of the project with time, in terms of public training events, more clear description of tasks requested to instructors and divemasters and their consequent improvement in volunteers involvement. We also found that expert scuba divers (volunteers with higher diving certification level) were more reliable than the less expert, this could be due to their familiarity, not only with the marine environment, but also with the diving equipment, which allows them focus on the surrounding environment rather than on their balance or equipment. Finally, more time volunteers spent underwater the more reliable their data became. This study showed that Recreational citizen science could significantly support conventional research methods in monitoring biodiversity, notwithstanding careful planning for volunteer skills according to each specific project. The use of the Recreational citizen science protocol could enhance massive volunteers participation in citizen science projects because it do not require changes to the recreational activity in order to participate; this could also allow the collection of huge amount of data in a short period of time.

Ms Marta MESCHINI, Ms Mariana MACHADO, Ms Chiara MARCHINI, Mr Erik CAROSELLI, Ms Firella PRADA, Ms Silvia FRANZELLITTI, Ms Laura LOCCI, Mr Marco DAVOLI, Ms Michele TRITTONI, Mr Enrico NANETTI, Ms Mara TITTARELLI, Mr Riccardo BENTIVOGLI, Ms Simone BRANCHINI, Ms Patrizia NERI, Mr Stefano GOFFREDO ; University of Bologna and Fano Marine Center, Italy ;

Safe Drinking Water & Clean Cookstoves: For the Poor, By the Poor ORAL PRESENTATION

et de l’attention accrue portée aux pauvres, il est nécessaire de mettre en place un processus de façonnage de la céramique accessible aux potiers, dont les traditions de production sont très répandues. Ces potiers fabriquent à la main des produits tels que des récipients d’eau et des casseroles, et ont besoin d’être formés à la production rapide de copies exactes, grâce à des techniques de fabrication de modèles et de moules. Au Népal et au Kenya, la production de filtres à eau en céramique en forme de "bougie" a été réalisée à l’aide d’une presse en fer de grande taille, un procédé de formage qui n’est pas accessible aux potiers à faibles revenus.
Ces potiers ont tendance à être très qualifiés et devraient constituer une ressource inestimable. Ils connaissent déjà les différentes argiles et leur traitement, ainsi que les exigences du séchage et de la cuisson. Ils ont tendance à être avides d’apprendre de nouveaux produits et procédés et le renforcement de leurs capacités pourrait faire toute la différence dans le travail avec leurs voisins, en apportant de l’eau potable et de l’air intérieur pur à leurs communautés.
[en] With the dire problems posed by Covid-19 and an increased focus on the poor, there is a need for a forming process of ceramics that is accessible to potters, whose traditions of production are widespread. These potters produce by hand, such products as water containers and cook pots, and need training in quick production of exact duplicates, through techniques of model and mold making. For production of ceramic ‘candle’ water filters, in both Nepal and Kenya the forming of these filters was done with a sizable, iron press, a forming process not so accessible to low-income potters.
These potters tend to be highly skilled and should be an invaluable resource. They are already familiar with different clays and their processing and the demanding needs of drying and firing. They tend to be eager to learn about new products and processes and their capacity building could make all the difference in work along with their neighbors, getting safe drinking water and clean indoor air to their communities.

Mr Anthony Reid HARVEY, TAM Ceramics Group of NY, LLC, United States,

Establishing the effects of the use of bedtime technology on the body’s circadian rhythm in adolescents ORAL PRESENTATION

Children are one of the largest consumers of technology.
Children, adolescents, kids, youths, young people, call them what you like, they have all grown up using technology so readily, it’s almost an extension of the body. Children can be classed as ‘digital natives’. We live in an attention economy with so much information being processed and ignored on a daily basis that the quickest way to absorb this is digitally.
This digital environment has led to an increase in the amount of time that children spend using digital screens and other forms of technology. Some schools even require their students to submit homework via digital devices, some issuing iPads and tablets for that very purpose. This increase in screen time is all part of modern education.
The portability of technology coupled with the drive for more compact devices that have multi-functions, has led to a dramatic rise in the use of mobile phone technology amongst adolescents.
The technology that we have today, being of a 24-hour nature, has brought the entire world closer together, enabled communication and provides information on-tap at a moment’s notice. This has created a societal addiction to information and the need to remain constantly connected to one another.
Alongside this rise in the use of technology during bedtimes, is the problem that adolescents get fewer hours of sleep during weekdays and this affects their abilities during the daytimes both inside and outside the school setting.
Some studies have shown that a reduction in sleep or sleep disturbance has other consequences including long-term health affects to motor development, weight gain, cognitive functioning, increased addictions to caffeine and nicotine and even suggestions of cancer growth.
Our research shows that adolescents who use bedtime technology, especially mobile phones, late into the night, has consequences on overall sleep quality.
We’ve been able to demonstrate that the use of bedtime technology results in a reduction in sleep duration, altered sleep patterns, increased frequency of sleep disturbances and delayed sleep onset.
This research study has also shown that there is a strong relationship between the use of bedtime technology, daytime inattention and somnolence. Along with this, the results show a causal link between the use of bedtime technology and an increase in daytime drowsiness, irritability, anxiety and lethargy.

The aim of this citizen science project is to see whether it can be established through empirical study of a statistically significant-sized data sample, that bedtime technology has an effect on circadian rhythms in adolescents all around the world and not just in the UK. This project focuses on 3 core areas: i) Sleep; ii) Bedtime technology and iii) Circadian rhythms.
It can be conducted through: Online survey; Street surveys; Digital surveys; & Local community engagement projects.
Our mission is to empower children & young people to better understand & engage with science & STEM research, through this citizen science project. To make a positive impact on society and influence policy and key decision-makers at both a national & international level.
This citizen science research also supports the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG3: to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Mr Montgomery LORD, Young Active Minds, United Kingdom,

Mapping to help end Female Genital Mutilation ORAL PRESENTATION

I am the founder of Crowd2Map which since 2015 has added schools, hospitals, roads, buildings and villages to OpenStreetMap, with the help of over 12,500 volunteers worldwide and 1600 on the ground in Tanzania. With minimal budget and no staff we have so far added over 4.1 million buildings and trained community mappers in 26 areas of Tanzania

We were invited by UNFPA to organise an FGM mapathon as a UN General Assembly side event in September 2018, and a concurrent global mapathon in 60 countries, and a mapathon at the Nairobi Summit in Nov 2019.

Crowd2Map is a community run volunteer project that has impacted UN policy, and this approach offers a very cost effective way of engaging extremely disadvantaged rural communities and giving them the tools and measure and effect change in their communities. This model could easily be replicated in many other contexts.
The aim is to share learnings on this project where global volunteers work together with those on the ground in rural Africa to develop tools and data to allow communities to measure and promote their progress towards the SDGs. We seek to convince people of the benefits of such an approach and of the value of this citizen generated data.

We will give an overview of how Crowd2Map operates and its impact, followed by a practical workshop on best practice on mapping into OSM, including using Machine Learning generated satellite data and interrogating open data. This will involve participants mapping their own area of interest on laptop or phone. We will end with questions and next steps and set up a slack group for those who wish to continue to work together and share progress and questions.

We will demonstrate the value of crowdsourced data such as OpenStreetMap and how communities can be mobilised to contribute and use it. We will show how OSM can help protect girls from FGM and GBV and monitor progress towards their eradication at a village level. We will share lessons learnt in training first time smartphone users to collect this and other data about their community progress towards the SDGs, and how we recruited trained and manage 4000+ active volunteers remotely on no budget. We will also discuss our use of other data collection tools such as ODK.

This will be useful to anyone who is working with disadvantaged and poorly mapped rural communities (most low income countries), particularly on FGM, GBV, access to water, distance to school, land rights, climate change, deforestation, poverty, and anyone who is interested in better engaging such communities and empowering them to monitor and map themselves, as well as those interested in combatting the digital divide.

We will explore the power of citizen generated open data, the value of volunteers and the potential impact of investing in training disadvantaged rural communities who have never previously been online or used technology.

Mrs Janet CHAPMAN, Crowd2Map, United Kingdom,

Shifting perspective. Atlantic Wonder platform to foster inclusive dialogue for regenerative development in Madeira island POSTER PRESENTATION

The Portuguese island of Madeira is known internationally for the diversity and richness of its subtropical landscapes and ecosystems. Designated the title of “World’s Leading Island Destination” by the World Travel Awards each year since 2015, Madeira now attracts thousands of visitors annually. Amongst the island’s greatest draws are its natural wonders. Features such as the UNESCO protected Laurissilva Forest, the expansive levada canal system and the rich biodiversity both on land and in the ocean, are key drivers of an economy mainly based on mass tourism.

Today, more than ever, vulnerable island territories such as Madeira must identify methods and tools to transition toward regenerative and distributive systems. Such strategies could make local economic growth more sustainable and ethically just towards nature, its communities and ecosystems. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, international flights were forbidden to land on the island for nearly three months. For an economy almost exclusively based on tourism, many in Madeira are now very concerned about job security and socio-economic stability. As such, the lockdown has raised numerous critical questions about the island’s local economy and its relationship with tourism, including: How can the island begin to rely on a regenerative and non-destructive form of tourism? And how can the local economy rebuild through the implementation of sustainable practices, local resources, skills and know-hows?

Led by a team of researchers and educators from the Design Department of the University of Madeira, Atlantic Wonder is a platform of multidisciplinary conversations and creative activities that reflect upon the relationship between design and nature. The project started with the international Atlantic Wonder Summer School in Madeira’s capital, Funchal, in July 2018. Since its inception, Atlantic Wonder has attracted a diverse range of design practitioners, researchers, philosophers and artists to the island to partake in dialogues with local natural scientists and designers. The intention has been to start building a common vocabulary and a set of tools for understanding nature and provoke productive discussions with non-experts and policy-makers.

Atlantic Wonder also explores the role of design as mediator between disciplines, areas of study and practices that concern nature, while the island of Madeira itself represents a potential testbed for regenerative innovations toward sustainable transformations. Through annual summer schools, educational activities, public talks and its remit to enhance communication with the natural sciences, Atlantic Wonder has instigated an important public exchange about nature and design. Whether we refer to this as a terrestrial, multi-species, nature-centred or planet-centred approach, Atlantic Wonder has highlighted questions about our need to shift toward a post-anthropocentric perspective. Such questions as:
How do we make such a shift? How can we expand the concept of human-centred design to taking-care-by-design? How can we solve problems holistically, in ways that are positive for all living beings that contribute to life on Earth? And finally, what are the consequences of this on an island territory like Madeira?

Dr Valentina VEZZANI, Dr Elisa Bertolotti, Dr Susana Gonzaga ; University of Madeira & Paco Design Collaborative, Portugal, ;

Lidar in everyday life ORAL PRESENTATION

During these summer holidays in Crupies, a small town next to Valence in the mountains, I and young people interested in computer science worked on sensors, more precisely on the lidar which makes it possible to scan a space in 3D to be able to scan a caves in Mexico difficult to access by humans with other common stays.
Mr Gabriel CHAUVELIER ; Objectif Sciences International, France,

The SpaceGarden, a tool to develop local solutions for SDG based on space use. ORAL PRESENTATION

In recent years, we have witnessed a real revolution in the capacity to use space for monitoring the earth. Indeed, under the influence of audacious public policies such as Copernicus in Europe or private, the number of satellites observing the earth has increased very rapidly leading to an explosion of available data, increasingly precise and a drastic reduction in their costs or even a free in certain cases (Copernicus). At the same time, digital processing capacities, in particular big data and AI, greatly facilitate the access and processing of this data.

Everything is therefore available for the development of many solutions to control or facilitate access to SDGs, particularly in under-developing countries, with little ground infrastructure and for which the use of space allows access to data from the territory. However, we note that few services are developed locally, for lack of infrastructure but above all, for the lack of knowledge of the use of data. The SpaceGarden project developed by SpaceSeed aims to provide interested entities (incubators, fablab, governments, etc.) with a complete environment aimed at facilitating the development of space-based applications. This environment includes training and technical support and possibly support for business creation.

Mr Philippe LATTES, SpaceSeed, France,

E-WASTE: Challenges and motivations for socio-environmental evolution ORAL PRESENTATION |

The continuous growth in the production of solid waste in urban areas represents a serious socio-environmental problem, due to the current patterns of production and consumption, causing environmental and health impacts that must be fought. Among these agents, Electro-Electronic Waste (e-waste), since they are highly aggressive to the environment and to those around them, simultaneously polluting the soil, water and air. An aggravating factor is the low recycling rate: according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), 80% of produced e-waste are not recycled.

The “E-Waste Treatment” project (TREE – in Portuguese “Tratamento de Resíduos EletroEletrônicos) organized by the electrical engineering course at the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), in the city of João Pessoa, Brazil, with shared responsibility with the society, aims to raise awareness and to reduce the impacts caused by the incorrect disposal of these residues. Students that participate in the project must give lectures at public schools (which have insufficient funds for extracurricular activities), justifying and encouraging good actions. In addition, participants must organize and manage mini courses and workshops, aiming the reuse of e-waste for the construction of electronic projects (for example, a wind generator) and didactic materials. The project also act as an intermediary between the society and the disposal company, valuing the ideal disposal of the residue mentioned above. The visits to public schools are extremely important as they encourage their autonomy in the correct disposal of waste.

Among the main activities, we have: Data survey of waste produced by students and volume of residue collected by companies; Search for national and international organization and industries responsible for waste treatment, for better understanding of the recycle process and the dangers hidden therein; Development of interdisciplinary prototypes based on waste reuse.

The project is assisted by 5 professors in the field of electrical engineering, a professor of environmental engineering, technicians in electronics, numerous students as volunteers and a company responsible for the e-waste collection and disposal. The project is currently at its fourth consecutive year, getting more and more positive feedbacks and support from the partner schools. At the end of the lectures, approximately 70% of the listeners claim to have understood the subject, showing the efficiency of the methodology chosen for the project.


Decreasing the environmental footprint of cement and concrete: An open dialogue between academia, industry, and the local community ORAL PRESENTATION

Cement accounts for 5-10% of CO2 emissions; and as concrete-based infrastructure becomes more commonplace in the world, the impact of cement on the environment is expected to increase. As a result, it is imperative that more sustainable cementitious materials with the same costs, same strengths, and lower emissions are taken from research and brought into application.
The Laboratory of Construction Materials (LMC) at EPFL is dedicated to understanding the mechanisms of cement and finding supplemental materials with fewer emissions. However, to effectively make an impact, we focus on three points of action:
1) Characterization of building materials as we use them today
2) Development of supplemental materials and novel cement
3) Application of sustainable and better alternatives in industry
We will give an overview of how we approach these three points of action. LMC has many ongoing projects to characterize, control, and further develop the materials on the market today. The ERICA project, funded by the EU, is a five-nation H2020 MSC- Innovative Training Network program, geared towards understanding the main source of early-age strength in cement. Additionally, we work with Nanocem, a consortium of academic and industrial partners, to disseminate research and further discuss how we can reduce the environmental footprint of cement and concrete.
Finally, we will discuss the possibilities of LC3, or Limestone Calcined Clay Cement. Our lab, in collaboration with Universidad Central Marta Abreu de Las Villas in Cuba (UCLV), developed LC3, a cement that can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 40%. With partners in Cuba and India and funding from the Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation (SDC), we are working to find ways to increase awareness and bring LC3 technology from the lab into practice all around the world.

Ms Maya HARRIS, Ms Karen SCRIVENER, Mr Paul BOWEN ; Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland ;

A sustainable urban planning project and integration of mobility in the development of the hyper center of Kinshasa in the DRCongo POSTER PRESENTATION

In the twenty-first century, several African cities are confronted with the problems of urban growth and by extension the consequences of the urban explosion.

With its ten million inhabitants today, Kinshasa is simultaneously subject to demographic pressure and rural exodus accelerated by economic and social changes. According to a study conducted by the UNDP in 2010, the city of Kinshasa knows about 450,000 more people each year.

At the forefront of the problems generated by this urban explosion is the question of urban planning, particularly in terms of transport and development. Its demographic and spatial growth is characterized mainly by informal urbanization. The lack of planning for new urban areas and the renovation of existing ones has failed to stem sprawl trends and their consequences.

Three phenomena therefore characterize this urban growth. On the one hand, there is an over-densification of old and new cities. On the other hand, the significant demographic growth of the population in the east of the city, on the other side of the Ndjili river (Masina, Ndjili, Kimbanseke, Nsele) and at the same time the urban sprawl which moves further away the city center. This situation causes a spatial and economic imbalance between the mono-centered structure of the capital focused on the Gombe and the increasingly strong demographic density of the eastern agglomeration which is on the way to overtaking that of the central city without benefiting. sufficient employment centers. Furthermore, a third trend can be observed in the south of the city, on the hills of Mont-Ngafula, in the form of diffuse and informal peri-urbanization on land unsuitable for urbanization since their slope regularly causes flooding and extensive damage.

Admittedly, the city has spread, but while keeping a single center in which more than 70% of socio-economic activities are concentrated. Kinshasa therefore presents itself as a mono-polar city whose only pole is Gombe. This pole where political and economic activities are concentrated. In fact, in common parlance, we say "Na kei ville" to designate this prolific hub where most of the population goes in the morning to leave it in the evening.

And this occupation of the city has an impact on the performance of the transport network. We are witnessing a polarization of transport through the hyper center of Gombe creating traffic jams in all directions, insufficient parking areas, confusion between pedestrian space and that of cars in some places resulting in loss of time, accidents, thefts,… in a word, the congestion of the commune of Gombe.

Faced with this, the administration is weak and fails to meet the needs and aspirations of the urban population with regard to transport, urban security, organization and spatial management. It does not seem to take into account the dependence of the quality of life on the organization or even the planning of the city.
It is from this angle that our study will focus on the integration of mobility in the development of the hyper-center of Kinshasa and the strategies for reducing strong centrality.

Mr Jeancy MULE BOMA, Primature, Democratic Republic of the Congo,

Citizen Science, Hackers for Peace and Development (Session 2/3)
Monday dec 14, 3pm-5pm (Geneva Time)

Collaborative working group to create artificial lung ventilators open hardware, easy to produce, and low cost to combat COVID-19 ORAL PRESENTATION

The Respirador Hacker open platform brings together volunteers for the development of artificial respirators and other prototypes that can collaborate in serving people with Covid-19. Respirador Hacker focuses on the collaborative work of researchers inside and outside Brazil, from different areas of knowledge, committed to presenting prototypes that are easy to produce, low cost, and accessible.

Since the beginning of the project, we have counted on the collaboration of almost a thousand professionals, who collaborated on more than 20 different projects, from respirators to masks and decontamination chambers.


The global effort to create a ventilator ORAL PRESENTATION

During the height of the pandemic thousands of groups worldwide set out to create ventilators. They included fortune 500 companies, large Universities, and private individuals. It was the greatest effort of medical innovation in history but so many of these groups were ultimately unsuccessful. Here we explore lessons learned from this movement.

Mr Jeffrey EBIN, Ebcore, United States,

Critical Making: Studying RRI principles in the maker community ORAL PRESENTATION

This EU-funded consortium, starting in January 2020 will critically study the innovation processes in the maker movement with regards to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) aspects, especially in relation to gender, openness, recruitment of young people and more generally, their social responsibility. It will elaborate an analytical framework by extending the framework of grassroots innovation movement (GIM) with RRI aspects and responsible making principles to critically assess the maker movement’s innovation processes in terms of their compliance with RRI and their commitment to social responsibility. The test the framework will be empirically tested and iterated in three different cases:

1. A case will increase the gender awareness practices in the maker community. This is achieved through piloting 3-4 co-created measures to counteract the existing gender imbalance in maker spaces and in online spaces and create guidelines on gender awareness

2. A case will support the engagement of young people in maker spaces and further R&I activities via maker space actions and educational programmes that expand the formal curriculum with skills for responsible research and innovation

3. A case will provide methods to strengthen the social responsibility of the open hardware movement. This is achieved by piloting a mentoring programme for RRI aware, open hardware business innovations with a special emphasis on projects that advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through open science, social innovations or environmental sustainability.
The project will create awareness within the RRI community for the importance of grassroots innovation for socially responsible research and innovation and its bridging function between science and society via targeted dissemination in scientific journals, conferences and online media. It will also strengthen the opportunities stemming from the maker movement for the cooperation between science - society - industry. This is achieved by producing research based and co-created practical guidelines and recommendations for RRI aware and participatory maker space activities and disseminating them efficiently in collaboration with a broad stakeholder network.

Mrs Regina SIPOS, Technical University of Berlin, Germany,

The making of SDG activities ORAL PRESENTATION

During the last year SYN Fab Lab was involved in two projects:

  • SDG related activities for Fab Labs in schools that make pupils aware of the SDGs in a creative way, while having enough material to discuss where and how this affects them in a personal to a global scale. Project partially n collaboration with Fab Lab Factory, Belgium.
  • co-creating and running a maker network for covid with open source tested projects which were distributed with step by step instructions, while offering technical support to the makers. A platform for match making with clinics and places in need of resources, that were close enough to avoid overtime wait and energy loss. Transparent to all, open for all to contribute, global and local open projects customised in some cases and aimed to help locally.
    The project to discuss in the conference is the SDG related activities for Fab Labs, and more specifically the way the SDG activities are made and the criteria. Results will be discussed as well as COVID restrictions, feedback and future work.
    The SDG activities do not just address Fab Labs or schools but all organisations that are SDG related.

Ms Olivia KOTSIFA, SYN Fab Lab, Greece,,

3DEXPERIENCE Lab OPEN COVID-19 Community – Leveraging the Collective Intelligence of ‘Makers’ to find optimized solutions for the pandemic ORAL PRESENTATION

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, 3DEXPERIENCE Lab launched several global initiatives that leveraged collaborative, collective intelligence from designers, engineers, scientists, makers and others – including simulation specialists – on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, to rapidly source, qualify, design, engineer and manufacture solutions that could solve issues and benefit local hospitals during the pandemic. One of these was the setting up of Open COVID-19 Community to bring the collaborative powers of the global network of engineers, fab labs, makers, hospitals and medical professionals together to address the medical supply gap in new and creative ways via a cloud-based platform – and with remarkable effect.
Thousands of makers, designers and engineers within the Fab Lab network were potentially connected to domain experts and professionals who could provide these teams with advice and guidance, and medical professionals who could share specific needs of the frontline health workers. This collaboration among dedicated professionals across different industries to solve a shared challenge was truly unique. For doctors to be able to voice their requirements in seconds to makers and innovators located half a world away was exciting and inspirational. Usually, the paths of these people do not cross. Bringing them together through open innovation unleashed a collective intelligence that was quite extraordinary.
As well as facilitating collaboration, the Open COVID-19 Community made cloud-based design, 3D modeling and simulation software available to its participating makers and startups, enabling them to verify accurate representations of their designs in simulated real-world environments to ensure optimal performance – before putting them into production. This resulted in an agility that bridged a gap and delivered life-saving equipment to those who needed it most.

Mr Abhishek BALI, Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, United States,

The state of impact innovation in hardware ORAL PRESENTATION

Key enabling trends have been spearheading a transformative evolution in hardware innovation. From 3D designs now being shared online to be made anywhere, to the emerging network of digital manufacturing technologies at scale, and how an explosion of IoT data can enable into increasingly flexible supply chains.
These trends affecting hardware innovation are also having a social and environmental impact. It is opening up collaboration and rapid iteration at scale, with best practices inspired by open source software. It is ushering circular models of production and consumption, where local empowerment is proving key for long term viability of solutions.
Drawing from case studies from around the world, this presentation will explore these key trends and implications in the context of the different initiatives that are paving the way in terms of developing hardware products across disruptive innovation areas.

Ms Christina Rebel Rebel, Wikifactory, Spain,

Citizen Science, FabLabs for Change, Tool of assessment and monitoring (Session 3/3)
Thursday dec 17, 3pm-5pm (Geneva Time)

Other potential presentations

Promouvoir le développement durable dans le commerce mondial et les négociations multilatérales ORAL PRESENTATION

Les exportations et les importations mondiales reprennent rapidement du volume après le fort déclin accusé par le commerce de marchandises en 2008 et 2009. En dépit de cette reprise impressionnante, les préoccupations des pays de l’OCDE relatives à l’emploi, à la compétitivité et à la politique chinoise des taux de change ont engendré un climat politique défavorable à la poursuite de la libéralisation dans le cadre du Cycle de Doha. Il est intéressant de noter que les pays en développement qui hésitaient à s’engager dans un nouveau cycle de négociations en 2001 se situent maintenant à l’avant-garde de ceux qui souhaitent parvenir rapidement à une conclusion des pourparlers, bien que le consensus sur l’ambitieux « paquet du développement » envisagé initialement à Doha reste hors d’atteinte. Par ailleurs, le commerce a fait l’objet d’une attention et d’un examen sans précédents dans le cadre des débats sur les changements climatiques. Dans le contexte créé par la crise de la coopération multilatérale, la communauté internationale a un urgent besoin de générer de nouveaux types d’arrangements et de trouver des réponses innovantes aux impératifs du développement et de la transition mondiale vers une économie à faible intensité de carbone.

Mr Moise Aime KAMMEGNE, Etablissement mose’s-commerce general import-export, Cameroon


Presentations done in 2019

Validated Presentations

Official shedule Be aware it exists parrallels room for the afternoon
Wednesday 11 Dec Morning - Room VII, Building A Starting at 09:00 am, please be at Pregny Gate of United Nations since 08:00 am
08:30 am - Hosting in the Room
08:50 - Official hosting
09:00 - Introducting key-notes, by Mr 
09:05 am - A Layman’s view on Fab Lab ORAL PRESENTATION
fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) is workshop offering personal digital fabrication on a small scale. It is typically equipped with a variety of computer-controlled tools that cover several different scales of length and has a wide array of materials. The aim of a fab lab is to make available all of the resources and tools to make "almost anything". This includes technology-enabled products which are generally perceived to be limited to mass production.

Fabrication laboratories are not yet able to compete with mass production of goods and its associated economies of scale in fabricating widely distributed products however they have the potential to empower individuals to create smart devices for themselves. These devices can be custom-made to fulfill local or personal needs without considering practical or economical consideration when using mass production.

The Fab Lab movement aligns closely with the “do-it-yourself” movement, open-source hardware, maker culture, and the free and open source movement and it shares its philosophy as well as technology with them.

Fab Lab aims to mobilize co-promoters and partners in order to create the ideal conditions and hence are essential for every school, and every institution, a trend that is emerging in Canada. The purpose of this fab labs is to scale up social innovation and sustainability by combining digital tools and knowledge sharing. Fab labs can contribute to developing the "make it together" attitude by encouraging
knowledge transfer and promote the emergence of the innovative process in the field of sustainable development including economic, cultural and social development.

Fab Labs represent an innovative solution for reconfiguration of actual production models and for the labor market transformation. They offer fabrication spaces that give citizens the tools and resources to contribute towards the building of strong and resilient local communities.

The Fab Labs are part of an open innovation movement and are tangible tools of smart city. The Fab Lab is an innovation accelerator equipped with digital manufacture machine-tools (such as 3-D printer, laser cutting, digital milling machine), where engineers, inventors, creators and all those who have an entrepreneurial project gather together to move from an idea to a complete object. Furthermore, there are true international communities around fab lab, in hundreds of cities and villages, resulting in potential for economic and social development across multiple sectors, such as health, creativity, education, entrepreneurship.

Fab Lab offers its users (companies startups, contractors, research lab, school) the means of professional digital design necessary to carry out projects as well as the access to rapid prototyping and pre-industrialization. They aim to help companies realize their physical products and accelerate their commercial launch by relying on collective intelligence to innovate better. It can also support inventors for agreements with companies and contribute to the emergence of new business models, or even new forms of companies.

Mr Mohamed Shahid SIDDIQI , Ansted University, Canada,
09:13 am - [Global] FAB SDGs InitiativeORAL PRESENTATION
The [Global] FAB SDGs Initiative is the Macro-Management Initiative created by Fablab Digiscope|Université Paris-Saclay* and Open Science International (Objectif Sciences International)* to facilitate the alignment of fablab activities with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This first collaboration will gather experts from the global fablab network who already align with the SDGs together with new comers willing to align their fablab programs with the SDGs. For this very first session at the GENEVA FORUM 2019, the FAB SDGs Working Group will focus on detecting existing and robust programs that already align with the SDGs through an anticipated call for contribution to fablabs. This call will also give new comers the opportunity to expose new programs and activities - even the most disruptive ones - aligning with the SDGs.
During the GENEVA FORUM 2019 - taking place at the UN Headquarter in Geneva (Switzerland)-, we will discuss the panel of strategies to support, to distribute, and to bring the most advanced fablab activities, programs and peoples to align with the SDGs at a global scale, to promote the alignment between the Open Science Practices and the SDGs.
*Open Science International (Objectif Sciences International in french) is a United Nation consultative NGO dedicated to the promotion of open science.
*Fablab Digiscope|Université Paris-Saclay is one of the leading nodes of the globally distributed fablab network.
Mr Romain DI VOZZO, France, Fablab Digiscope|Université paris-Saclay|FAB SDGs Initiative,
09:20 am - Fab Lab Mindanao- an essential resource for innovation in Southern Philippines ORAL PRESENTATION
The Fablab Mindanao is the first FabLab in Southern Philippines funded by the Department of Trade and Industry. It is situated at MSU-IIT campus. Since it has been established in 2016, it has served as an innovation hub and has made significant contributions in building towards a more sustainable innovation ecosystem in MSU-IIT and in Mindanao as a whole.
Its various programs are able to promote innovation and collaboration among the different sectors in the community and have reached not only students in different levels but as well as to MSMEs and researchers. To date the FabLab Mindanao has conducted 251 trainings on digital fabrication and has served 290 MSMEs, among others.
Ms Jinky BORNALES, Philippines, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology,
09:27 am - Connecting Terroirs. Citizen Science in the Fab City REMOTE ORAL PRESENTATION
Fab City aims at fostering the social resilience of urban areas by structuring networks of Fab Labs and third-places. As a medialab, thr34d5 reviewed the ontology of this initiative and provides an understanding of the articulation between networks of interests and communities of values so to enhance Fab City’s potential for territorial resilience through citizen applied research. Openness is identified as a key feature of research projects nested within Fab City, which represents a challenge as the diversity of participants is very low in the makers movement. In order to assess openness and SDGs 9 to 12, thr34d5 practices a community-oriented design that is anchored in the actor-network theory and cyber-counter-culture heritage, distancing from human-centred and participative design that are replicating dominant models. In providing a methodology for a systemic understanding of situated communities, this research helps pave the way for a dynamic and inclusive practice of design, one that aims at building an evolving common language for resilience while prizing cultural differences. thr34d5 will introduce in this presentation its methodology and ongoing works on inclusive and distributed biomaterial research (kombucha pellicle) as a citizen science approach to the Fab City
Mr Adrien RIGOBELLO, thr34d5 medialab, France,
The Philippines is facing 2 major problems right now that can be addressed by our Startup LESSTICS. First poverty, due to several factors such as little or no employment opportunities, conflict, poor education, limited capacity of the government, inequality, lack of infrastructure and many more. But most of these problems can be easily addressed. Lesstics aims to provide employment in every community to help us process the single use plastics that has been collected from every household. Once properly segregated and cleaned. This will then be shredded and processed. The processing involved are mixing the plastics with our vegetable based formulation (adhesive) to form into panels of insulators. These insulators are then sold to construction companies as a material for buildings. The technology that we have developed and that set us apart is the formulation of the adhesive that skip the part of melting the plastics before turning them into different items (Common practice of some companies). This does not only create new problem on our environment but also affect greatly the health of the people. Second problem that we are addressing is the single used plastics in our environment. Due to poverty most of the people in the Philippines are reliant on products that are package in single use plastics. Since most families cannot afford to buy a tube of toothpaste, some will only buy what they need in a day that comes in 5ml containers of single use plastics. Overtime time these items will accumulate together with the other products such as shampoo, condiments, junk foods and many more. These packets if not properly segregated and processed will end up in our landfill and will stay there for the next 1000 years. When heavy rain comes usually during the months of June to January of every year. This will then be pushed to our waterways such as the rivers and beaches. This started as a problem here in the Philippines but the tides will carry them in other countries. With Lesstics, we will provide employment in every community while saving our environment from single use plastics in reaching our landfills and waterway
Mr Kenno Michael UY, Philippines, Fablab- Mindanao, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, Dr. Jinky Bautisa Bornales,MSU- Iligan Institute of Technology,
09:41 am - Vulca testimony
Since 2014, Vulca is on the road exploring the world of Fablabs and MHackerspaces. The very beginning of our journey was informal, but eventually we realized not only the potential of such spaces to deal with globbaly posed challenges, but the importance of the human conections created through those explorations. Any network is useful only if its members innterconnect and that is why we decided to organize annual seminars (Vulca Seminars) and continue with tours (Vulca Tours).
These actions helped us map more precisely multiple initiatives currently ongoing in such spaces (Fablabs and MHackerspaces). We also have a collection of projects that were developed between sevarel spaces which brings us to the main point: If numerous local initiatives visited during Vulca Tours are already dealing with global issues on a small scale, to reach more impactful global solution for SDGs, establieshed human connections and distributed actions are essential.
Let’s discuss more the impact of human connections during our presentation.

Mr Thomas SANZ, Alexandre ROUSSELET , VUlca, France,
09:48 am - Careables and fablabs - how patients and practitioners are using technologies to solve their own problems
Careables is a platform that collects open healthcare solutions, it is an open and inclusive approach to healthcare for citizens based on digital fabrication, distributed manufacturing, and collaborative making.
Healthcare demands and solutions are changing rapidly. We see an urge for patients and care professionals to design more customized and tailor-made solutions. In parallel, the maker movement is designing ‘open hardware’, as product design is being democratized, opened up and accessible for a growing community. These two forces brought together a heterogeneous team that wants to support an open and inclusive approach to healthcare, based on digital fabrication, distributed manufacturing and collaborative making. We want to support citizens who feel like taking action themselves to satisfy their healthcare needs instead of relying on public healthcare services.

Mr Enrico BASSI, Opendot Fab Lab , Italy,
09:55 am - Our approach to meaningful, creative learning experiences for local communities.
Education must first of all allow people of all ages to flourish and thus develop open, broad and strong personalities. In education (formal or non formal), every person should be challenged so that as many people as possible can reach their highest possible capabilities and fulfil their dreams .
It is the intention that all people have at least the key competencies to function well in society and that they excel in their possibilities.
Based on the foundations of social constructionism, the Fab Lab movement, the 21st century skills and with the UN Sustainable Development Goals being a compass, we propose an educational framework for schools and libraries: This framework addresses all competence levels and helps learners to deal with local challenges while providing knowledge, for them to become critical thinkers and autonomous, skilled makers.

10:05 - 5 minutes - Introducing keynotes "How could the Fab Labs align with Agenda 2030 and support achieving the SDGs through concrete activities"
Jonas HAERTLE, Special Assistant to Executive Director at United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
10:10 - 5 minutes - How Crowd-Innovation in Fab Lab could help SDGs
by Jan Van MOLL, Head of AddictLab
10:11 am - Driving SDGs by fostering a Bottoms-up Approach to Innovation and using Social ’Radar-ing’ to identify and nurture entrepreneurial talent
Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, with powerful 3D solutions (CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, SIMULIA, BIOVIA, GEOVIA, ENOVIA, NETVIBES, etc.) and over 25Mn active users in 140 countries, has been chosen as the Most Sustainable Company internationally for our commitment to harmonizing product, life and nature. The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab is the global start-up acceleration and open innovation program of Dassault Systèmes.
Objective of this presentation is to exemplify one of the ways global corporates can play a vital role in activating multiple ecosystems across domains and geographies and contribute to the 2030 Agenda. We wish to share how the core team of 3DEXPERIENCE Lab uses the collaborative power of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to map SDGs and sharpen its focus on empowering both start-ups and maker ecosystems globally. We will introduce a framework of open innovation that we use internally to do social ‘radar-ing’, source ideas and projects, and nurture them through our external and internal online communities and a unique mentorship model.
‘Social’ is the key! It’s about putting human mind (startups, makers, young minds, mentors) at the centre and the edges of Innovation by ensuring digital continuity between contexts, data and users.
For innovative startups, the Lab is a super selective program that incubates technology-focused companies who are trying to solve tough problems with a positive social/ environmental impact that we assess through their SDG alignment. We continually track SDGs using our Netvibes Dashboarding tool and map trending topics, influencers and emotional markers globally. This real-time monitoring helps us identify and source potential candidates for the Lab. Due to this robust, scale-able and repeatable process, we have start-ups that are trying to clean up oceans, launch small satellites in an eco-friendly way, 3D Printing human cells for making organ transplant more accessible, helping special children hone their social skills, assisting surgeons with pre-operative strategy, and so on.
To empower ‘makers’, Dassault Systèmes works closely with MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, and The Fab Foundation, as its Founding 3D Environment Partners. We provide software support to over 1000 fab labs across the world and drive multiple initiatives around digital fabrication with MIT, locally and globally. While Our Boston Lab is a vital node in this global network of fab labs, we also sponsor creation of one new Digital Fabrication Lab every year (Rwanda, Bhutan, Chile) to enable makers solve for local needs using global, connected tools. These are tangible steps towards building sustainable communities and responsible production and consumption (SDG 11,12).
To stimulate young minds, the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab partnered with Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI-Paris) in July 2019 to run a 14-Day long SDG S.T.E.A.M. School where we helped over 50 students from across the world to collaborate and problem solve around SDGs. We also are a proud sponsor of National Academy of Engineers’s Global Grand Challenges, and the Grand Challenge for Scholars Program that are closely aligned with SDG and is run by US, UK and China Academy of Engineering.
William Gibson said, ‘The future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed’. We, at Dassault Systèmes, are trying to turn this around and make a better future accessible to all!

Mr Abhishek BALI, VACHER Frederic Dassault Systèmes, United States,
10:18 - 6 min 40 sec - Smart Campus Incubator Platform : ED TECH FOR GOOD AND SMART FINANCE
The SmartCampus application est conçue pour faire face aux défis du changement climatique et de l’augmentation d’échelle de projets de développement durable, rassemblant des parties-prenantes essentielles de l’écosystème mondial telles que les Nations Unies et ses agences multilatérales, des établissements d’enseignement supérieur, des entreprises et institutions financières privées ayant une approche investissement à impact au sein de la communauté mondiale de la connaissance numérique. SmartCampus est une solution Ed Tech révolutionnaire, résultant de recherches en systèmes complexes traduites en une application ergonomique avec une interface de navigation simple: une application « guichet unique » pour permettre aux étudiants et jeunes cadres de structurer des projets de développement durable pré-bancables en très peu de temps.

10:19 am - 30 minutes - Workshop : how can we drive participation and innovation in the name of SDGs, social impact with social technologies like a web platform, Wikifactory
Presenting of a social impact assessment of the maker/product innovation community on Wikifactory, as well as show of some mockups on what Wikifactory intend to do for projects on its platform to better declare/communicate/organise around the SDG goals on this platform.

  • Needs analysis: break up in groups of max 7 pers.
  • In depth examples of functionalities on Wikifactory
  • Mock-up examples of what Wikifactory team have thought of already
  • Creation of shared project to make sure Wikifactory will meet needs in the future, continuation

Mr Tim van den Bergh, Ms Christina Rebel, WikiFactory, Danemark,

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11:50 pm Drones for Sciences
The drone to help science. Many places to explore, either inaccessible or accessible at a prohibitive cost are now open to science thanks to drones.
Our participatory science tours allow participants to imagine, prototype or even develop machines and protocols in the research program service to easily collect the data they need.
After having realized in recent years a machine to carry a thermal camera for the purpose of making the detection of processionary nests during the winter and developed a glacier photogrammetry protocol in Switzerland, we plan for next year , among other things, that the participants set up a follow-up of the topography of zones allowing the initiation to the photogrammetry (taking of data and modeling) as well as a simulation of flow of water for prediction of casting / zones at risk heavy rain.

Mr Stéphane RODE, Objectif Sciences International, France,
12:00 a Citizen Science Club for providing Participatory Research dimension inside your organization
Noon break 12:30 - Group Photo at Place des Nations
Wednesday 11 dec. Afternoon, Room VII, Building A Citizen Science for Peace and SDGs
1:30 - hosting in the Room
1:50 pm - Welcoming official speech
2:00 pm Introductive Key Notes
2:05 pm Scientific trip in the Yellowstone National Park
In our presentation, we will talk about different aspects of the Yellowstone National Park. We will first present to you our fortunate sightings of bears and geysers such as the Steamboat, the tallest geyser in the world. We will also explain the constraints of the park in the scientific department that limit individual participation as well as the impacts of humans on the biodiversity and the geothermical features.

Mr Charles STCHEPINSKY, Mrs Emma PICONE, Objectif Sciences International, France,
2:15 pm A l’affût de la biodiversité en itinérance
"A l’affut de la Biodiversité" is a program of participatory research. The stay in roaming, which was established this year, seeks to obtain data about places in the valley which are still unknow by the BIODIVERSITA program. So the goal was to identify a maximum number of species while testing a new lifestyle.

Mr Leane DARRE , Objectif Sciences International, France,
2:25 pm Puces
Presentation of the stay of a participant who contributed to the production of a low-tech electronic card for scientific field measurement.

Mr Gregoire FORTIER, Objectif Sciences International, France,
2:35 pm On the traces of wolves
For the reopening of the project about the wolves, of objective science international. An explication of the potential future project for the arranging of an observation of wolves and the determination of species. I will present my personal thinking about this trip and the scientific result obtain.

Mr Marc GUEVILLE , Objectif Sciences International, France,
2:45 pm Nature au Sommet
Nature au Sommet is a program about participatory science. The main subject is the distribution of the wildlife and flora in altitude over time. Its objective is to follow the impact of climatic change on species in mountain environments. For a few years ; the trip happens, in Switzerland, val d’Anniviers.

Mr Quentin ALBRESPIC, Objectif Sciences International, France,
2:55 pm Mines Treasures
Presentation of the scientific stay "Trésor des Mines", geological stay in the Swiss Alps. I will mainly focus on my presentation on the ice, the experiences with it, and the discovery of a glacier, its study. The glacier is very interesting from a scientific point of view, which makes it possible to make the link with the climatic change. I will also talk about my personal experience, explain how it has enriched me, and finally indicate how it can be improved in the future.

Mr Adam JOSEPH , Objectif Sciences International, Poland,
3:05 pm Developing mycocycle: "how a citizen scientist will transform how we manage material waste" REMOTE ORAL PRESENTATION
what happens when you combine business need, environmental crisis and a 1000’s year old practice? you develop an emerging next-generation, disruptive technology. as a business leader i never thought i’d find myself in the position of citizen scientist to be investing time and resources into the research and development of mushrooms. after decades of working in an industry whose materials are landfilled in an unsustainable manner, it was time to consider if there was a better way to treat and remediate materials so they could be diverted from landfills globally.
mycology quickly started to emerge as a leader in bioremediation of in situ environmental issues but could the same fungal species become resilient enough to tackle the bioremediation of ex situ materials containing toxins like pah, pthalates and heavy metals? 100’s of millions of tons of asphalt based materials are landfilled annually in the united states, with an even larger amount impacting citizens globally. because asphalt and asphalt containing materials are made with carbon black products containing pah’s (a cancer causing agent), these materials are typically landfilled (closed and open) and left to degrade in 400 years or more. with issues of ground water contamination, air borne contaminants, and community growth pushing residents and landfills nearer and nearer each other, should we not consider diverting materials entirely? and the best option after remediation of materials would be to enter them back into manufacturering—becoming a feedstock. mycocycle aims to remediate the worlds most toxic materials and impact the global circular economy in the process.
a citizen scientist, working with a trained mycologist-peter mccoy, we are developing this technology. imagine if business leaders became citizen scientist and developed technology with the lense of economic impact and scalability. imagine if we invested in r&d outside of research labs that allowed us to be nimble and unincumbered? we would like to present the inspiration for the united nations to say that citizen scientists can come in all forms, at all stages in life, and with an ulitmate goal of developing disruptive technologies. we say nothing is impossible.
3:15 pm Science of the Future? – Does citizen science provide a means of monitoring water quality for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ? REMOTE ORAL PRESENTATION
Citizen science has been suggested as a cost-effective approach to routine environmental monitoring and has received significant interest from the scientific community in recent years. Citizen science may be described as research carried out by members of the public with the aim of gathering scientific information at a scale that might not be possible with professional scientists alone. Indeed, the recent availability of relatively inexpensive water quality monitoring field equipment to emerging citizen science networks suggests great potential for increased spatial coverage far beyond that of traditional, laboratory-based monitoring networks. However, despite general recognition of the potential utility of citizen science in water quality monitoring for example, challenges remain with regard to the incorporation and acceptance of citizen science as a means of producing reliable scientific data that can be used to support decision making around environmental management. This research addresses whether citizen science is a viable means of supporting the UN SDG Indicator 6.3.2 for determining whether waterbodies have good ambient water quality. The research presented examines whether field investigations conducted using citizen scientists can produce high-quality data comparable to that of professional scientists on water quality parameters associated with monitoring methods under SDG Indicator 6.3.2. To this end, the results generated by a group of 30 potential citizen scientists, sampling water quality in “at-risk” Irish water bodies, are compared to those produced in parallel by a professional scientist and professional water quality laboratory analyses. Finally, we discuss how citizen science can have a role in supporting capacity development for the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation.
Ms Lauren QUINLIVAN, Ireland, UN Environment GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre,
3:25 pm Participatory sciences and spatialized approaches: which mediations? Discovery of tools from the Territoires research unit ORAL PRESENTATION
Experienced space, landscapes and territories are dimensions at the heart of the themes or theoretical approaches of many research projects related to climate change and environmental protection. One of the difficulties this poses concerns the ability of researchers to engage with society on these spatial dimensions and to make citizens actors in the changes. We present here a number of methodological approaches and participatory science research postures that aim to overcome this pitfall. Through various examples dealing with agroecology, health risks or the management of natural areas, we will show how serious games, mental maps or a spatialized wiki allow citizens to contribute to science
Mr Sylvain DERNAT, JOHANY François, INRA, France,Territoires research unit,
03:35 pm Innovation is a game, let’s play together ! ORAL PRESENTATION
Designer’s job is to create things, and more particularly objects.

  • "Object": Anything that, animate or inanimate, affects senses. (Credits: Cnrtl)
    Digital, Experience, Device, Interactive, Physics, Space, Service Research, Method or Pedagogy are all words than they are objects, like a table or a stool. And Innovation is not limited by using new words, to make centenarians processes "cool".
    From learning to applying, we will try to present Le Club Sandwich Studio method. Or rather than, how Le Club Sandwich Studio’s process manufactures a methodology for each new challenge.
    Through various projects such as development of IoT devices for agriculture and Science, products’ manufacture that question our behaviours between us and technologies, or coaching of pluridisciplinary student groups on innovation projects, we will try to question our relationship to the world and the currently raised challenges.


3:45 pm Socioeconomic Impact of Participatory Budgeting: The case of Ukraine ORAL PRESENTATION
Participatory budgeting as a world movement is on the rise. Its core idea is that members of a local community decide where to allocate public funds. Literature assumes that it brings numerous benefits: from a higher quality of life to a more dynamic local economic activity and a better public-private partnership. In Ukraine, within 3 years, almost 120 communities have already introduced some kind of participatory budgeting, which allows to assess its impact. Therefore, the proposed research aims to identify the most contrast cases of participatory budgeting implementation and to evaluate its socioeconomic impact on local communities. The findings of this study can be used by civil society activists and authorities alike to advocate an update of the existing or a creation of new models of participatory budgeting, which have proved their high positive impact as good practices.
Mr Dmytro KHUTKYY, Ms.Kristina AVRAMCHENKO, Reanimation Package of Reforms, Ukraine,
3:55 pm Research Group of Multilateral Action SC.POORAL PRESENTATION
J’aborde le thème suivant "De la Corruption et des enjeux de Développement: Etude comparative des mécanismes institutionnels de prévention et de lutte contre la corruption en Afrique et en Europe". Mon plaidoyer va donc consister dans un premier temps à évoquer en quoi le phénomène de grande Corruption dans les Etats africains a un impact sur le Développement pour dans un second temps aborder les pistes de solution concrètes dans la prévention et la lutte contre la corruption dans le cadre des Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD).
Mr Bangaly KABA, France, Research Group of Multilateral Action SC.PO,
4:05 pm Digital Social Resilience: Navigating in the New Normal ORAL PRESENTATION
This paper seeks to expand the scope of ongoing conceptualization of social resilience in the digital era. It examines emerging trends in how groups or communities, formally or informally associated, use the digital space in the recovery stages of disruptive events. While disruptive events or collective traumas can include environmental disasters, health epidemics, security or economic crises, the focus here is placed on collective social responses to hybrid threats. Hybrid threats combine online with offline destabilizing tactics that attack targets’ virtual or physical infrastructure, exploit psychological manipulation, political subversion and social polarization in order to expose the targets’ vulnerabilities. The paper posits that the amorphous online character of hybrid threats solicits new types of protective formal and informal social responses, hence enhanced digital social resilience. Yet a conclusive concept of what digital social resilience means and how it manifests is still lacking. Following a rigorous review of literature and relevant case studies, findings in the paper identify three behavioral tendencies in how communities already use digital spaces and tools to respond to contemporary hybrid threats: i) collective mobilization, crowdsourcing and toolmaking, ii) emotive solidarity, and iii) restoration of morality quests. The paper then postulates that these observed forms of collective online behavior characterize and define emerging signs of social resilience to hybrid threats in the contemporary online environment. Moreover, as rapid innovation, pervasive use of ICT and hybrid forms of threats are likely to remain in our realities in the near future, understanding and harnessing useful takeaways from these potentially socially resilient practices is essential for future policy making and for our preparedness to mitigate against future threats inflicted in online contexts.

Ms Jordanka TOMKOVA, INNOVABRIDGE Foundation, Switzerland,
4:15 pm Citizen Science Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals ORAL PRESENTATION
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 goals and 169 targets, constitutes an action plan to address the global challenges facing humanity. Achieving these Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires accurate, up-to-date and timely data to track progress and make informed decisions. Even though rapid development of digital technologies provide a unique opportunity for data availability and use, major challenges still exist to improve the amount, timeliness, coverage and reliability of data. For example, we lack data for the 68% of the environmental SDG indicators (UN Environment, 2019). Citizen science, as a new data source, can contribute to SDG progress by complementing traditional sources of data, along with other non-traditional methods, and enable active citizen involvement in the SDG process.
This talk outlines the results of a research study on the contribution of citizen science to SDG monitoring undertaken by the “WeObserve Citizen Observatories and SDGs Community of Practice (SDGs CoP)” funded by the European Commission. The SDGs CoP brings together citizen science practitioners, researchers and representatives of UN custodian agencies, broader data communities and other key actors in the field to develop an understanding about how to demonstrate the value of citizen science for SDG achievement. The talk will also draw on examples of citizen science initiatives that are already contributing or could contribute to the SDG progress and provide recommendations for design and actions to achieve the SDGs.
Ms Dilek FRAISL, SEE Linda, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); CAMPBELL Jillian, UN Environment; FRITZ Steffen, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); WEHN Uta, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education; WARDLAW Jessica, Natural History Museum UK (NHM); GOLD Margaret, European Citizen Science Association (ECSA); MOORTHY Inian, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); PIERA Jaume, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC); ARIAS Rosa, Ibercivis Foundation; OLIVER Jessica L., Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA); MASO Joan, The Centre for Research on Ecology and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Austria, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA),
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6:10 pm - Closing key-notes

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Research and Development of Assistance Systems for and with People with Disabilities within a FabLab ORAL PRESENTATION
How to involve citizens and social actors in research and innovation? How to use FabLabs as Hands-On Experimental Environments for Applied Sciences? The following presentation describes an educational concept which interlinks research and development, active participation of the citizen through development of assistance systems for and with people with disabilities and a FabLab as manufacturing site. On the basis of outcomes the aspects of innovation potential will be examined more detailed. The situation and activation of the participating citizens will be discussed.

Ms Aleksandra KONOPEK, SCHÄFER Michael, HBK University of Arts Essen, University of Apllied Science Ruhr West (HRW), Germany
LogAir: Citizen mapping of air quality with open hardware
LogAir is a citizen project that aims to help people understand air pollution, learn how to limit their exposure, and motivate evidence-based policy-making. We distribute open-hardware air quality mapping devices and personalized advices built on citizen-sourced data. In parallel, we organize workshops open to all to learn how to assemble, use and analyze the data produced by our devices.

Mr Emmanuel KELLNER, Ms ARANCIO Julieta ACME, UNIGE :: ACME :: LogAir , Switzerland , http://www.
short présentation of the SDG Solution Space : an open and creative space dedicated to SDGs
The SDG Solution Space is an open, creative space, created by the University of Geneva and the Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative. Students, researchers, humanitarian workers and UN experts gather together in the space to bring concrete solutions to sustainable development challenges.
then I will introduce LogAir : one of the project developped at SDG Solution Space

Mr Jean-Marie DURNEY, SDG Solution Space, Switzerland,

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Accelerate positive social transformations for a democratic, prosperous, inclusive and peaceful Africa by working with young people ORAL PRESENTATION
Young people make up more than 65% of the African population. Issues affecting the humanitarian situation and the level of socio-economic development of the continent. The exceptional sociodemographic dynamic that characterizes the continent is frightening to some and hopes to be able, thanks to its youth, to end up with an unprecedented opportunity. In any case, it is undeniably called to the reflection and involvement of young people themselves. Today, the role of young people in promoting democracy, peace and security remains a major part of the African and global agenda.
The challenges of achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063 are particularly challenging for Africa, the only developing region where the Millennium Development Goal is to be achieved. (ODM) of halving poverty between 1990 and 2014 has not been achieved. This exacerbates violence, political instability, gender inequality, severe climate change, conflict and crisis. Therefore, if Africa is to achieve the 2030 and 2063 goals, it is essential to understand and promote the rights of young people, especially young women, in development processes. Involving young people and meeting the expectations of a more just, human rights-based society requires a better understanding of the needs, interests, challenges, potential and diversity of young women and men. In addition, it is important to recognize the crucial role of young people as beneficiaries and practitioners in the promotion and protection of human rights, particularly in the context of the peacebuilding process in fragile states. and post-conflict countries.
As a result, the need to promote the right of young men and women to participate directly and indirectly in political life and public life more generally, their empowerment and the awareness necessary for their qualitative involvement in the process. societal transformation are important to eliminate marginalization and discrimination. Rights of participation and representation are inextricably linked to other human rights, such as the rights to freedom of expression and opinion

Mr Leopold Sedar DIOUF, Student, Sénégal

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