Citizen Science Supporting Sustainable Development Goals

Citizen Science Supporting Sustainable Development Goals: The possible role of libraries

Citizen Science is emerging as a new platform for collaboration between researchers and the public. The numbers of citizens that engage in Citizen Science have increased dramatically, thousands of Citizen Science projects are available online, funding agencies are supporting the field and libraries at both local and national level could serve as an important gateway.

Citizen Science in libraries can also be seen in the perspective of the attainment of the UN Agenda 2030. SDG policies and Indicators are applied with a view to raising the library profile and the nature of their advocacy.

Organising parties: LIBER’s Citizen Science Working Group & EBLIDA


This session examines the role libraries could play in the future. It aims for participants to get applicable takeaways by addressing:

  • Strategy
  • Services
  • Single Point of Contact
  • SDG’s – ideas how to
  • Evaluation

An important outcome is to create awareness about Citizen Science, UN SDG’s and how university and public libraries can advocate at local and national level.

Arranged and facilitated by the LIBER Work Group on Citizen Science and EBLIDA experts, this session builds on the work and recommendations of e.g. SciStarter, the DEFF-project in Denmark, and the LIBER Open Science Roadmap in order for participants to achieve results in a collaborative setting. Participants will resort to tools made available by the EBLIDA Matrix to pursue autonomous Citizen Science projects, which are SDG-oriented (in particular, Goals 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15).

With contributions by:

Guiseppe Vitiello, Director Eblida

Thomas Kaarsted, University Library of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Anne Kathrine Overgaard, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.

Tiberius Ignat, Director, Scientific Knowledge Services

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