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Save the Date: International Conference NECE 2020 Berlin

Thursday 5 November 2020 - Sunday 8 November 2020
Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb

Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb

On the occasion of the German EU presidency, NECE (Networking European Citizenship Education) – the European platform for citizenship education ( –  will hold the 2020 edition of its annual NECE conference on the 5th to the 8th of November in Berlin, Germany. The focus will be the topic of citizenship education and sustainability in times of fundamental change.

Climate change as a symptom of the ecological crisis, the digital revolution and globalisation are shaping people’s living conditions. They reinforce each other and have the potential to trigger political, economic and social upheavals. In the face of a world ‘out of joints’, many people lose confidence in the values of democracy and in the ability of the state to shape the future. Citizenship education as a pluralistic offer for fair debates, diversity of perspectives, further education and an invitation to participate is more in demand than ever in a time when it is necessary to reconcile emotions with facts.

NECE 2020 will focus on the central role of citizenship education in dealing with the coming changes. Core topics will be the problems of man-made climate change, the transformation to a sustainable economic and growth model (including the European Green Deal) and the possibilities and limits of digital technology. Interactive platforms for ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Action’ will offer ideas and best practice, practical offers and formats for participation. Open and participatory spaces invite to network with experts, civil society actors and policy makers from Europe, the MENA region and Africa. Well-known European and global voices will critically reflect on climate debates and address topics such as ‘climate justice’ and ‘just transition’.

ProDemos is one of the organising partners of NECE. We are actively involved in the preparations and execution of this conference and its workshops. This conference is also very interesting for teachers.

Practical information

Where: Berlin Congress Center (Alexanderstr. 11, 10178 Berlin, Germany)
When: November 5-8 2020
Costs: The participation is free of charge. Early travel and hotel bookings are recommended.
Young adults with projects and visions for a sustainable and climate-neutral Europe can apply for a travel allowance to cover their participation costs.

More information, the programme and online registration will be available at the end of April at &

Please also follow NECE on Twitter and check out the NECE Facebook page to stay up-to-date with all relevant information on NECE and the NECE conference and to meet other participants.

NECE 2020 is a collaboration of the NECE Partners: Federal Agency of Civic Education (Germany), ProDemos – House of democracy and the rule of law (The Netherlands), Zentrum fir politesch Bildung (Luxembourg), the BELvue museum (Belgium), the Federal Ministry of Education (Austria), the CEO – Center for Civic Education (Poland), the Centrum Občanského Vzdělávání – Civic Education Centre (Czech Republic), the University of Ljubljana – Faculty of Social Sciences (Slovenia) and Vote & Vous (France).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conference management via email: