House for Democracy and the Rule of Law

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

The NECE Conference 2020 is a hybrid event taking place both in Berlin and online:

Reconnecting in a post pandemic world

Citizenship education for democracy and sustainability

5 – 7 November 2020, in Berlin & online
And/or check out the online activities of NECE Campus 2020 in October

The number of slots for live participation at the live event is limited, but you can also participate digitally. All plenary sessions will be livestreamed and there is a range of online activities. For both on- and offline participation registration is mandatory.


The conference will highlight the necessity of citizenship education in a world of pandemic and ecological risk and the idea of citizenship education as a public good in the future restart of the European Union. Maja Göpel, author of the bestseller ‘Rethinking Our World’ and director of The New Institute, will open the conference with a keynote on Rethinking our World – Reconciling Climate Change & Democracy.

The COVID 19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of many people in an unprecedented way. Inequalities and injustices have been  exacerbated. Democratic commitment and civic competences of the citizens to understand, learn, deal with uncertainty and adapt behaviours to protect each other have become more important than ever.

The pandemic ought to mark a watershed moment for citizenship education in Europe. Citizenship education fosters the capacities and dispositions of the population to participate in democracy. Citizenship education should therefore be at the top of political priorities, not only in order to deal better with a risky world, but fundamentally because the education a society delivers to itself, is an image of the world and society it wants to create.

A great diversity of European and international stakeholders, networks, experts and practitioners will be present at the conference – both as participants in Berlin and online. Feel free to network with experts, civil society actors and policy makers from Europe, the MENA region and Africa.

For more information, see or contact the conference management via

NECE Campus 2020

In October you can attend a range of workshops and presentations of NECE Campus 2020. Subjects include: digitalizing citizenship education, the future of Europe and the meaning of EU Citizenship, sustainability, teaching global issues in the classroom, teaching history and human rights through e-learning, etc.


Practical information


Where: Online and in the Berlin Congress Center
When: November 5-7 2020 (and October, for NECE Campus)
Costs: Participation is free of charge. Registration mandatory.

For details of the programme and online registration, see: &

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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).