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Conference on Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals

3rd CSDS Conference

The third Conference on Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals is taking place on the 26th and 27th of January and focusses on SDG4: inclusive education for all. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the conference will largely be held online (and live-streamed!). The Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) of the University of Amsterdam cordially invites you to the conference. Registration is free of charge.

The Conference on Critical Perspectives on Governance by Sustainable Development Goals is a biannual event organised by the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) of the University of Amsterdam. The third edition was initially scheduled for June 2020, but was postponed due to the Corona outbreak. It will now take place online, on the 26th and 27th of January 2021.

The focus of the conference will be SDG4: “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” It aims to mobilize scholars young and old, policy makers, and civil society to share perspectives on the various roles education can play in relation to inclusive development.

During this conference, you will have the opportunity to assess the relevance of the goal, and its related targets and indicators, as well as develop a better understanding of the toolbox that is used to further its achievement.

More information about the program, different forms of participation and registration can be found below. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

  • Programme

    The conference programme contains three plenary session and 30 panel sessions. The panel sessions emerge in a variety of formats – presentations, roundtables, panels and workshop – and are organised in five overarching conference themes:

    1. Education, emergencies and protracted crisis
    2. Education for sustainable development
    3. Decolonizing education
    4. Inclusive education pedagogies
    5. Inclusive learning spaces

    Would you like to join a specific session? You are welcome at our online conference platform to register yourself for the conference and add sessions of your interest to your personal calendar!

  • Scientific video pitch competition

    Open to

    BA/BSc, MA/MSc and PhD students

    Did you just finalize your thesis and come up with some amazing findings? Or do you have an interesting argument to make about sustainability, education or the SDGs? And does your research/idea deserve a broader audience than your supervisor, peers and parents? If so, then participate in our video pitch competition and let the world know about your research. The winners’ pitches will be displayed on the CSDS website and the website of SDG Nederland.

    We hope to see your video-pitch at the conference!


    1. Entrants can be teams or individuals. They will be judged in the category of its senior-most member; any prize awarded will be split across the team. 
    2. The video pitch must include the following information: entrant name (all names, if a team) and entrant education level (e.g. BSc; MA; PhD; researcher).
    3. The video pitch must in some way engage with an SDG on education, sustainability and/or inclusive development.
    4. The video pitch must not cram too much information (maximum 5 minutes). It must have a clear research question, brief method, clear analysis and results. It should speak to the audience. Use images and infographics of appropriate resolution. Make sure the visuals and infographics tell a story on their own.
    5. The video pitch should be full HD (1920x1080), 30 frames per second. Most of smartphones have this capability.
    6. The video pitch should be horizontally shot - NO vertical videos will be accepted.
    7. Deadline for pitch submission is the 20th of  January 2021. Please send the pitch to Gabriela Cuadrado Quesada (

    Video Pitch Presentation 

    The pitch will be displayed on the online conference platform during the conference. The best pitches will also be published on the CSDS website and the website of SDG Nederland. All participants receive a certificate for participation!

    Video Pitch Judging 

    The video pitch will be judged by a jury that will see them at different points in time during the conference. The judges will consider each pitch’s relevance to the topic, the quality of the pitch and the way in which the presenter discusses the topic.


    The winning will be announced at the end of the closing plenary on 27 January and, depending on the number of posters submitted, we expect to have different categories of prizes. If you have any questions, please contact Gabriela Cuadrado Quesada.

    Tips on how to record a good video pitch message with your smart phone

    Most of us have a smartphone that can record videos in Full HD. If you have to record yourself, there are several things to take into account before you start:

    1. Shoot HORIZONTAL! Please, do not make vertical videos, rotate your phone first.
    2. SOUND is very important. Choose a place which is quiet, without much echo or outside noise. The in-built microphone is not the best option, however, if you don’t have an external mike to connect to your phone, you have to use the in-built one. Stay close to the mike when recording yourself. If you are willing to invest into buying external mike, check out this site:
    3. STABILIZE your phone. If you have a tripod or a holder of any kind, please use it. Dont' have tripod? Make one yourself with these tips.
    4. LIGHT –if you are filming a message of yourself, please choose a place which is well lit. The light needs to fall on you, not on camera lens. The better the light, the better the quality of the video. In dark places, the video gets very grainy, which doesn’t look good.
    5. CAMERA – please go to settings and choose to shoot in 1080p HD at 30 frames per second, whenever possible. 1 minute of video will be 60 MB. Many smartphones have two cameras, front and back. Use BACK camera, not the front one which is usually used to make selfies. The back cameras have better specifications, better resolution and dynamic range than the front ones.
    6. CAMERA POSITION – when recording your video message, the camera should be at the eye level. Do not place it too high or too low. For the best results, it’s recommended to sit on a chair, at your desk, placing a phone in front of you, at your eye level, horizontally. Make sure your background is neutral, and that there is nothing in the shot you don’t want people to see.
  • Panel sessions

    Panel sessions at the conference are organised by scholars and development professionals from a variety of institutes based in different parts of the world. Sessions are interactive and allow for engagement with the SDGs and the complex relationship between education and development. We encourage sessions coordinators to discuss the impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic on education and the SDG4 goal.

    We are no longer accepting submissions for sessions. 

    For questions and information about the panel session, please contact Roxana Dumitrescu.