Young Citizens Conferences YCC

What is YCC?

MILSET Young Citizens Conferences (YCC) are dedicated to the views and concerns of youth regarding the social impact of science and technology on the modern world, gathering their voices from every part of the globe and encouraging them to actively enter the discussion.

The exponential growth of new technologies and scientific knowledge has generated new and exciting possibilities; however, this has also raised new ethical, social and ecological issues. We believe that the open-mindedness of young scientists combined with their sense of social responsibility can yield important contributions to the dialogue.

The primary goals of these conferences are achieved through a three-step methodology: Concerns, Discussion and Actions.

Throughout the year, local, regional and national youth STEAM organisations around the world are invited to organise YCCs on the topic to encourage youth to discuss their thoughts and propose suggestions based on their knowledge and experience. Conferences follow the three-step methodology: Concerns, Discussion and Actions.

 

YCC goals

  • Create a space where youth can express their views on the topic;
  • Engage youth in discussion and debate concerning their future;
  • Enable youth to discover their personal responsibilities;
  • Encourage youth to express their concerns about the topic through participation in an open global discussion;
  • Present the voice of youth through short video presentations which will be posted on the MILSET website and other internet platforms.

 

How to organise them?

NGO’s, universities, schools, or any group of youth can organise a YCC and then submit their conclusions to ycc@milset.org.

MILSET defines youth as people between 13 and 25 years of age. 

We advise you to follow the YCC methodology: Concerns, Discussion, and Actions to integrate the results with others from around the world. Furthermore, it is important to follow carefully the instructions for submitting results for your contribution to be accepted.

 

What are the requirements?

To keep the conference discussions as efficient and fruitful as possible we encourage you to follow this three-part methodology:

  • Concerns: Introduce participants to the issue. Start by asking them thought-provoking questions about the topic and their recent related observations and experiences. What changes have they noticed? Which changes are having the greatest impact on society? What could be the social consequences of those changes in the near future? Participants can be also shown short videos on the topic, or guest speakers can present various opinions.
  • Discussion: In small groups, participants discuss ideas, issues and concerns related to the topic from the first part of the conference or from their own experience. Encourage them to identify possible future benefits and risks for each concern.
  • Actions: Participants explore and list possible actions to solve or reduce the concerns they identified. What should be done to reduce the risks and apply the benefits in the best possible way? Who should be responsible for accomplishing these actions? What can participants do to have an impact – at home, at school, in their community, and in the world? How should we behave in our everyday life? As teams, participants prepare short presentations or videos to communicate the results of their discussion and their recommendations. 

 

Let´s share your ideas with the world!

As a YCC organizer sum-up the results of the discussion and fill in the report form.

Make short  videos  of participants during the activity, and send the best one to ycc@milset.org which will be  posted on the MILSET website and MILSET Facebook.

For more details download YCC presentation.

Topics

YCC on Climate

The Youth Citizens Conferences on Climate (former Youth Climate Conferences) is the first world event dedicated to visualise the views and concerns of youth on climate change. We are an alliance of young professionals, dedicated to create opportunities for the global youth to have an substantial impact on their own future. 

The activity was coordinated by MILSET and the Danish Youth Association of Science (UNF).

In the end of 2009, world leaders discussed a new treaty to protect our climate at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen (COP15).

As the youngsters of this world, and the future of this planet, it is up to you to make sure that your opinions and concerns are taken care of - And we provide you with various opportunities to do so!

From August 2008 to August 2010 various climate related activities for youngsters took place. The activities included a worldwide series of youth conferences and workshops, an online campaign, and various happenings and events organised by our global partners and regrouped 17.000 participants.

 

Objectives

  • Be engaged in the climate debate that concerns our future
  • Take part in the debate and discover our own personal responsibilities
  • Discuss climate related concerns and express them in unison through various activities
  • Prepare a statement to be presented in connection with the official UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, scheduled for December 2009 as well as the following ones

YCC on Chemestry

The Young Citizens Conferences on Chemestry are dedicated to express the views and concerns of youth regarding their concerns on water usage, accessibility and others by gathering their voices from every part of the globe encouraging them to enter actively the debate.

YCC on Water

The Young Citizens Conferences on Water are dedicated to express the views and concerns of youth regarding their concerns on water usage, accessibility and others by gathering their voices from every part of the globe encouraging them to enter actively the debate.
We are confident that the open-mindedness of young people combined with a scientific approach will yield important contributions. Our primary goals will be reached through a series of activities following a 3 step methodology: "Observations, Causes and Actions".

The topic has been chosen following the decision of UN to defined 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation and stressing on the key role of this primary resource in everyone life. 

 

Objectives

  • Set a space where us youth can express our concern on water;
  • Be engaged in the debate that concerns our future;
  • Discover our own personal responsibilities;
  • Express our concerns on water through various activities;
  • Present the final result through a statement which can be forwarded to head of states. 

YCC on Farming

The Young Citizens Conferences on Farming are dedicated to express the views and concerns of youth regarding their concerns on farming situation, evolution and others by gathering their voices from every part of the globe encouraging them to enter actively the debate.
We are confident that the open-mindedness of young people combined with a scientific approach will yield important contributions. Our primary goals will be reached through a series of activities following a 3 step methodology: "Observations, Causes and Actions".

The topic has been chosen following the decision of UN to defined 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming and stressing on the key role of this primary resource in everyone life. 

 

Objectives

  • Set a space where us youth can express our concern on farming;
  • Be engaged in the debate that concerns our future;
  • Discover our own personal responsibilities;
  • Express our concerns on farming through various activities;
  • Present the final result through a statement which can be forwarded to head of states. 

YCC on Energy

The Young Citizens Conferences on Energy  are dedicated to express the views and concerns of youth regarding their concerns on energy situation, evolution and others by gathering their voices from every part of the globe encouraging them to enter actively the debate.

We are confident that the open-mindedness of young peoplecombined with a scientific approach will yield important contributions. Our primary goals will be reached through a series of activities following a 3 step methodology: “Observations, Causes and Actions”.

The topic has been chosen following the decision of UN to defined 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies and stressing on the key role of this primary resource in everyone life.

 

Objectives

  • Set a space where us youth can express our concern on energy;
  • Be engaged in the debate that concerns our future;
  • Discover our own personal responsibilities;
  • Express our concerns on energy through various activities;
  • Present the final result through a statement which can be forwarded to head of states. 

The Young Citizens Conferences on Science Learning by MILSET are dedicated to express the views and ideas of youth regarding their concerns on science learning, science education and accessibility, science means of communication and others by gathering their voices from every part of the globe encouraging them to enter actively the debate.

We are confident that the open-mindedness of young people combined with a scientific approach will yield important contributions. Our primary goals will be reached through a series of activities following a 3 step methodology:

  • Observations
  •  Causes
  •  Actions”.

YCC on Artificial Intelligence

Robots and intelligent systems are being introduced everywhere. They work in our factories, play with our children and help run our houses. You no longer need a human assistant to check in for your flight or to translate your text into another language. Robots can already do many things, but how about tomorrow? In the future, will we find ourselves surrounded by robots doing everything? If so, what will WE – humans – do then? 

Here are some questions we invite you to think about. There are many more that you can propose for discussion:

  • Can robots replace people; can artificial intelligence replace human intelligence? And if so, should we give robots the same rights as humans, or should they always be our obedient servants?
  • What human jobs will disappear with the development of artificial intelligence? What jobs will remain and what new jobs will be created?
  • Who bears the responsibility for errors in artificial intelligence algorithms that result in harm or death?

 

Let´s share your ideas with the world!

As a YCC organiser sum-up the results of the discussion and fill in the report form

Make short  videos  of participants during the activity, and send the best one to ycc@milset.org which will be  posted on the MILSET website and MILSET Facebook.

If you are going to send a video please consider the following information:

  • The Video Format should be MP4 from 24 to 29fps
  • The resolution should be 1080 x 1080 px
  • It must be short and include the topic or subtopic, the discussion and the actions to be taken