Newsletter #6 – Spring 2019

 

 

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Dear reader,

Welcome to the sixth issue of our Scent newsletter, we are excited to share with you all our updates since the last edition. 

Since our pilots launched in August we have organised five pilot campaigns in the Danube Delta, Romania and Attica, Greece. We are delighted to already share with you some of the results from these first campaigns. Scroll down for details, as well as for information on how you can get involved in our upcoming campaigns.  

Scent has also launched two major events which you can take part in. The Scent Showcase will take place on 20 and 21 June 2019 in Athens, Greece. This will be an opportunity for you to experience the Scent Toolbox and to try it on during a field campaign in the Kifisos river basin. If you are a developer you may be interested in taking part in the Scent Appathon – a fun competition to develop a new app to promote environmental monitoring. We are organising two webinars on 13 and 23 March to answer any questions you may have about the Appathon. You can read more about these events and how to register below.

The Scent newsletter delivers regular updates on project progress, key developments, relevant events and ways to get involved, straight to your inbox. Remember to check out our website, follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube channel and connect with us on our new LinkedIn page.

Scent is a three-year project funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and remember to join the Scent movement!

The Scent team
 

 

The piloting of the Scent Toolbox is well and truly underway and we are excited to share with you some of the results from our first campaigns in Attica, Greece and the Danube Delta, Romania. More than 10,000 pieces of valuable environmental data were collected by 261 Scent volunteers during four pilot campaigns in 2018. The volunteer ‘citizen scientists’ were among the first to play the new Scent Explore and Scent Measure gaming apps and used them to collect valuable information concerning river parameters, soil moisture, air temperature and land use/land cover. 

The citizen scientists were guided around the pilot areas by the Scent team, and used the apps to capture hidden Scent creatures by taking photos or collecting important information when prompted. The data collected is extremely valuable to the Scent scientists as it helps to create more accurate models for the prevention and management of floods. You can check out our new infographic below with statistics from our 2018 campaigns.

Scent already held its first campaign of 2019, in Attica in February. You can keep up to date with our upcoming pilot campaigns for 2019 and learn how to join by visiting scent-project.eu/scent-pilot-campaigns. 

 

 

Save the date for the Scent Showcase!

We are proud to announce that the Scent project will be hosting the Scent Showcase on 20 – 21 June 2019, in Athens, Greece. This is your opportunity to experience the Scent Toolbox and the wonderful new applications developed by the project for environmental monitoring and flood management and prevention. 

During the Scent Showcase, you will be able to take part in exhibitions, presentations and demonstrations. You will also have the chance to put the applications to the test in a field campaign at the Kifisos river basin. 

On display will be fun, new gaming apps, and state-of-the-art data management and analysis tools for environmental mapping. 

Registrations will be opening soon. For now save the date, and share our poster with your friends and colleagues.

 

Scent is looking for developers to take part in the newly launched Scent Appathon – a competition to build the best app to train citizen scientists in environmental monitoring. The challenge is to create a new smartphone app that will teach citizens how to better use Scent Explore when taking videos of water velocity. 

Participants are asked to submit their ideas for an app that will allow users to practice their video technique and provide them with feedback and pointers on how they can improve. 

The winning app will be included as part of the new Scent Toolbox where it will receive international promotion and be tested during our Romanian and Greek pilot campaigns. In addition, the winner will be invited to present and demo their app at our Scent Showcase in Athens on 20 and 21 June. 

To participate, all you need to do is send a short description of your idea to appathon@scent-project.eu by 29 March 2019. 

You can find out more information about our Appathon by visiting scent-project.eu/appathon or taking part in one of our upcoming webinars at 11am CET on 13 and 23 March. 


 

Have you checked out our new animation about the Scent project?

The animation is a short two minute video which introduces the project, its aims and results. In particular, the animation shows how anybody can become a citizen scientist by joining the Scent movement and helping to collect valuable environmental data using the Scent Toolbox. You can now watch the animation here, and check out versions with Greek subtitles here, and Romanian subtitles here

Are you interested in finding out more about the different aspects of Scent and the results and achievements?

You can now access project deliverables through the Scent website. You will be able to download full-text versions of public deliverables and executive summaries of confidential deliverables here:   
https://scent-project.eu/project-deliverables

Upcoming Events


CSA Conference
Citizen Science Conference
13-17 March 2019
Raleigh, United States


ECSA General Assembly 
European Citizen Science Association General Assembly
02 April 2019
Brussels, Belgium


Scent Showcase
Scent Showcase
20-21 June 2019
Athens, Greece


 


 

Horizon 2020 projects on citizen science

Interested in H2020 projects on citizens’ observatories? Have a look at what our fellow H2020 citizens’ observatories projects GROW, LandSense and GT2.0 are up to.
 

GROW Observatory

LandSense

GroundTruth 2.0

 

Scent partners

 

 

Newsletter #5 – Summer 2018


 

 

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Dear reader,

Welcome to the fifth issue of our Scent newsletter. We hope you have had a wonderful summer.

We are delighted to announce that our pilot campaigns have started! The first campaigns took place in the Danube Delta 12-20 August and in Athens 15-16 September. This edition of the newsletter will cover some of the highlights from our first campaign in the Danube Delta and our next newsletter will report on our Athens campaign and our remaining campaigns for 2018.  The next Scent campaign will be held in Athens 9-11 November 2018, and you can get involved! Scroll down for details on how, when and where.

Plenty of progress has been made across a range of project activities since we issued the last newsletter. In this issue, we cover only pilot campaign news, but also updates on the Scent toolbox, the work we are doing together with other citizens’ observatories, our bespoke education programme and other dissemination updates.

The Scent newsletter delivers regular updates on project progress, key developments, relevant events and ways to get involved, straight to your inbox. It is published four times per year, once every season. Remember to check out our website, follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube channel and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Scent is a three-year project funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and remember to join the Scent movement!

The Scent team

Between 12 and 20 August, Scent partner the Romania Ornithological Society organised Scent’s first campaign in the Danube Delta in Romania. Thaine Herman Assumpcao from Scent partner IHE Delft Institute for Water Education gives her impression of the pilot campaign:

“The first Danube Delta pilot campaign has passed and it was amazing. Every year Scent partner SOR organises an expedition in the Danuve Delta and this year the expedition included testing the Scent Explore app. On 12 August, around 100 participants arrived from all over the country at the campsite, near Lake Fortuna (Some travelled about 14 hours!). There they received camp instructions, a quick introduction to the Scent project and settled down for the beautiful days to come.

As the first campaign was focused on land cover, every day a group of 10-20 participants was taught how to play the game, by capturing virtual animals and tagging the land cover of the picture taken in the process. The participants navigated the Danube Delta for about five hours, exploring its small and big canals, forested and reed areas, hidden lakes, and, of course, spotting some birds! Although sandwiches were provided for the trip participants were also received in the camp with a  delicious soup.

The next step was to charge the phones and upload the many pictures taken (in total, close to 4,000!), to then join many of the other activities in the camp, such as painting, learning about reptiles, etc. The nights were always animated with music and singing by a campfire.

On 19 August, everybody left camp tired, but resistant to leave such a beautiful place!”

Look out for our next newsletter where you can read all about our Athens campaigns. If you are interested in joining a campaign or finding out more, visit scent-project.eu/scent-pilot-campaigns

We are proud to present the Scent Toolbox!

The Scent team has developed a toolbox consisting of a set of smart collaborative technologies designed to involve citizens in environmental monitoring. The toolbox allows for dynamic and accurate monitoring of changes in land cover and land use. We can use the collection of Scent tools to gather data on changes in our landscapes, which in turn will allow for improved mapping of the environment to help prevent flooding and other natural disasters in the future.

The toolbox includes public-facing data collection applications, an innovative crowdsourcing platform, a serious gaming application, a powerful intelligence engine for image and text classification, an authoring tool that allows policy makers to create and manage data collection campaigns, flood models that facilitate the measuring of flood risks, and a harmonisation platform that consolidates the collected data and enables it to be shared with national and global open-access databases.

Read more about each component of the Scent toolbox here: https://scent-project.eu/scent-toolbox

We have developed a Scent education programme!

The programme has been designed to introduce 11–12-year-old school students to the importance of environmental monitoring. The programme focuses on the significant role that each individual student plays in making a difference to the environment.

The programme engages students in local, national and international environmental issues and equips them with the necessary skills to observe, monitor and take action in their own environments. Through participation in the programme, students become active citizen scientists in their own environment.

The developed material is compatible with current curricula and can be implemented seamlessly in schools. The series of lessons can easily be incorporated into the science and geography teaching. The programme is designed to provide meaningful opportunities for cross-curriculum integration at the same time as meeting the learning objectives and developing required skills across subject areas.

You can access all the educational resources here: https://scent-project.eu/learn-with-scent

Are you interested in finding out more about the different aspects of Scent and the results and achievements?

You can now access project deliverables through the Scent website. You will be able to download full-text versions of public deliverables and executive summaries of confidential deliverables here:  
https://scent-project.eu/project-deliverables

Scent works closely with the other citizens’ observatories (COs) projects funded under the EU’s H2020 programme to find synergies and bring together results that can be disseminated together. Together with the COs LandSense, Ground Truth 2.0, GROW and the coordination and support project WeObserve we share our dissemination expertise, work together towards a common goal, build on each other’s ideas and constantly learn something new.

We take part in the Common Dissemination Booster, a service managed by the European Commission that encourages projects to come together as groups to identify a common portfolio of results advises on how best to disseminate to end-users, with an eye on exploitation opportunities.

Each CO aims to demonstrate the significant potential of an active citizen observatory and validate this concept under real life conditions. The focus of these innovative activities is on enhancing the management of our natural resources, especially land cover and land use issues, through more collaborative approaches.

Upcoming Events


GEO WEEK 2018
Group on Earth Observations organising GEO Week 2018 and the GEO-XV Plenary
29 October to 2 November 2018
Kyoto, Japan


Scent Danube Delta Pilot Campaign
Scent Measurement Campaign
02-04 November 2018
Tulcea, Romania


Scent Kifisos Pilot Campaign
River Data Collection Campaign
09-11, 17-18 November 2018
Athens, Greece


COWM2018

Citizen Observatories for natural hazards and water management
27-30 November 2018
Venice, Italy


Horizon 2020 projects on citizen science

Interested in H2020 projects on citizens’ observatories? Have a look at what our fellow H2020 citizens’ observatories projects GROW, LandSense and GT2.0 are up to.

GROW Observatory

LandSense

GroundTruth 2.0

Scent partners

Scent Twitter

Scent website

Scent YouTube

https://www.facebook.com/ScentEU/

getinvolved@scent-project.eu

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13575337

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