Watch the New Scent Animation

You can now watch a new animated video about the Scent project.  Read more

Press Release: New Environmental Applications Helping Prevent Floods are Tested in Attica Region, Greece by Citizen

• Scientists from the EU-funded Scent research project have developed two new gaming apps, Scent Explore and Scent Measure, to monitor changes in the environment in flood-prone regions.

• Scent Explore enables citizens to monitor river parameters, such as water level and velocity, and Scent Measure measures soil moisture and air temperature – helping to improve the accuracy of land use/land cover maps and flood models.

• Scent is looking for volunteers to test the new apps in the flood-prone region of Attica, Greece between 15 and 18 November 2018.

• Become a ‘citizen scientist’, visit the beautiful areas near the Kifissos river and make your contribution towards the protection of the local environment by taking part in the pilot testing of the Scent project. Register here. Read more

Scent and Citizen Observatories

Scent is part of a growing citizen science movement to address critical environmental challenges and to provide citizen-centered solutions. Read more

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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Scent Scientists Develop a New Game to Enable Citizens Monitor the Environment

  

  • Scientists across Europe have developed a new augmented reality game called ‘Scent Explore’ to enable and encourage citizens to monitor their local environments
  • It’s one of four new Apps developed by the Scent Project to improve the accuracy of existing flood risk maps by more than 15%
  • Scent is a European Union research project funded under the Horizon 2020 programme

Scientists across Europe have developed a new augmented reality game to enable and encourage citizens to monitor their local environments. Read more

Newsletter #4 – Spring 2018

Newsletter #4

Spring 2018

Scent mid-term review meeting in Brussels

Looking back, looking ahead

On Thursday 17th May 2018 the Scent consortium, the European Commission Project Officer and the external reviewer gathered for the project’s mid-term review meeting in the heart of the EU. The Scent project team presented the work conducted in the first 18 months and outlined the next steps and plans for future activities. Read more

Scent at Nordic Game 2018

Scent partner XTeam Software Solutions srls took part in the annual Nordic Game conference held in Malmö, Sweden on 23-25 May 2018. Nordic Game is a leading game conference in Europe and serves as a venue for developers, publishers, and financial backers to meet, network and catch up on the latest news in the world of gaming. This year, Nordic Game hosted over 2,000 professionals in the field. Read more

WeObserve launches its first Communities of Practice

Are you interested in citizen science and citizens’ observatories? Join a WeObserve Community of Practice!

The WeObserve project will launch its first three Communities of Practice at the Citizen Science Workshop Day of the 2nd International ECSA Conference at the University of Geneva on 6th June 2018.

Read more and register for the CoP launch workshop here: https://www.weobserve.eu/launch-weobserve-communities-practice/

Scent Spotlight series – Kinga Cîmpan, Romanian Ornithological Society

In today’s Spotlight feature we are pleased to introduce the Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) and Kinga Cîmpan, Ecologist at SOR.

SOR is an independent non-governmental organisation founded in 1990. It is Romania’s largest wildlife conservation charity aiming to conserve and study wild bird species, their habitats and sites in Romania. SOR strives to increase people’s awareness of environmental sustainability and works for the protection of biodiversity and bird fauna. As the Romanian partner of BirdLife International, SOR carries out its policy and strategy with a joint global target: conservation of birds and their habitats. Read more