Succesful Scent Citizen Science Pilots Collect Valuable Environmental Data

More than 10,000 pieces of valuable environmental data were collected by Scent volunteers during Scent pilot campaigns in Athens, Greece and the Danube Delta, Romania in 2018. Take a look at our new infographic with all the statistics from our first campaigns.

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Check Out the Media Coverage from Scent’s First Pilot Campaigns

You can now read a round up of the  media coverage for the first Scent pilot campaigns here. 

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Watch the New Scent Animation with Greek and Romanian Subtitles

You can now watch the new Scent animation with subtitles in Greek and Romanian. Read more

Connect with Us on Our New Scent LinkedIn

The Scent project has a new LinkedIn page you can follow for project developments and for interesting news from the world of citizen science.  Read more

Scent Education Programme Pilots Launched

More than 300 school students in Romania and Athens are taking part in the recently developed Scent Education Programme. The students, between the ages of 11 and 12 ,are taking part in special pilots of the new programme which was designed by the Scent project to engage students in local, national and international environmental issues. Read more

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

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:

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:

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:

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

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


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


GroundTruth 2.0

Scent partners

Scent Twitter

Scent website

Scent YouTube

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First Successful Scent Campaign in the Danube Delta

Between 12 and 20 August, more than 100 volunteers gathered in Tulcea, Romania, for the first Scent pilot campaign on the Danube Delta. This was the first of a series of pilot campaigns the Scent project is organising in Romania and Greece to test new applications developed by the project to enable citizens to monitor changes in their environment.
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