Over the next six months, the Irish daily newspaper the Irish Times will be promoting citizen science projects in Ireland by collaborating with citizen science researchers across the country. The aim is to raise awareness about citizen science among the public, to generate new ideas and to get citizens to participate actively. Read more
The First Italian Citizen Science Conference was held at the headquarters of the Italian National Research Council in Rome 23-25 November 2017.
The conference constitutes the first Italian national initiative addressing Citizen Science. The event placed special emphasis on environmental sciences and offered an arena for a broad range of activities designed to facilitate knowledge sharing and the exchange of best practices and perspectives and discussions on programmes, methods etc. Read more
The 3rd Scent plenary meeting was hosted by Scent partner IHE Delft Institute for Water Education 7-9 November 2017 in Delft in the Netherlands.
Fifteen months into the project, it was interesting to hear all partners share highlights and updates on the status of their recent work. Impressive progress has been made since the last consortium meeting, and the project is on the right track to meet the set objectives. Read more
Rovigo-based Scent partner XTeam presented the project at the Digital Meet conference on Friday 20th October 2017. The event attracted a large student audience and was held in the auditorium of the scientific secondary school Paleocapa in Rovigo, Italy. Scent partners Stefano Tamascelli (CEO and responsible for R&D) and Silvia Brandalesi (European Project Manager) gave a presentation entitled “Usage of new digital technologies to monitor the territory and prevent risk of flooding” (Utilizzo delle nuove tecnologie digitali per monitorare il territorio e prevenire il rischio di inondazione). Read more
Mapping and the Citizen Sensor (2017) is a new publication on the role of citizens in mapping. It offers interesting insights into citizen science in mapping and into engaging citizens and sustaining participation in scientific activities and environmental policymaking. Read more
We recently spoke to Marian Mierla, Scientific Researcher at Danube Delta National Institute (DDNI).
DDNI is the National Institute for Research and Development in the Danube Delta region. Its research and development work also covers the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, which includes the neighbouring areas as well. The researchers at DDNI, based in Tulcea, Romania, specialise in different aspects of geography and biology, some study water quality, others living species etc. The institute also has an informational system and geomatics department, and parts of the institute’s development activities focus on the planning of dredging processes. Read more
One of the contributions of Scent is to add data to Earth Observation systems such as GEOSS, with an overarching objective of improving the monitoring of changes in the environment, in particular in relation to land use. To this end, the latest European GEO Workshop EuroGEOSS: shaping the European contribution to GEOSS held 19th-21st June 2017 in Helsinki was an invaluable opportunity to learn of the impact that contributions to GEOSS have had on policy making and on livelihoods across Europe. The opportunity to network with fellow citizens’ observatories (CO) projects and to collaborate to produce helpful discussions about the value of citizen data in GEOSS was immensely valuable as well. Read more
We recently spoke to Ioana Popescu, Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics at IHE Delft.
IHE Delft is an education and research institute based in the Netherlands. The students at IHE Delft come from various countries around the world, and the institute sees the potential benefits of the new Scent technology for these students, some of whom come from regions exposed to floods. Ioana explains that IHE Delft decided to get involved in the project partly because of their research interest and partly because of their students, who ultimately will be the beneficiaries of the systems being developed. Read more
The Scent consortium gathered for its second plenary meeting in Rome 14-15 June 2017. The two-day plenary was attended by 24 partners representing all 10 partner organisations. Read more
Over Winter 2016, Scent conducted a series of ‘Focus Group workshops’ in Tulcea, Romania and Athens, Greece. These two regions are where the project’s pilot studies will take place and Scent want to continuously engage with the local citizens and hear their views and opinions on the environment and if they are active in its conservation.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 688930.