Citizen Actions on Climate Change and Environment

I-CHANGE is an Innovation Action project which has started in November 2021 and is running for 3,5 years.

Our main aim is to show that behavioural change of single citizens is possible through citizen science initiatives which are using sensors and that this has an impact of their environmental footprint.

Do you know that the behavioural change of a single citizen has an impact on the environment?


The I-CHANGE project empowers people by giving them a better understanding of their individual choices, and fosters CitizenActions for mitigation and adaptation to Climate Change.

We will work with citizens in eight Living Labs, inviting them for hands-on participation in the monitoring and assessment of different types of environmental data:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Measuring carbon footprint, indoor CO2 and temperature observation for information on human health during hot summer days and for energy demands of buildings for cooling.

Bologna, Italy

Co-designing urban green requalification for reducing air pollution and analysing smart mobility to foster behavioral change.

Genoa, Italy

Measuring weather data to provide citizens with personalised and localised information on possible environmental risks and rules for how to face them as well as co-creating climate change adaptation plans.

Jerusalem, Israel

Improving short-range warnings on flash floods directly to citizens’ smartphones through citizen scientist observational networks to mitigate extreme weather impacts in the neighborhood;

Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Spain

Analysing nature-based solutions and climate risks to identify good and bad practices regarding risks and climate change and for improving the risk awareness of the population.

Dublin, Ireland

Measuring atmospheric variables as well as co-designing nature-based solutions (e.g. trees and vegetation infrastructures) to reduce air quality problems and flood events.

Hasselt, Belgium

Co-designing, implementing, and assessing novel strategies and interventions fostering behavioural change in relation to mobility-oriented lifestyles of citizens, focusing on switching to sustainable activity-travel behaviour (not only on more use of active travel modes but also on the activity formations within and outside home that help reduce overall travel, such as telework, e-shopping).

West Africa, Burkina Faso

Participatory and knowledge co-creation actions to reuse, recycle and repurpose liquid and solid wastes to help reverse land degradation, produce clean water, and generate green energy with (and for) the communities.


The overall concept of I-CHANGE is based on the idea that citizens and the civil society have a central role in the definition of environmental protection and climate action and that their direct involvement is essential to drive a true shift and promotion of behavioural changes towards more sustainable patterns.

Therefore, I-CHANGE aims to raise awareness on the impacts of climate change and related natural hazards to enable behavioural change.

This is intended to be reached by:

  • Climate change awareness: knowledge of science and the understanding of physical, socio-economic and cultural processes;
  • Active participation of citizens in data collection in eight Living Labs through citizen tools and sensors;
  • Improvement of data usability and interoperability of the data which is collected by the citizens.

Results will be translated into guidelines for local public and private decision-makers and other actors.

Read the news!

From local knowledge to transnational policy development

The climate challenges the cities face are not the same, the cultures for working as a collective citizens and governance together are not similar and the local possibilities and resources are very different.

I-CHANGE citizen science activities at the “Across the Sea 2024”

CIMA Research Foundation participated in the closing event by being part of a scientific table and bringing our knowledge on snow and the availability of water resources.

INSTIL - cItizeN Science engagemenT based on Ict soLutions 2024

Call for paper cItizeN Science engagemenT based on Ict soLutions (INSTIL)

INSTIL invites research results from scientists who have invested significant efforts in the design and development of ICT-based tools, software, serious games, eScience applications and solutions to engage the general public in science.

Finding hotspots in a thermal walk on the I-CHANGE day in the Amsterdam Living Lab

Indoor and outdoor heat are the study topic in the I-CHANGE Amsterdam Living Lab. During the I-CHANGE day on June 5th we made a thermal walk of about 3 km in which we identified warm and cool spots in the city.

Changing Habits in a Changing Climate

Join Us for Discussing theories of change and understanding the role of citizen science in breaking societal patterns.
September 17th 2024 | 14:00 – 16.30 CET

Life in a Changing Climate

Join Us to discover How citizen science helps us understand environmental changes and risks.
September 16th, 2024 | 14:00 – 16:30 CET

Empowering Young Innovators: Students from Primary and Secondary School Tackle Traffic and Air Quality

On Friday 3 May 2024, the Academy of the Near Future showcase was hosted at the Mansion House, one of Dublin’s finest buildings.

I-CHANGE day in the Hasselt Living Lab (Belgium)

We organised a workshop for citizens living in the Hasselt Living Lab, introducing them to the project and the problems of climate change in our own environment

Thanks to Chiavari

It is now concluded the citizen science initiative that researchers from CNR-IRPI, CNR-IGAG, and CNR-IMATI organized with the students of the “Marconi Delpino” Scientific High School in Chiavari, under the umbrella of the I-CHANGE Genoa Living Lab.

I-CHANGE ChallengeYeti App

ChallengeYeti App: Redefining Individual Carbon Footprints Through Community-Driven No-regrets Actions

A new perspective on measuring the individual environmental impact and encouraging users to take actionable steps towards a sustainable future.




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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101037193.