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!

Citizen Science in the Genoa Living Lab

As part of the Genoa Living Lab, the National Research Council (CNR) initiated engagement activities in collaboration with two high-schools (Marconi-Delpino and Gianelli) in the municipality of Chiavari.

Visual Science Communication for Citizens

The communication designers’ job to make the information visually accessible and comprehensible to the audience. But the visual preparation of the content poses a few challenges.

Techne Consulting presented Preliminary results of I-CHANGE at Projection Expert Panel in the 2023 annual meeting of TFEIP

The Technical Director Carlo Trozzi on behalf of the Techne Consulting – I-CHANGE partner – presented Preliminary results of the Horizon I-CHANGE project at Projection Expert Panel in the 2023 annual meeting of TFEIP.

Techne Consulting presented I-CHANGE at the 20th GEIA Conference

The Technical Director Carlo Trozzi on behalf of the Techne Consulting – I-CHANGE partner – presented a poster on Integrated evaluation of air pollutants and greenhouse gases emissions (GHG) in the framework of the I-CHANGE Living Labs experiences at the GEIA 20th Conference.

The Barcelona Living Lab organized an EU partner event activity during the European Green Week

The research group GAMA from the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Barcelona organized a citizen science activity in the Barcelona Living Lab on Extreme Events to participate.

Science with and for everyone

In our research, we are working closely with citizens and other stakeholders of each of the Living Labs.

The Bologna Living Lab organized a stakeholder engagement event during the EU Green Week

The Bologna Living Lab organized a stakeholder engagement event during the European Green Week to present the project’s preliminary results and share the next steps of cooperation, particularly in improving air quality and promoting sustainable mobility in the city of Bologna.

The Living Lab of Genoa met its stakeholders on the occasion of the European Green Week

The Living Lab of Genoa met its stakeholders on the occasion of the European Green Week

On the occasion of the European Green Week – promoted by the European Community – the Living Lab of Genoa organized an annual meeting with its stakeholders to talk about the activities carried out by the project, the results obtained and the new synergies that could be established on the territory to increase the involvement of citizens in citizen science activities.

I-CHANGE at the EU GreenWeek Webinar “Empowering and upskilling citizens towards a climate neutral and sustainable Europe”

On Thursday 8th June, Prof. dr. Muhammad Adnan, Hasselt University, presented I-CHANGE during the webinar “Empowering and skilling citizens to become drivers towards a climate neutral and sustainable Europe through citizen science” at the EU GreenWeek.

Changing individual habits through awareness and involvement

Changing individual habits through awareness and involvement

Where I-CHANGE use Living Labs to develop knowledge and engagement to be transformed into policy briefs, the KNOCA (Knowledge Network On Climate Assemblies) project focuss on citizens assemblies.




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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.