Engaging Ordinary Citizens and Core Research Scientists in the Fight Against Urban Floods
Citizen participation in providing information for impact-based Forecasts and Heavy Rain Advisories is one of the major challenges of the Living Lab West Africa.
Wintertime monitoring of meteorological, thermal and air pollution characteristics in close neighbourhoods of Bologna
In close collaboration with the University of Bologna (UNIBO) and the Environmental Protection Agency of Emilia-Romagna (ARPAE), the Bologna Living Lab organized a long monitoring session from February 7 to March 9 2023.
Preliminary diffuse thermographic campaign
Bologna Living Lab organised a first event to measure the city’s temperature using a combination of high-precision instruments and low-cost devices suitable for citizen science.
Crystalising the Essence through Video Interviews
In face of the challenge to communicate I-CHANGE to a broader audience we are driven by the question: How can we crystalise the most important information of a project that is so complex when you don’t have an educational background in the sciences?
Planning the future: future EU air quality standards and needs for behavioral change
The I-CHANGE partner Techne Consulting is working in this field in the Tuscany, Liguria, Veneto, Puglia, Abruzzo, Campania and Sicily regions and collaborated with the Ministry of the Environment on biomass combustion issues.
Emission inventory, carbon footprint and behavioral change: our Techne Consulting partner ongoing activities
Techne Consulting – I-CHANGE partner – is involved in the activities of the assessment of air pollutant emissions and the calculation of the footprint at an international level.
Let’s play serious!
In I-CHANGE, we are developing a serious game that shall support the communication of climate-aware and environmentally friendly behaviors.
Two days of project partners meeting in Barcelona: it was an awesome opportunity to strengthen our collaboration!
On 9th and 10th of February, the I-CHANGE consortium met at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Barcelona to discuss the ongoing and upcoming tasks and activities of the project.
The important contribution of Citizen Science activities to SDGs
The relevance of Citizen Science (CS) projects has been recently highlighted in light of their potential contribution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). West and Pateman (2017) investigated how CS approaches can contribute to the definition,...
Ethics belong to everyone involved in citizen science
Living Labs and citizen science are in the heart of I-CHANGE project activities. While the popularity of using Living Labs as an environment for open innovation, real-life testing and refinement of research ideas has increased, building a successful Living Lab...
Data assimilation of novel observations for the Environmental Impact Hub
As the challenges of climate change increase, the need for high-resolution data in space and time to better understand climate impacts is also increasing. Today there exist new ways of collecting weather data, for example personal weather stations. The stations...
The Living Lab experience outside EU
Over the past months, I-CHANGE partners Tel Aviv University - Water Research Center (TAU) and West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) have been developing a fascinating report on the experiences of Living Labs in countries...
Meteotracker and Low Cost Air quality Sensors – More Campaigns kicked off at Hasselt Living Lab
Under the I-CHANGE H2020 project, Hasselt Living Lab started a campaign to collect data from meteotracker sensors and low cost air quality sensors.
The Amsterdam I-CHANGE team of Wageningen University is going to measure the indoor climate
The Amsterdam I-CHANGE team of Wageningen University is looking for 100 participants in Amsterdam to measure the indoor climate of their home
Barcelona Living Lab participates in the Va de Besòs festival
The motto of the day was: wellness, health, sustainability, nature and historic memory.
Monitoring air quality activities have already started in some schools participating in the Barcelona Living Lab
In these last months of 2022, the activity of the Barcelona I-CHANGE Living Lab has been focused on the calibration of the Smart Citizen Kit (SOCKs) that will be installed in various schools in Barcelona and the development of the pilot citizen science campaign on air quality.
I-CHANGE at the HARMO21 International conference
Silvana Di Sabatino and Carlo Cintolesi – the UNIBO team of I-CHANGE – presented innovative results on the effect of rooftop trees on the removal of pollutants from urban canyons, and on the positive effect in urban heat island mitigation exerted by blue bodies embedded in the city fabric.
UNIBO promotes behavioural change at “Notte Europea dei Ricercatori Society”
On the occasion of “Notte Europea dei Ricercatori Society”, the UNIBO team of I-CHANGE participated with an initiative called “Rendiamo verde la città: promuovere comportamenti sostenibili per migliorare l’azione sul clima”.
The Living Lab of Genoa continues its strengthening of the network of stakeholders and citizens who are involved in the project activities.
The Living Lab of Genoa continues its strengthening of the network of stakeholders and citizens who are involved in the project activities. During the Genoa Science Festival, which this year celebrated its twentieth anniversary and the key theme was languages, CIMA...
Citizen actions for an integrated management approach in urban areas in the capital city of Ouagadougou
Photo 1: Household survey sessionThe Identification of Change Champions The challenge for the Living Lab of West Africa (LLWA) is to find the interlink to managing wastes, rainwater, and floods through a proper detection and appreciation of the causes, impacts, and...
Just a video? Some insight from “behind the scene”
As Climate Media Factory (CMF), we are mainly responsible for audio-visual products to accompany the process, to document it or to provide material for teaching units. Our first contribution was the project video for I-CHANGE. The 4-minute video outlines the project...
I-CHANGE at the 17th Plinius Conference on Mediterranean Risks
Between 18 and 21 October 2022 was held the 17th Plinius Conference on Mediterranean Risks in Frascati, Italy. The Conference contemplated 6 main topics: Diagnosis, trends, causality, and prediction of extreme weather events in a changing climate; Earth Observation...
Reduction of atmospheric emissions from the combustion of biomass for civil use
The use of biomass for the production of heat for domestic use has been widely recognized throughout Europe, as one of the factors that produces the greatest environmental impacts due to the significant emission of pollutants. A workshop about "Case studies for...
I-CHANGE carbon and environmental footprint ongoing
Within the framework of the I-CHANGE project the activities of action 3.2 relating to “Benchmarking behavioral changes: apportionment of carbon and environmental footprint” are ongoing and have produced the first results. E2GovCmty computer model has been finalized by...
A new Horizon Europe project that give recognition to citizen engagement: IMPETUS
A new Horizon Europe project that will support and give recognition to citizen science (CS) in Europe: the IMPETUS project. Through an energetic approach, the project team will organise 3 Open Calls that will support new and ongoing citizen science initiatives (CSI)....
What can Twitter tell us about citizen science?
Citizens are at the center of the I-CHANGE project: they are the key actors but also the main beneficiaries. In I-CHANGE, we are building our research around citizen science methods. Citizen science is defined as the integration of citizen into scientific processes -...
Working with our Just Transitions Framework and citizen engagement in Living Labs
In I-CHANGE we are working on setting up Living Labs in 8 cities. These 8 Living Labs will, through citizen science activities and a broader citizen and stakeholder engagement, research on and collect data concerning the local climate change challenges. The higher...
General risks and potentials in working with Living Labs: status from the Living Lab managing partner DBT
The I-CHANGE project combines tasks from many fields that do not necessarily interact easily with each other. Knowledge from climate science (physics, biology, meteorology) is combined with information science (data engineering, communications) and need to be...
I-CHANGE member at ECMWF to set up Environmental Impact Hub
Ulrike Falk has recently joined ECMWF to work on the iCHANGE projectThe I-CHANGE project is centred on the hypothesis that empowering citizen science initiatives forms the basis for impactful behavioural changes and will lead to and facilitate mitigation efforts in...
The I-CHANGE partner TAU switches entirely to Sustainable Electricity within Two Years
Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences © Tel Aviv UniversityIn a first among Israeli academia, Tel Aviv University’s Green Campus Committee - partner of the I-CHANGE project - has presented an external, comprehensive and objective report that inspected...
Community Service: the Living Lab of West Africa cleans drainage canals in the city of Ouagadougou
Each year, thousands of households in the city of Ouagadougou are affected by flooding. These recurrent floods are the result of clogged drainage systems in the city. In view of the situation in recent years, the I-CHANGE project, through the West African Living Lab...
An I-CHANGE member awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi (the Cross of Saint George)
The "Creu de Sant Jordi" is an annual distinction awarded by the Government of Catalonia to those people and social entities that "due to their merits, have provided outstanding services to Catalonia in the defense of its identity, especially in the civic and cultural...
Second heat wave of this summer in Barcelona
The global climatic alteration associated with the increase of greenhouse gases is causing the rise in the temperatures of the planet. The impacts are significant on human health, regional economies, and ecosystems. The average temperature of the planet has already...
First face-to-face workshop of Barcelona Living Lab
The Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB, located at NE of the Iberian Peninsula), is made up to 36 municipalities having a total surface of 636 km² and 3,239,337 inhabitants. Barcelona is one of the most populated cities in the world (160 inh./ha in a surface of...
Dublin Living Lab is testing renewable energy sources to power sensors
As part of the I-CHANGE Dublin Living Lab, we are currently investigating using portable solar panels to power the Smartcitizen Air Quality Monitor. In the past, Smartcitizen have tested running the Smart Citizen Kit 2.1 monitor with 5W and 6W solar panels in...
The I-CHANGE Amsterdam Living Lab Stakeholder workshop brought stakeholders together to tackle urban heat!
On June 14th, the I-CHANGE Amsterdam team from the Wageningen University organised a stakeholder workshop at the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute). The workshop brought the team in contact with experts from other institutions in...
UNIBO having the first stakeholder workshop
The Living Lab Bologna organized the first stakeholder workshop on 9 June 2022, as a first occasion to present the project and the Living Lab main topics and areas of interest. The meeting was held at the current headquarter of the Bologna Living Lab, the Department...
The power of storytelling or how to increase individual engagement through climate communication
Climate Media Factory is a media, consulting and concept agency based in Potsdam and a partner in the I-CHANGE project. For ten years we have been supporting our clients in shaping social discourses about the future. In doing so, we bring narrative, creative and...
UNIBO presenting I-CHANGE at the Biodiversity Festival
Selene Tondini was part of the organizing committee, whereas Carlo Cintolesi presented a talk on the I-CHANGE project.
The 1st stakeholder workshop of the I-CHANGE Dublin Living Lab took place to reduce traffic and air pollution at school gates!
The first stakeholder workshop of the I-CHANGE Dublin Living Lab took place last Friday in the Spatial Dynamics Lab of University College Dublin. It was attended by partners from industry, academia, local government and civil society.
The Genoa Living Lab led by CIMA Foundation Research at the European Green Week
On May 31, CIMA Research Foundation organized the event “Participatory process in the adaptation and mitigation to climate change”.
The Living Lab led by CIMA Research Foundation will provide innovative tools to the Municipality of Genoa
Thanks to I-CHANGE, the Living Lab led by CIMA Research Foundation will provide customized and innovative tools: one of the sensors that will be made available in Genoa is the MeteoTracker.
The Techne Consulting partner presented the I-CHANGE activities at the annual meeting of TFEIP
The 2022 annual meeting of the Task Force on Emission Inventories and Projections of the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution was held online from 9-12 May 2022. Over 100 experts attended simultaneously.
CIMA Research Foundation is leading the citizen science initiatives that will be implemented in the city of Genoa
CIMA Research Foundation is leading the citizen science initiatives that will be implemented in the city of Genoa, in collaboration with ARPAL, the Liguria Region and the Metropolitan City of Genoa, through the construction of a territorial Living Lab.
The Techne Consulting partner director presented the regional air quality plan of Campania Region in Italy
The Task Force on Integrated Assessment Modelling of the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution held the 51st session online from the 6th to the 8th of April 2022. At most 100 experts participated simultaneously.
Citython 2022 Series Launched
By KAJO Image: I-CHANGE MeteoTracker from the Genoa Living Lab During the last weekend of April, I-CHANGE partner KAJO organized an event focusing on smart urban mobility and climate resilience. The Citython Žilina 2022 was organized under EIT Urban Mobility and it...
Tools, guidelines and case studies citizen science projects – the ACTION toolkit
I-CHANGE will empower citizens through knowledge acquired through hands-on participation in the monitoring and assessment. Engaging citizens in environmental monitoring and data gathering is not an easy task but support can come from previous projects. This is the...
Designing online courses for citizen and stakeholder engagement in I-CHANGE
Living Labs are a relatively new form of citizen science and it may be difficult to wrap your head around exactly how one should engage participants in the I-CHANGE project. At the DBT we aim to provide I-CHANGE partners with the necessary knowledge and know-how to...
How will urbanisation and climate change together affect summertime indoor air temperatures in Amsterdam and other European cities?
Warm episodes such as heat waves increase the risk of developing heat-related illnesses, such as heat strokes. The number of people exposed to extreme heat grows because of urbanisation and climate change. Our research question is: How will urbanisation and climate...
Citizen Actions on Climate Change and Environment: The Living Lab of West Africa – Ouagadougou – (LLWA)
The Proceedings The kick-off workshop for LLWA took place in the Conference room of the Competence Centre, WASCAL Ouagadougou, to establish the framework of stakeholders and the lab’s eco-citizen research and actions mechanism. The workshop proceedings were...