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Wearables and droneS fOr CIty Socio-Environmental Observations and BEhavioral ChangE

What is SOCIO-BEE?

SOCIO-BEE proposes that community engagement and social innovation combined with Citizen Science (CS)  through emerging technologies and playful interaction can bridge the gap between

1) the capacity of communities to  adopt more sustainable behaviours, breaking the cognitive myopia, 

2) between the citizen intentions and the real  behaviour to act in favour of the environment (in this project, to reduce air pollution). Furthermore, community  engagement can raise other citizens’ awareness of climate change and their own responses to it, through  experimentation, better monitoring, and observation of the environment.

SOCIO-BEE in a Glimpse

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Why the Bees?

This SOCIO-BEE idea is emphasised in this project  through the metaphor of bees’ behaviour (with queens, worker and drone bees), interested stakeholders  (honey bears) and the Citizen Science hives that will be tested in three different pilot sites and with different  population: young adults, elderly people and everyday commuters.

Citizen engagement through

co-creation and technology

The SOCIO-BEE project aims to design, deploy and validate a next-generation CS platform for citizens’ wearable-based modules for air quality observation, supported by local decision-makers and action groups.

SOCIO-BEE aims to realize sustainable, scalable, and replicable/spreadable experiments, who are co-created. SOCIO-BEE will develop and  implement a co-creation module for facilitating citizen science.Users will be able to select among several customizable campaigning blueprints each of which will entail such  tools for delivering engagement programmes and campaigns that genuinely enable communities to influence decision  making for reducing pollution levels in cities and creating trust between stakeholders.  

 

Challenge

Outcome

Collecting high-resolution air quality data through opportunistic sensing ensuring replicability.

Citizens, policymakers, voluntary sector and businesses as stewards of air pollution reduction policies.

3 Pilot Cases

Zaragoza

(Spain)

The challenge for the city of Zaragoza now is to attract the younger public (8 to 16 years old) to this type of  initiative so that they can take responsibility in caring for their air quality.

Targeted Pupulation: Youngsters

Ancona

(Italy)

Push the elderly to be active outdoors in a  non-polluted and non-crowded environment, promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Targeted Pupulation: Aged population

Marousi

(Greece)

Commuters and relevant stakeholders will actively contribute in understanding their  individual exposure to air pollution by setting up citizen science campaigns to collect and map air pollution

Targeted Pupulation: Commuters

The SOCIO-BEE Consortium

The SOCIO-BEE Project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement No. 101037648