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

What is SOCIO-BEE?

Welcome to SOCIO-BEE!

We aim at empowering communities to adopt more sustainable behaviors.

How do we do that? 

Through citizen science, portable air quality sensors, and social innovation.

Our project also raises awareness of climate change and encourages citizens to monitor and observe the environment.

Join us on this journey to create a healthier, more sustainable future!

SOCIO-BEE at a Glance

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News about SOCIO-BEE

[Zaragoza Piot] First activities of alpha testing

[Zaragoza Piot] First activities of alpha testing

The alpha testing team has run three working sesions in Zaragoza with the SOCIO-BEE Technology. During the month of May 2023, the Zaragoza pilot coordination team has been able to work with a reduced group of alpha testers, formed by staff members of the three...

[Zaragoza Pilot] The alpha testing starts

[Zaragoza Pilot] The alpha testing starts

The coordinating team of the SOCIO-BEE pilot project in the Spanish city of Zaragoza receives the technology developed by the consortium and designs the schedule of activities for its implementation in the city. On 15 May 2023, the SOCIO-BEE pilot phase was launched...

Empowering citizen scientists through (data) law and ethics

Empowering citizen scientists through (data) law and ethics

Author: Luka van der VeerLaw, Science, Technology and Society Research GroupVrije Universiteit Brussel With this first blog post from SOCIO-BEE, I would first like to briefly introduce our role as a partner in the project so that it is clear what we do. VUB-LSTS is an...

Meet the SOCIO-BEE consortium

Meet the SOCIO-BEE consortium

The SOCIO-BEE consortium is made up of representatives from research institutes, universities, third sector entities, private companies and municipalities from 6 European countries, and together they have the mission to develop citizen participation activities that...

Check out our video!

Check out our video!

Would you like to know what SOCIO-BEE is and the activities we are carrying out? In this video we explain the objectives and goals of our project, as well as the actions we will carry out to tackle the problem of air quality in our cities using technology and citizen...

The Berlin SOCIO-BEE coordination meeting

The Berlin SOCIO-BEE coordination meeting

The first SOCIO-BEE coordination meeting took place on 16 May 2022, where the members of the consortium had the opportunity to meet for the first time in person and share the progress in the development of the project work packages, as reported by the project leaders....

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Legal & Ethics resources

The Knowledge Powerhouse for Citizen Science on Law and Ethics

Are you interested in citizen science but unsure about the legal and ethical implications? Look no further than SOCIO-BEE’s Knowledge Powerhouse for Citizen Science on Law and Ethics! Our initiative is all about communicating the project’s work, existing resources, and subsequent lessons learned to the general public.

Our goal is to encourage the uptake of citizen science by creating a publicly available knowledge hub hosted on the project’s website.

By providing accessible and easy-to-understand information about the legal and ethical aspects of citizen science, we hope to empower more people to get involved in this exciting field.

So come and explore our Knowledge Powerhouse and learn everything you need to know about the legal and ethical side of citizen science. With our help, you can feel confident and informed as you embark on your own citizen science journey.

Why the Bees?

Just like in nature, queen bees, worker bees, and drone bees, all play an important role in their hives.

In SOCIO-BEE we take the bee metaphor for our citizen science strategy, where everyone can participate with different levels of engagement which are all valuable and important.

The data collected by the beehives is the honey and as you can imagine this is interesting for our honey bears, which are stakeholders in different realms of society.

We’re testing our hives in three different pilot sites with different populations, including young adults, elderly people, and everyday commuters. Join us!

Citizen engagement through

co-creation and technology

Welcome to the future of citizen engagement! The SOCIO-BEE project is leading the way with our innovative approach to co-creation and technology. Our goal is to design, deploy, and validate a next-generation citizen science platform that utilizes wearable-based modules for air quality observation. With the support of local decision-makers and action groups, we’re creating sustainable, scalable, and replicable experiments that are co-created with users just like you.

But SOCIO-BEE is more than just a platform – we’re committed to facilitating citizen science through a co-creation module that enables users to select from a range of customizable campaigning blueprints. These tools will deliver engagement programmes and campaigns that truly empower communities to influence decision-making and reduce pollution levels in cities. Our aim is to build trust between stakeholders and create a better, more sustainable future for everyone. Join us in this exciting journey towards citizen empowerment and environmental sustainability!



Are you ready for a challenge? The SOCIO-BEE project is taking on the task of collecting high-resolution air quality data through opportunistic sensing to ensure replicability. We believe that citizens, policymakers, voluntary sectors, and businesses all have a role to play as stewards of air pollution reduction policies.

Our outcome is clear: a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future for everyone. By working together, we can create policies that reduce pollution levels and ensure that our air is safe to breathe. With the data at our fingertips, we can make informed decisions and take meaningful action towards a more sustainable future. Join us on this journey towards a brighter tomorrow and become a steward of air pollution reduction policies today!

3 Pilot Cases



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 Population: Youth



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

Targeted Population: Commuters



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, aware citizens, general population


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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