The citizen at the service of science.

In view of our commitment, and given that across Europe odor pollution is the second biggest reason for environmental complaints from citizens, after noise, we align ourselves with the D-NOSES Project.

The EU-funded D-NOSES project was launched on April 2018 on the campus of University College London. The project consortium, coordinated by the Ibercivis Foundation (Spain), is a world-class partnership comprising 15 partners which combines experts in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), citizen science and co-creation, International Associations, odor scientists, and includes universities and SMEs, local administration and public bodies from 9 countries.

Lead by the Ibercivis Foundation, expert in citizen science, and coordinated by odor expert Rosa Arias, "D-NOSES will demonstrate that odor pollution is an indicator of larger environmental issues. It can affect our health and also contributes to climate change in the case of landfills or livestock facilities". Due to the lack of regulation, situated technical studies are rarely conducted, so that data on odor pollution is either scarce or difficult to access. Without data it is difficult for affected groups to prove the impact on their communities and build a case for change.

D-NOSES will provide a solution to this largely neglected problem by reversing the way in which odor pollution problems are commonly tackled; changing the traditional top-down approach to a bottom-up approach. The new method will empower citizens using participatory platforms and tools to help them become drivers of change and will apply a quadruple helix model of social engagement at local, national and global levels. The project will work with affected local communities to co-design citizen science interventions across 7 European and 3 non-European countries. Citizens will use innovative mapping tools to crowdsource data on odor issues and co-create ad-hoc solutions with CSOs, NGOs, local public authorities, odor emitting industries, and academia. Through a new International Odor Observatory, D-NOSES will guarantee public access to information on odor pollution, granting affected communities across the world the opportunity to take action on their own.

The D-NOSES consortium combines the expertise of 15 partners from 9 countries:

  • 4 of them from RRI, creation & citizen science experts: Ibercivis Foundation (coordinator, Spain), Ideas for Change (Spain), Mapping for Change (UK), European Citizen Science Association (ECSA).
  • 3 International Associations: Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE), International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), International Association of Environmental Odor Managers (AMIGO).
  • 5 odor, environment and sustainability experts: Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), University of Kassel (DESEE), Portuguese Association of Environmental Engineers (APEA), Environmetrics (ENV), Ecotrec (ECO).
  • 3 local public administration and public bodies: Sao Joao da Madeira Municipality, Municipality of Sofia, and Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto (LIPOR).
The project will run for 3 years and receives € 3.158.612 funding from the European’s Union Horizon 2020 Science with & for Society Call (SwafS) under grant agreement No. 789315.

Take part in the project by downloading the Odor Collect app: ANDROID | IOS

Find out more about the D-NOSES project.

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