Mar 21, 2023


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First NameRaul

Last NameToran Navarro

What is the name of your organization?ISGlobal (Barcelona Institute for Global Health)


What best describes the type of organisation that you are representing?Non-Governmental Organisation

Where are you based?C/ del Roselló, 132, Barcelona, 08036, ES

Name of the equipment
The number of these devices used in your initiative (estimation):
  • Commercial product
Measured parameter (you can select several)
  • NO2
NO2 – Unit
Temporal resolution
1 week
Where are you measuring air quality?
Device’s location
  • Mobile : Person mounted
Level of expertise required to operate
Simple if you take the time to read the documentation
What is the approximate market price per unit?
Are there any other costs related to this equipment?
clip for personal use

What is the name of your initiative?CitieS-Health

How would you describe the main mission of your initiative?Measure/monitor air quality, Measure personal exposure, Raise awareness/education, Other

Other organization missionsCitizen Science methodology

Please provide a short description of your initiative (What is being done? Who is participating? What are your main goals?) This text will appear on the main page.CitieS-Health aimed to put citizens’ concerns at the heart of research agenda on environmental epidemiology by tackling health issues that concern them. Citizens along with scientists in 5 cities in Europe co-designed and implemented epidemiological studies to explore how their living environment is affecting their health. The Barcelona CitieS-Health pilot project was a scientific study co-created by the citizens who explores how air quality, green spaces and noise affect the sleep, the attention span and stress.

Who is your main audience?Citizens

If possible, provide the list of partners involved in the initiative.ISGlobal and Ideas for Change focused on the interrelation between air pollution and health. This was also the topic for the pilot study in Tuscany, Italy, to be coordinated by the social enterprise Epidemiologia e Prevenzione. Kaunas, Lithuania, hosted a pilot study on the relationship between urban design, physical activity and health, orchestrated by the Vytautas Magnus University (VDU). In Ljubljana (Slovenia), the Jozef Stefan Institute carried out a study focusing on noise generated by traffic and in schools. In Zutphen and Amsterdam (Netherlands), the Utrecht University coordinated a pilot study on the health effects of pollution from burning wood on health.

How is this initiative funded?Fully funded European project

Please provide an estimation of the total budget of the initiative (in €):1 million – 5 million

What is the duration of the initiative?1 to 5 years

How many participants (citizen scientists, volunteers, etc.) have been involved (approximately)?5000 – 10000

Website that presents your initiative

Please share any other relevant/interesting links about your initiative:The project co-created an interactive toolkit (Citizen Science Toolkit) with customised tools and best practices for the replication of the studies in other locations by researchers, individuals and citizen groups:

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Are you using a platform for data visualisation?No, we manually process the data (csv, excel, …)

Would you like to share with us any additional information? (Max 300 words)The CitieS-Health Toolkit provides a customised and interactive collection of adaptable instruments to empower anybody to engage communities to solve issues of common concerns and deploy actions for making your world a better place to live in. The tools are meant to guide people from crowdsourcing, exploring and defining environmental and health issues that affect their communities, until implementing bottom-up actions to enable change. In this journey, the CitieS-Health Toolkit provides specific and adaptable solutions for identifying a common problem, design a citizens-driven research study, and proactively collect data to provide evidence that informs actions. The CitieS-Health Toolkit is designed to enable an interactive experience in designing a brand new collaborative bottom-up intervention or as an aide to your own existing participatory study. Are you a citizen who is worried about an environmental and/or health issue affecting your community and wants to tackle it through a participatory approach? Are you a scientist who wants to explore the potential of citizen science to solve environmental epidemiology concerns? Are you a public authority that wants to leverage the power of citizens to develop more informed policies? Or are you a business that wants to engage with citizens to contribute to making your area a better place to live and work? In any of these cases, the CitieS-Health can be of great help to you!

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