About us

About us

OUR MISSION

CitieS-Health aims to put citizens’ concerns at the heart of research agenda on environmental epidemiology by tackling health issues that concern them.

Groups of citizens in five cities in Europe will design and run experiments to explore how the pollution in their living environment is affecting their health.

The project will create an interactive toolkit with customised tools and best practices for the replication of the studies in other locations by researchers, individuals and citizen groups.

PROJECT TIMELINE

2019

Identification of citizen’s environmental and health concerns in 5 pilot cities.
Co-creation of research questions to build scientific evidence around such concerns.

2020

Design of the scientific experiment and launch of the data collection campaign for answering the research questions.
Debates on ethics in citizen science and co-definition of governance principles through which the study is managed by citizens.

2021

Organization of citizen actions to address the findings of the research.
Articulate new communities with methods and tools to replicate the citizen science experience.

WHO WE ARE

The project includes experts in epidemiology, citizen participation and ethics from five European countries and is coordinated by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal).

ADVISORY BOARD

Advisory board | Alba L'Astorina
Alba L’Astorina
Researcher at the Institute for IREA

She is a researcher at the Remote Sensing of the Environment of the CNR (Italian National Research Council) in Milan, Italy, dealing with theoretical and practical aspects of science communication and public engagement with science and technology. She has also worked at the CNR press office. Her expertise is the result of a long experience as responsible of science communication activities for policy makers, media, teachers, students and citizens within national and international research projects. Her research interests include science-society interactions with a focus on the role played by the scientific community in science communication, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Post-Normal Science (PNS).

Advisory board | Rosa Arias
Rosa Arias
CEO & Founder at Science for Change. D-NOSES Project Coordinador at Fundación Ibercivis

She has more than 9 years’ experience working with European projects (FP7, H2020, LIFE+, etc.), she has created the citizen science App OdourCollect to empower citizens suffering from odour nuisance, and she also coordinates the Spanish hub of the HYPATIA project for “la Caixa” Foundation (RRI Tools coordinators), on attracting girls towards STEM careers. She is the coordinator of D-NOSES for the Ibercivis Foundation. Rosa has been collaborating with Ibercivis since 2013, has contributed to the discussions for defining the European White Paper in citizen science, to #citsci sessions and several CS projects in Spain.

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