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CITIDEP - Research Center on Information Technology and Participatory Democracy



PEOPLE - Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe

CITIDEP is a partner in the Project PEOPLE... •

people entities promoting
PEOPLE - Entities Promoting:

PEOPLE - Partners in Portugal:

Institute for the Consumer Presidency of the Council of Ministers [Lisbon Project Coordination].

DCEA - FCT-UNL. Dept of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, New University of Lisbon

DRAOT-LVT, Regional Administration of Environment and Land Use Planning for Lisbon and Tagus Valley, Ministry of Cities, Land Use Planning and Environment.

CRSP-LVT, Public Health Regional Center for Lisbon & Tagus V. , Ministry of Health.

DMAEV, CML- City Department for Environment and Green Spaces, Lisbon Municipality

Quercus — National Association for the Conservation of Nature

CITIDEP - Research Center on Information Technology and Participatory Democracy

people population exposure to air pollutants in europe
PEOPLE - Population Exposure to Air Pollutants in Europe
  • 1. Assessment of Benzene levels;
  • 2. Learn the impact of outdoor and indoor emission sources (including smoking) on human exposure to Benzene, for risk assessment of populations in Europe;
  • 3. Compare Benzene air pollution levels in European capitals, in function of emission sources, local meteorological conditions, citizen behaviour and air quality policies;
  • 4. Assessment of the impact of air quality policies (EU directives), local abatement measures and personal behaviour on exposure levels to Benzene;
  • 5. Raising the awareness of citizens about air quality and the impact of personal behaviour (transport and smoking habits).
  • 6. Validation of pollution exposure models.



(targeting ages 6 to 16)

• Contribution to objective 5 of Project PEOPLE:«Raising the awareness of citizens…»Why Schools?• POWER OF SCHOOLS TO PROMOTE SOCIETY CHANGES• “PEOPLE” ALLOWS PARTICIPATORY SCIENCE & CITIZENSHIP:• Students help scientific data gathering • Students study and research the topic • Students join citizens debating results

participatory science awareness through participation
Participatory Science- Awareness through participation
  • Learn CITIZENSHIP through Chemistry:)
  • Use new sampler technology to break barriers between science and citizens
  • Use advanced Information-Communication Technologies to break age, geographic and social exclusion barriers
  • Use new educational tools to connect high-schools and elementary schools
  • Develop a critical learning of citizenship
citidep promotes a network with scientists teachers and students
CITIDEP promotes a networkwith scientists, teachers and students

Using Internet(web broadcast) and videoconference to allow access of remote areas and student communities abroad

Lisboa (Pt)

Viana do Castelo (Pt)

Açores Islands (Pt)

Nantes (Fr)

Manchester (UK)

Edinbourgh (UK)

Lisbon schools were part of the Benzene sampler net

citidep people citizenship project inovative educational tools

CITIDEP “PEOPLE - CITIZENSHIP” PROJECTInovative educational tools

280 students + 19 teachers + 9 schools directly involved

(high + elementary schools)


Student inquiry: Study Benzene as a pollutant

Lab sessions: Particles on the paper / Elastics and pollution

Environmental game: highschool students teach younger students


15 Oct 02: Videoconference with PEOPLE’ expert & Web broadcast

18 March 03: Videoconf. + broadcast + chat with PEOPLE’ expert

12 June 03: Role-Play debating citizenship issues related to PEOPLE

Estimated audience: 50 schools ~ 500 students

citidep activities before 22 october 2002
CITIDEP Activities Before 22 October 2002

15 October 2002


Viana ->

Activity: Videoconference and Internet

Broadcasting, with PEOPLE’s expert,

for students from the 10nd grade

2002 2003 highschool students with elementary school students
2002 - 2003Highschool students with Elementary schoolstudents

Activity: Environmental game:

“Learn with the environment, playing!”

2003 highschool students work with elementary school students
2003Highschool students work with Elementary school students

PEOPLE Videoconference

and Internet broadcasting II

with chat for students

from the 2nd and 3rd grade

Students in Lisbon say goodbye

to students in Viana do Castelo

Activity: “ The air exists,

although we can't see it”

12 june 2003

Activity: Role-Play on “PEOPLE” issues

12 June 2003


Parliament member (PS)

Cancer specialist (M. Doctor)

Smokers’ association pro-active

Car Manufacture Industrial

Oil Industry Owner

Querqus’ member (environmentalist)

Gas Pump worker

We wanted students to also use REAL results from PEOPLE: Unfortunately,

the PEOPLE’s results were not made public before 12 June 2003

difficulties and impediments
Difficulties and Impediments
  • Zero funding. All based on CITIDEP network solidarity including highly motivated teachers (paying expenses from their pockets), and the adoption of this project as the degree work of one teacher. That is nice and important, but not sustainable/replicable without at least some institutional funding in the future.
  • Level and quality of public technical support to schools (e.g.videoconference) is decreasing to the point of compromising the work of students and teachers. Last videoconference nearly failed because kids could not hear anything for 1 h. This is the result of a wrong policy of divesting in public education. Poor schools can’t afford private sector service prices.
discours du commissaire philippe busquin ue
Discoursdu Commissaire Philippe Busquin (UE)

“À Lisbonne, PEOPLE a été associé à un projet didactique pour sensibiliser les élèves et les enseignants à la problématique de la pollution de l’air dans les villes.

Ce projet, appelé « PEOPLE – CITIZENSHIP », regroupait 9 écoles, 19 enseignants et 280 élèves. Pendant 9 mois, ce projet a animé les cours et les activités parascolaires. Il s’est clôturé par une vidéo-conférence diffusée dans 50 écoles et une audience de 500 étudiants.”

  • The raising awareness process starts at school age;
  • Young students can clearly contribute to gather information with real scientific value;
  • As participants in the benzene study, their discussion of the environmental and health problems developed sharper critical and reflective skills;
  • Parents drawn by the public recognition of their kids contribution got involved, amplifying the effect.

The information empowerment lead to an active participation and awareness of their responsibility

towards the community and environmental policies.


CITIDEP - Research Center on Information Technology and Participatory Democracy

Follow up:

  • • As suggested by JRC/IES-PEOPLE, CITIDEP
  • considered to extend «PEOPLE-Citizenship» to other cities in Europe with PEOPLE’s partners;
  • • The project «PEOPLE-Citizenship» was presented
  • at the «International Conference on Public Participation and Information Technologies», at MIT, Nov. 2003;
  • Participants from France, Italy, Austria and Slovenia, expressed interest to cooperate in a similar project;
  • We should make the best of this momentum. But this requires institutional support.

CITIDEP - Research Center on Information Technology and Participatory Democracy


  • CITIDEP proposes a new “environment-health” program:
    • building on what works! PEOPLE/GLOBE/BOINC experience;
    • • focus on current EU strategic priorities concerning environment and health (e.g. APHEIS focus);
    • connect the gathering of valuable scientific data with raising citizen awareness through participation;
    • target schools as a key partner and as a ready-built’in network and infrastructure at EU scale;
    • create a sense of European Scale Cooperation at citizen level.


In each School in the EuroLifeNet, groups of students lead by a teacher will “adopt” an “EuroLifeNet Node”, and keep a regular record of indicators measured on this Node.

Node ID: School, GPS Long/Lat/Z, type

Bio-Physics parameters at the Node

Socio-economic parameters in a circle (or grid) centered at the Node

Composite data (tracing data around the node, eg. students carrying sensor 24h measuring personal exposure)



All “EuroLifeNet Node” share their data and integrate it at multiple scales, “feeding” different uses and agregate records.

Adoption of common data protocols

Data validation procedures with institutions

Sets of tool kits for schools and teachers

Use of integrating tools and architectures

Events inter-schools and public awareness