Project Partners

Project Partners

The hackAIR project practices a multi-disciplinary approach and it includes in the consortium 6 partners from different complementary domains: ICT, air quality research, environmental technologies, social sciences, environmental policy, and communications on sustainability issues. The consortium represents 5 European countries, namely Greece, Norway, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Together the partners are launching the hackAIR project to develop an open technology toolkit for citizens’ observatories on air quality, supported through the EU programme on “Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation” until December 2018.

Members of the consortium have strong experience in CAPS and Citizen Observatories EU projects through their involvement in previously funded projects.

The Democritus University of Thrace and the Technological Educational Institute of Athens contribute as third parties affiliated to Draxis Environmental S.A.

  • “With hackAIR we really work on collective awareness: what can people jointly do? It is not just about user-provided data, we aim at improving official measurements.” (Christodoulos Keratidis, DRAXIS)
  • “hackAIR is all about motivating people to contribute, making them more aware and creating a bigger interest in quality data. If your own municipality doesn’t provide information on air quality, you can provide and get information yourself. Our previous experiences in related projects made us enthusiastic to explore how informatics can contribute to more and better accessible air quality data.” (Natasa Moumtzidou, CERTH)
  • “Air quality is mostly an invisible issue: it should never become so bad that you can see it. hackAIR is European, it has all these different sources, it’s an open platform. But really: most people don’t even know that air quality monitoring systems exist, so in its core hackAIR is all about awareness. It’s about taking care of the earth.” (Paulien Coppens, VUB)
  • “We should be concerned and informed about the air quality in our neighbourhood. The good news is: you can be informed and contribute to this yourself with hackAIR! The biggest strength of hackAIR is making the problem visible. Its uniqueness lies in elaborating openness (open source), using pictures as measurement tool, and easy to use hardware hack solutions. Within our organisation, hackAIR is a great opportunity to involve and attract members and local groups, a fun way to become active on the topic of air quality.” (Arne Fellermann, BUND)
  • “hackAIR invites citizens to evolve from passive receivers of information into active contributors. For example schools in Norway have to know when it is best for the children to play and sleep outside, and at the same time they can provide part of the data for this themselves.” (Hai-Ying Liu, NILU)

Draxis Environmental S.A. (DRAXIS), Greece

DRAXIS is an environmental software SME with strong experience in providing solution development and implementation of Environmental Technologies. DRAXIS has expertise on environmental applications and air quality monitoring, as well as design, management and implementation of R&D and innovation projects at national and EU levels.

Contact person: Christodoulos Keratidis

The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), Norway

NILU is a research foundation with a leading European role in environmental research and in developing State-of-the-Art environmental information systems on air pollution, and on the effects of pollution on ecosystems, human health and materials. NILU focuses on air pollution and its effects and with expertise on monitoring air pollution and data fusion.

Contact person: Hai-Ying Liu 

The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Greece

CERTH is an ICT research centre active in industry-oriented research. The Multimedia Knowledge and Social Data Analytics laboratory, which will participate in the hackAIR project on behalf of CERTH, has significant experience in the collection, indexing, mining and integration of multimedia, social network and environmental data from heterogeneous Internet sources.

Contact person: Natasa Moumtzidou

Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), Germany

BUND is a European grassroots NGO with more than 400.000 members and supporters that has an existing members’ network on air quality. BUND aims to protect the environment, and, among others, it strives to tackle the causes and the impacts of air pollution.

Contact person: Arne Fellermann

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium

SMIT is a research group founded in 1990 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. SMIT is also part of the iMinds institute, specialized in fundamental, applied and contract research in the area of ICT and media, markets and policy. SMIT specializes in social scientific research on media and ICT, with an emphasis on innovation, policy and socio-economic questions. SMIT has extensive experience in the context of conducting CAPS projects for social innovation, and more specifically related to the task of raising awareness, engaging users, measuring impact and setting up pilot experimentations.

Contact person: Laurence Claeys

ON:SUBJECT (ONSUB), the Netherlands

ON:SUBJECT is a consulting SME with expertise in the development and implementation of communications strategies on sustainability issues, that activate communities, using insights from behavioural psychology and social network theory.

Contact person: Wiebke Herding