The hackAIR project practiced a multi-disciplinary approach. The consortium includes 6 partners from different complementary domains: ICT, air quality research, environmental technologies, social sciences, environmental policy, and communications on sustainability issues.

The partners respresent 5 European countries, namely Greece, Norway, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Members of the consortium have strong experience in CAPS and Citizen Observatories EU projects through their involvement in previously funded projects.

DRAXIS (Greece) coordinates hackAIR. It 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.
The Democritus University of Thrace, Crevis Sprl and the Technological Educational Institute of Athens contribute as third parties affiliated to Draxis Environmental S.A.
Contact person: Panagiota Syropoulou

NILU (Norway) 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


CERTH (Greece) 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

BUND (Germany) 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

SMIT (Belgium) 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: Carina Veeckman

ON:SUBJECT (The Netherlands) 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

Advisory board

Francesco Pilla
Geospatial analysis & modelling of environmental dynamics

Dr Francesco Pilla is lecturer in the Department of Planning and Environmental Policy…

Jorge García Vidal
Telecommunications Engineer

Dr. Jorge García Vidal is a Telecommunications Engineer. Since 2003, he is full professor…

Hester Volten
Air quality scientist

Dr. Hester Volten has been working as an air quality scientist at the National Institute of Public Health…

Stavros Lounis
Director of Gamifico Limited

Mr. Stavros Lounis is the Director of Gamifico Limited…

Giuseppe De Carlo
Project manager

Mr. Giuseppe De Carlo is project manager at the European Federation of Allergy and…

Mel Woods
Art and Design expert

Ms. Mel Woods is expert in Art and Design at the Dundee University…

Nils Jacob Berlan
CTO at

Dr. Nils Jacob Berland is CTO at in Norway…

Highlights and insights

hackAIR: A review

hackAIR started in 2016 as a project to develop an open technology toolkit for citizens’ observatories on air quality. It was supported through the EU programme on “Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation” until December 2018. As we’re coming to the end of the project, we want to celebrate some of the highlights with you: three years hackAIR…

Data visualisation with Node-RED Dashboard

Here is a special treat for hackAIR users who are interested in more ways to visualise their sensor data. We have received this awesome work from Jo Torsmyr, a hackAIR user from Norway. Here is what he sent us: I am using Node-RED and Node-RED Dashboard to collect and visualize data from my hackAIR sensor. The hackAIR dashboard for my sensor…



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