Interactive Workshop with the URBANOME project
"Co-create the transition to European sustainable cities"
The main goal of the session is to present the URBANOME approach for improving the livability of citizens around Europe by innovating personal exposure assessment to health and wellbeing stressors. In this space, city officials, experts and researchers in the field can learn more about our initial approach for testing innovative policies to manage urban health and wellbeing tackling inequalities.
During the session, the participants will join a concrete interactive collaboration space to brainstorm and map ideas that can potentially improve the current models of citizens’ liveability assessment. On-line collaboration will be facilitated with the use of MIRO and Mentimiter.
11.30 – 11.35 am Welcome and objectives
Prof. Denis Sarigiannis – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, URBANOME Project Coordinator
11.35 – 12.05 pm The URBANOME approach
Overview of the approach towards personal exposure assessment to health and wellbeing, including questions and answers
Prof. Denis Sarigiannis – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
12.05 – 12.30 pm Interactive sessions
Co-creative approach to discuss the current URBANOME model in breakout rooms
Session moderated by Despoina Mantziari – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
12.30 – 12.55 pm Connecting the dots towards the URBANOME future approach
Interactive session towards the final approach for URBANOME in plenary room
Session moderated by Francesca Spagnoli & Spela Zalokar – European Network of Living Labs
12.55 – 1.00 pm Next steps and closing of the event
Prof. Denis Sarigiannis – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, URBANOME Project Coordinator
Thematic areas of focus:
- integrated impact assessment of urban policies in support of air quality, climate change, urban governance, and sustainable urban planning in EU Member States
- policy implementation and urban citizens’ behavioral responses to health and environment related policies and identification of vulnerable groups
- technologies and methods for determining external exposures, including GPS-enabled personal sensors, remote sensing, agent-based models and influence of SES in relation to exposure and disease causation
- state of the art modelling tools for Air Quality (AQ), sleep disorders, noise levels, green/blue spaces and impact on health and wellbeing
- methods for endogenous exposure, such as endogenous synthesis of harmful compounds, and current approaches for estimating health effects at the individual and community level.
The URBANOME approach:
URBANOME promotes an Urban Living Lab approach to study experiences of urban health and wellbeing across 9 European cities. The URBANOME approach is applied through a set of Urban Living Labs in Aarhus, Athens, Aberdeen, Madrid, Milan, Ljubljana, Stuttgart, Paris and Thessaloniki tackling various levels of environmental exposures, age-dependent susceptibility windows, inter-individual variability, gender differentiation of exposure, and socio-economic disparities.
The determinants of urban health and wellbeing are translated into evidence–based policy recommendations considering socio-economic and environmental factors leading to urban health inequalities.
URBANOME implements a quadruple helix approach to engage with citizens, industry, public authorities (e.g. policy makers) and academia bringing their own experiences, skills, knowledge and networks to the project. Our methodology allows the stakeholders to offer know-how and actively being involved in defining and solving the problem of urban health, wellbeing and livability in collaboration with each other.
About the URBANOME project:
Integration of health concerns, environmental stressors and social equality in public and private activities helps to alleviate a wide range of contemporary urban challenges, specifically social cohesion and health inequality, and promote the transition of European cities to sustainable, climate proof, smart and inclusive urban economies.
The URBAN OBSERVATORY FOR MULTI-PARTICIPATORY ENHANCEMENT OF HEALTH (Acronym: URBANOME) is a 4-year project that has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 Framework Programme under the Grant Agreement No – 945391 CS1-BHC-29-2020), aiming to build a common EU Framework for evaluating comprehensively multi-sector policies in urban settings supporting the “Health in all Policies” approach of WHO.
In this light, the overall objective of URBANOME is to promote urban health, wellbeing, and liveability, by systematically integrating health concerns in urban policies and the activities of urban citizens, based on environmental health determinants, the spatial distribution of these in the city, and the social distribution of their impact among different population groups, accounting for different lifestyles and behaviors.
The methodology of URBANOME critically explores approaches and methods across regions to act as an integrating mechanism for the research strands dealing with exposure inequality, physical and mental health and sleep quality, integrated sustainable policy, and governance.
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Denis SarigiannisProfessor, Department of Chemical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Denis Sarigiannis, M.S., PhD (University of California, Berkeley, USA) is a Professor specialising on environment and health issues at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Visiting Professor at the Master’s Program on Toxicology and Environmental Risk at the Medical School of the University of Pavia and senior scientist at the Chemical Assessment and Testing unit of the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (currently on leave). At the European Commission he has served as Scientific Coordinator of the IHCP, Action Leader for Consumer Product Safety and Quality and Community Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials, Action Leader for Human Exposure to Environmental Stressors and Health Effects and for Assessment of Chemicals at the European Chemicals Bureau, Scientific Assistant to the JRC Director General, Strategy Manager of the IHCP and as science advisor to the Greek Minister of the Environment. He was a principal contributor to the REACH Regulation and to the Environment and Health Action Plan and is currently a member of the Health and Environment Working Party and of the Health Security Committee. He has been pioneering efforts to coupling biology-based modelling with toxicogenomics discovery systems for developing a mechanistically based understanding of the health risk of environmental chemical mixtures. He is member of the international forum for evidence-based toxicology, of the scientific committee for chronic risks of INERIS, and secretary-general of MESAEP. He has contributed to the IPs HEIMTSA, 2-FUN, NO MIRACLE, HENVINET and, CAIR4HEALTH, HEREPLUS, TRANSPHORM, GENESIS, TAGS and INTERA.
Managing Director EnvE.X & Senior Scientist at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Spyridon KarkitsiosManaging Director EnvE.X & Senior Scientist at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Dr. Spyros Karakitsios is an Exposure Biology Scientist, graduate from the Science and Culture Selection Curriculum of the Department of Physics of the University of Ioannina with a grade of Excellent (1st in his class), with an MSc in Chemical, Environmental and Computational Simulation Technology from the Department of Chemistry, and a PhD from the Department of Biological Applications and Technologies of the University of Ioannina. He then spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at the European Commission's Joint Research Center at the Consumer Health and Protection Institute (JRC - IHCP). His research is summarized in topics related to the science of the interaction of the environment in human health from chemical exposure, taking into account the physical, chemical and biological / biochemical processes that take place from the stages of industrial production of chemicals and their release, their course in the environment and how they end up affecting the human body, making the most of the results of experimental techniques and measurements (including sensors), using appropriate models. For the originality and importance of the processes and techniques it implements and proposes for chemical hazard analysis, he was awarded by the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) in 2017 with the CEFIC-LRI - Long Range Research Initiative Award related to the assessment of risks from chemical mixtures.
Thessaloniki Active & Healthy Ageing Living Lab
Despoina MantziariThessaloniki Active & Healthy Ageing Living Lab
Despoina Mantziari holds a University Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a MS in Journalism and New Media with specific expertise on public awareness and news content verification, both of them from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in "Collaborative Communication Environments for the Self-Management of Older Adults" at the AUTH School of Journalism & the Medical Physics Lab. She recently started her studies at the Hellenic Open University in the "Aging and Chronic Diseases Management" Master’s Programme. She has been working since 2018, as a Research Associate in research programs of the AUTH Medical Physics Lab and the Thessaloniki Active & Healthy Ageing Living Lab (Thess-AHALL), with a special focus on participatory research and social innovation initiatives for the enhancement of the Quality of Life (QoL) of older adults and other vulnerable groups, community building and stakeholders’ engagement (H2020: SISCODE, CAPTAIN, LifeChamps, URBANOME / ERASMUS +: AD-AUTONOMY, ERMAT), as well as on the communication and dissemination activities, related to the research outcomes of the Laboratory. Her research interests include the Responsible Research & Innovation, citizens science and co-creation as new pathways of public awareness and participatory reasearch. She has former experience as journalist, as well as in media monitoring and public relations. She has been research assistant of the Media Informatics Lab of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Professor, Robert Gordon University
Richard LaingProfessor, Robert Gordon University
I have particular expertise in the areas of collaboration (between parties, groups and individuals) and participation (of stakeholders and the wide community) in research. This has often drawn on my knowledge of emerging digital technologies, where the associated methods are driven by a desire to identify and make use of innovative ways to communicate with target groups. This expertise has been developed across two decades of work funded by EU Framework programmes, Interreg and through direct research commissions.
International Project Manager
Spela ZalokarInternational Project Manager
Spela Zalokar, is a Communications Officer and International Project Manager at ENoLL. As a project manager, she is working on the Urban Nature Labs (UNALAB) project in which she is focusing on the co-creation activities and the uptake of Urban Living Labs in several European cities. The game which will be played at the OpenLivingLab Days is a combination of several different areas of work within the project. Using the serious games approach, concepts dealt with in UNALAB (such as Urban Living Labs, co-creation tools and Nature-Based Solutions) are combined in an interesting and playful way and thus accessible to all types of audience.
Head of Projects, European Network of Living Labs
Francesca SpagnoliHead of Projects, European Network of Living Labs
Francesca is a Senior Project Manager, a Researcher and a Professor. She is passionate about understanding the impacts of ICT on citizens and the human factor behind technologies, as well as enthusiast about open innovation, end user engagement methodologies and smart cities. She holds a Master Degree in Media and Communications and a PhD in Economics (on Innovation Technology) from the University of Rome La Sapienza (2015), Italy. Francesca has worked as Senior PM and Coordinator of several international projects for governments, research centers and SMEs in different fields). In 2013, Francesca has been appointed as Young Researcher Ambassador from the European Commission. She has been the coordinator of the European Researchers’ Night from 2014 to 2017, organising more than 150 events throughout Italy. In ENoLL she is acting as an external experts on EU funded projects, providing her expertise on end-user engagement, citizen-centred methodologies for co-creation and researching methodologies to enact open innovation in cities.
Senior Research Associate, Jožef Stefan Institute, Department of Environmental sciences, Slovenia
David KocmanSenior Research Associate, Jožef Stefan Institute, Department of Environmental sciences, Slovenia
David Kocman is a Senior Research Associate and Head of Environmental Informatics group within the Department of Environmental Sciences at Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia. His research interests focus on understanding of physical, chemical and biological processes that influence the environment, with emphasis on anthropogenically perturbed environments. His experience is in environmental data analysis, spatial data acquisition and management, participatory sensing using novel sensing technologies, citizen science approaches and testing of Citizens Observatory concepts for the assessment of exposure of human populations. He was involved in variety of multidisciplinary national and EU funded projects including CITI-SENSE, HEALS, ICARUS, SMURBS and CitieS-Health.
Research Associate, University of Stuttgart
Dorothea SchmidResearch Associate, University of Stuttgart
Dorothea Schmid, M.Sc. is a researcher at the Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use, University of Stuttgart with a university degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. She leads the research group Technology Assessment and Environmental Analysis within the Energy Economics and Social Analysis department. Her research focuses on the development and assessment of efficient and effective emission reduction and climate change mitigation strategies addressing in particular health and environmental impacts caused by air pollutants and potential co-benefits. She has experience in working with environmental data, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis as well as multicriteria analysis. Recently, she has been involved in the Horizon 2020 projects REEEM and ICARUS, with a focus on integrated assessments of energy transitions and city transformation pathways towards more sustainable and climate-friendly systems.