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iSCAPE, Horizon 2020-project, officially kicked-off in Dublin    Sep 22, 2016

iSCAPE, Horizon 2020-project, officially kicked-off in Dublin
Sep 22, 2016


Prof. dr. ir. Ansar YASAR



With an inspiring three-day meeting, the European research project ‘iSCAPE’ was officially kicked-off in Dublin on September 6 to 8, 2016. The iSCAPE-project aims to improve the air quality in European cities and to reduce their carbon footprint.

Cities account for roughly 70 percent of global carbon emissions. They are crucial in the fight against climate change. iSCAPE, a Horizon 2020-project, aims to reduce the carbon footprint of European cities and thus to improve the air quality. “We will develop passive air remediation strategies, policy interventions and behavioural change initiatives to control the air quality and carbon emissions in European cities”, said Dr Francesco Pilla (Trinity College Dublin), coordinator of this project. The team will evaluate the benefits expected from the interventions on a neighbourhood and city-wide scale for several aspects ranging from quantification of pollutant concentration to exposure.

The kick-off meeting of iSCAPE, hosted by Trinity College Dublin, officially started the project. It brought together more than 30 participants including the EU project officer, researchers from nine different universities and representatives of the cities and companies. Prof. Dr Ansar Yasar and Prof. Dr Davy Janssens (IMOB, Hasselt University) attended this meeting. “During this meeting, we introduced each partner, defined the tasks and responsibilities and finalized the planning for the upcoming six months of the project. IMOB will work on identifying and simulating the effects of mobility on air quality and we will propose countermeasures based on several behavioural interventions.” A follow-up meeting is scheduled in six months’ time, which will take place in Barcelona.

Smart cities

iSCAPE start from the concept of smart cities. “Smart cities seek to tackle common urban challenges such as environmental pollution and engage citizens in order to achieve their goal. Within iSCAPE, we will deploy a network of air quality and meteorological sensors (both stationary and mobile). We promote the use of low-cost sensors and encourage citizens to participate in the use of alternative solutions to environmental problems”, said Dr Francesco Pilla (Trinity College Dublin).

The partners support sustainable urban development. Prof. Dr Ansar Yasar: “A more efficient infrastructure and urban planning offer the opportunity to decrease the carbon footprint. We therefore conduct research on theories about urban planning, public policy, urban and environmental sociology and urban geography.”

Horizon 2020-project

This project has received funding from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689954. The project is led by Dr Francesco Pilla, Prof. Brian Broderick, Dr Aonghus McNabola and Dr John Gallagher. It started in September 2016 and will finish after three years in 2019.

Consortium members

Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Università de Bologna (Italy)
University of Surrey (United Kingdom)
Finnish Meteorological Institute (Finland)
Transportation Research Institute, Hasselt University (Belgium)
Technische Universität Dortmund (Germany)
EC Joint Research Centre - Institute for Environment & Sustainability (European Commission)
Fab Lab Barcelona (Spain)
T6 Ecosystems srl (Italy)
Pureti Spain, S.L. (Spain)
Future Cities Catapult Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Dublin City Counicl (Ireland)
Comune di Catania (Italy)
Agenzia regionale per la prevenzione e l'ambiete dell' Emilia-Romagna (Italy)