Empowering citizens with Responsible Research and Innovation, citizen science and co-creation tools in order to co-design odour pollution control measures at local, national and global levels.


Odour pollution is the second reason for citizens’ complaints after noise, across Europe. It has adverse impacts on human health since frequent exposure can lead to headaches, stress and respiratory problems. It is an indicator of larger environmental issues such as poor waste management, polluted water, etc. Nevertheless, odour pollution is repeatedly ignored in environmental legislation with few studies conducted and scarce statistics available.


Along these lines, since 2018 MIO-ECSDE is partner in the EU funded D-NOSES “Distributed Network for Odour Sensing, Empowerment and Sustainability” Programme, an Horizon 2020 specific programme with and for society SWafA). The project aims to empower citizens through Responsible Research and Innovation, Citizen Science and co-creation tools in order for them to design odour pollution control measures at local, national and global levels.


The programme lasts three years (April 2018-March 2021) engaging 14 Partners from Bulgaria, Spain, UK, Germany, Greece, Austria, Italy, Portugal, and Chile. Key expected outcomes concern the elaboration of pilot cases studies of local communities suffering from odour pollution, the development of innovative web applications and platforms to monitor and communicate odour pollution and namely, the International Odour Observatory and the OdourCollectApp as well as  a series of engagement plans and toolkits, advocacy and outreach tools (plan, policy briefs, etc.) and organisation of awareness raising activities targeting the citizens, teachers and students at all levels, among which a Massive Online Course (MOOC) on Odour Pollution, developed by MEdIES. 

Within the project, MEdIES developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) inviting the learners to explore the not so-well-known problem of odour pollution, gain understanding about the causes & impacts of odour pollution and be informed of what we, as citizens can do about odour pollution.

Two MOOCs have been developed: one for the general public and one for educators. The general MOOC includes three Modules while the MOOC for educators includes a forth one with proposed lesson plans and educational activities!

Module 1 focuses on how odours are perceived, what characteristics and parameters the various odours have and what causes odour pollution.

Module 2 is dedicated to the health, social, environmental and economic impacts of odour pollution.

Module 3 discusses the legislative framework of odour pollution, the common methods used to measure odour and the D-NOSES approach which empowers citizens to complain, report and co-design local solutions.

Easy free access to the MOOC:

1. Visit: dnoses.envirolearning.net

2.  Register by clicking “sign up for free”

3. Enter your email, username, password, gender and age. You will receive an email to confirm your account. Don’t forget to confirm it!

4. Enroll to the MOOC.

5. Learn at your own pace.

6. Track your progress any time: completed units are marked!

7. Complete the MOOC – it takes approximately 3 hours.

8. Get your certificate if you have answered all questions & completed the final test!

more information ABOUT:

The D-NOSES Project at http://dnoses.eu

The International Odour Observatory at  http://odourobservatory.org 

The Odour Collect App to report on odours from https://odourcollect.eu