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 (Policy briefs, etc.). One of the foreseen awareness raising activities tarheting the citizens, teachers and students at all levels, are the below MOOCs developed by MEdIES.

Two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Odour Pollution

Within D-NOSES, MEdIES developed rwo Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) inviting online users to learn and explore the not so-well-known problem of odour pollution, gain understanding about its causes & impacts and get ideas on what we can do about it. In this regard, the first MOOC which targets the general public, is more informative, while the second, which targets the educators proposes, also, a set of learning activiries and lesson plans for all age groups. Both MOOCs are provifed free of charge. 

MOOC contents

  • Getting to know odour pollution
  • Issues linked to odour pollution/impact 
  • Inclusion of citizens in odour management processes (measuring, monitorinr, reporting on odours)
  • (Educators) Learning activities and lesson plans from kidengarten to upper secondary level

 It takes approximately 3 hours to complete the MOOC for citizens and about 6 hours for the one for educators.

The MOOCs are available in many languages: English, Spanish, Greek and Portuguerse.

How to acess the MOOCs

1.  Make an account at  https://dnoses.envirolearning.net by clicking “sign up for free”

2. Please 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 and language of your choice, and learn at your own pace.

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

7. Complete the MOOC and get your certificate !

more information

MOOCs for the public & educators: https://dnoses.envirolearning.net/dashboard

D-NOSES Project:  http://dnoses.eu

International Odour Observatory:  http://odourobservatory.org 

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