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A Collective Awareness Platform for Promoting Dark Skies in Europe

Objective

WHY: 2015 has been named by the United Nations as the International Year of Light (light2015.org). Light has had many obvious benefits for human mankind, but it also poses some relevant threats: the everyday-increasing excess of light thrown by humans to the sky seriously threatens to remove forever one of humanity’s natural wonders, the view of our universe. More importantly, it has also an adverse impact on our environment and economy (energy wasted to the sky costs 2 billion US$ per year in the USA and 6,3 billion € per year in Europe) and on the health of hundreds of species, including pathologies in human beings (e.g., stress, insomnia). Many professional and amateur scientists are already fighting against light pollution. However, it is necessary to increase social awareness about the importance of preserving the darkness of our cities and environment.

WHAT: STARS4ALL will create an Light Pollution Initiative (LPI) incubation platform that will allow generating (and maintaining) customizable on-demand domain-focused LPIs (e.g., a light pollution working group in Brussels). The platform will be self-sustainable: it will integrate a crowdfunding tool to obtain funding for the LPIs; it will consider incentives that motivate citizens to participate in LPIs, as well as policies to handle those incentives; and it will provide innovations in data acquisition from sensors deployed by citizens and in games with a purpose.

HOW: STARS4ALL will initially deploy 10 LPIs, which will be available by the end of the 1st semester of project execution, and will be operating and creating collective awareness during the rest of the project. At that moment we pave the way the creation of other LPIs by citizens, specially in other disciplines such as Energy Saving, Biodiversity, and Human Health, and will organize open competitions among them.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/pathology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/psychiatry/sleep disorders

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 568 130

Participants (8)

CEFRIEL SOCIETA CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 236 250
Address
Viale Sarca 226
20126 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 236 250
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EUROPEAN CROWDFUNDING NETWORK
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 78 750
Address
Rue Montoyer 51 Neo Building 7Ieme Etage
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ET D'INDUSTRIE DE REGION PARIS ILE-DE-FRANCE

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 60 724,50
Address
Avenue De Friedland 27
75382 Paris
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
INSTITUTO DE ASTROFISICA DE CANARIAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 173 260
Address
Calle Via Lactea
38205 San Cristobal De La Laguna
Activity type
Research Organisations
FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 240 000
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 248 750
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASOCIACION ESCP EUROPE, ESPANA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 128 025,50
Address
Cl Arroyofresno 1
28035 Madrid
Activity type
Other