Research group

Environmental and Sustainability Participatory Information Systems

Understand, create and implement participatory information systems for decision-making favouring environmental sustainability.


EMBIMOS (EnvironMental and sustainaBility participatory InforMatiOn Systems) is an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on understanding, creating and implementing participatory information systems for decision-making favouring environmental sustainability.

EMBIMOS brings together researchers with extensive experience in citizen science, sustainability, environmental information systems, and the history and communication of science. Group participants bring together disciplines such as biology, electronic and environmental engineering, communication, the history of science, sustainability and environmental modelling. The group members have been part of the consolidation of regional citizen science networks such as the European Citizen Science Network (ECSA) and the Iberoamerican Participatory Science Network (RICAP), and actively support them. .

EMBIMOS comprehensively investigates the development of technological infrastructures for citizen science involving aspects of knowledge management, engagement and social transformation. The group seeks to understand the best ways to empower citizens through the generation and use of data and efficient and timely information, which allows them to be actively involved and contribute to decision-making and the development of public policy.  EMBIMOS develops applied research through projects in citizen science and citizen science observatories.
As a research group, EMBIMOS operates under the principles of open and collaborative science. The group seeks to promote cooperation ties between the different participation hélix such as civil society, non-governmental organizations, academia, industry, and policy makers.

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Project coordination: MINKE and Cos4Cloud

Citizen observatories: Minka and Natusfera

Co-Editors (with Anel·lides Serveis Ambientals Marins) of “Guia participativa marina del Barcelonès”

Organizers of the participatory activities BioMARató and UrbamarBio

  • Fraisl, Dilek; Campbell, Jillian; See, Linda; Wehn, Uta; Wardlaw, Jessica; Gold, Margaret; Moorthy, I.; Arias, Rosa; Piera, Jaume; Oliver, Jessica L.; Masó, Joan; Penker, Marianne; Fritz, Steffen;

    Mapping citizen science contributions to the UN sustainable development goals
  • García-Olivares, Antonio; Solé, Jordi; Samsó, Roger; Ballabrera-Poy, Joaquim;

    Sustainable European Transport System in a 100% Renewable Economy
  • Ceccaroni, Luigi; Piera, Jaume; Wernand, Marcel; Zielinski, Oliver; Busch, Julia A.; Woerd, Hendrik J. van der; Bardají, Raúl; Friedrichs, Anna; Novoa, Stéfani; Thijsse, Peter; Velickovski, Filip; Blaas, Meinte; Dubsky, Karin;

    Citclops: A next-generation sensor system for the monitoring of natural waters and a citizens' observatory for the assessment of ecosystems’ status
  • Bardají, Raúl; Sánchez, Albert-Miquel; Simon, Carine; Wernand, Marcel; Piera, Jaume;

    Estimating the Underwater Diffuse Attenuation Coefficient with a Low-Cost Instrument: The KdUINO DIY Buoy

    Sensors 16(3): 373 (2016)