i3 Academy - 1st Workshop
i3 (Impact Innovate Invest) is a coordination and support action, led by iMinds-SMIT, which is designed to promote a closer relationship between researchers and entrepreneurs in the Social Media and Convergence domain. Our goal is to provide mentorship and tutorship as well as access to angel investors (also planning cooperation and partnerships with ongoing European actions, like Startup Europe), corporates, institutions and media in order to help you in accessing the market and scaling internationally within the EU; we do this via our i3 Academy through selected workshops/masterclasses, events and exploitation activities. Join our 1st one at iMinds-SMIT on 7th July.
See for more info: http://www.i3project.eu/news-posts/1st-workshop-and-masterclass/
hackAIR Project Kick-Off
hackAIR: collective awareness for air quality

European project creates tools for 
citizens’ observatories on air pollution


Thessaloniki, January 2016. iMinds-SMIT-VUB, together with a consortium of five other partners in five European countries, has launched a project to develop an open technology toolkit for citizens’ observatories on air quality. The project hackAIR is supported through the EU programme on “Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation” until December 2018. 

“Air pollution is the single environmental issue Europeans worry about the most, and many do not feel sufficiently informed about air quality issues in their country. Air pollution, and more specifically particulate matter, shortens people’s lifespan and contributes to serious illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer”, says Arne Fellermann, air quality campaigner for Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND).

At the same time, it remains difficult for citizens to assess where and when they are exposed to air pollution from particulate matter. Official sensors are often few and far between, and their data is not always easily accessible. The hackAIR toolkit aims to complement official data with a number of community-driven data sources, including:

    • an easy-to-build open hardware sensor module that transmits regular air quality measurements via Bluetooth;
    • air quality information derived from mobile phone pictures of the sky; and
    • a low-tech measuring setup involving vacuum cleaners and coffee filters.

“This crowd-sourced air quality data will provide citizens with improved information about air pollution levels where they live. This will be useful for people who like to exercise outside, look after children or the elderly or suffer from respiratory problems themselves. It will also allow for a conversation in the local community about possible improvements in air quality”, says Evangelos Kosmidis, managing director of DRAXIS Environmental Technologies. 

The combination of both official open and community-driven data will thus contribute towards both individual and collective awareness about air quality in Europe, hereby encouraging changes in behaviour towards air quality. Within the project, effective engagement strategies for monitoring air pollution and encouraging behavioural change towards air quality will be explored. 

In 2016, the project partners will conduct a set of co-creation workshops with user communities and other involved stakeholders to determine needs and expectations and inform and evaluate the software design. The full platform is expected to be available for selected cities in 2017. 

The consortium consists of Draxis Environmental S.A., the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Friends of the Earth Germany, ON:SUBJECT and the SMIT Center for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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For further information and to get involved, sign up for updates at www.hackair.eu or follow us on Twitter @hack_AIR. 

Project coordinator:             Dr. Machi Simeonidou, msimeonidou@draxis.gr

Media contact:         Wiebke Herding, wiebke@onsubject.eu



This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 688363.
Ludic City 4: Brussels at Play
On Thursday 10th of December 2015, the fourth edition of the ‘Ludic City’ lectures took place. These lectures organized by iMinds-SMIT, VUB in collaboration with DiGRA Flanders, focus on gaming and play in relation to the public environment, and urban and everyday culture.

In this fourth edition, we had four speakers with us who are all active in Brussels. They offered their particular perspective on play and games, presenting the role that play and games have in their work practice: as an instrument and process for socio-cultural work (Eric Gijssen, Maks vzw), a product and work of art in game development (Sven Van de Perre, Monkube), social glue in the coming together of people at a festival (Nicolas Boseret, Brussels Games Festival), and a topic for research and reflection in academia (Katleen Gabriels, VUB). Host of the evening – as in previous editions - was Lizzy Bleumers, researcher at iMinds-SMIT, and member of DiGRA Flanders.

Eric Gijssen kicked off the evening with a presentation on how Maks vzw works to foster media literacy through coding and game-making. He was followed by Sven Van de Perre, who discussed game-making within a different context; that of indie development. As abstract board games were one of the inspirations for Sven’s game studio Monkube, the connection with our third speaker became clear. Nicolas Boseret elaborated on the Brussels Games Festival, which hosts a multitude of board games, and he shared with us just how diverse the group of board game authors is. Finally, Katleen Gabriels, took us in a different direction, considering the ethical aspects of applying game design elements to influence people’s attitudes and behaviors.

It was a special edition, which provided a unique glimpse of Brussels. With such great vibes and a highly interactive audience, we are already making plans for a fifth edition next year.

Note: The idea for the Ludic City lecture was first proposed and organized by researcher Lizzy Bleumers four years ago with a twofold goal. Firstly, it is meant to explore work on the intersection of two ongoing research lines at iMinds-SMIT: gaming and play research (e.g. WOOPI-project on hybrid play) and smart city research (e.g. ECIM-project on mobility). In addition, it is intended to give the audience a broader perspective on how games and play can be part of everyday life. As such, it also serves to disseminate game-related work and inspire collaborations. This is an important task for DiGRA Flanders (Digital Games Research Association) with which we team up for this event, and in which Lizzy is a member of the organising committee.
hackAIR Project Kick-Off
hackAIR: collective awareness for air quality

European project creates tools for 
citizens’ observatories on air pollution


Thessaloniki, January 2016. iMinds-SMIT-VUB, together with a consortium of five other partners in five European countries, has launched a project to develop an open technology toolkit for citizens’ observatories on air quality. The project hackAIR is supported through the EU programme on “Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation” until December 2018. 

“Air pollution is the single environmental issue Europeans worry about the most, and many do not feel sufficiently informed about air quality issues in their country. Air pollution, and more specifically particulate matter, shortens people’s lifespan and contributes to serious illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer”, says Arne Fellermann, air quality campaigner for Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND).

At the same time, it remains difficult for citizens to assess where and when they are exposed to air pollution from particulate matter. Official sensors are often few and far between, and their data is not always easily accessible. The hackAIR toolkit aims to complement official data with a number of community-driven data sources, including:

    • an easy-to-build open hardware sensor module that transmits regular air quality measurements via Bluetooth;
    • air quality information derived from mobile phone pictures of the sky; and
    • a low-tech measuring setup involving vacuum cleaners and coffee filters.

“This crowd-sourced air quality data will provide citizens with improved information about air pollution levels where they live. This will be useful for people who like to exercise outside, look after children or the elderly or suffer from respiratory problems themselves. It will also allow for a conversation in the local community about possible improvements in air quality”, says Evangelos Kosmidis, managing director of DRAXIS Environmental Technologies. 

The combination of both official open and community-driven data will thus contribute towards both individual and collective awareness about air quality in Europe, hereby encouraging changes in behaviour towards air quality. Within the project, effective engagement strategies for monitoring air pollution and encouraging behavioural change towards air quality will be explored. 

In 2016, the project partners will conduct a set of co-creation workshops with user communities and other involved stakeholders to determine needs and expectations and inform and evaluate the software design. The full platform is expected to be available for selected cities in 2017. 

The consortium consists of Draxis Environmental S.A., the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Friends of the Earth Germany, ON:SUBJECT and the SMIT Center for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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For further information and to get involved, sign up for updates at www.hackair.eu or follow us on Twitter @hack_AIR. 

Project coordinator:             Dr. Machi Simeonidou, msimeonidou@draxis.gr

Media contact:         Wiebke Herding, wiebke@onsubject.eu



This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 688363.
hackAIR Project Kick-Off
hackAIR: collective awareness for air quality

European project creates tools for 
citizens’ observatories on air pollution


Thessaloniki, January 2016. iMinds-SMIT-VUB, together with a consortium of five other partners in five European countries, has launched a project to develop an open technology toolkit for citizens’ observatories on air quality. The project hackAIR is supported through the EU programme on “Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation” until December 2018. 

“Air pollution is the single environmental issue Europeans worry about the most, and many do not feel sufficiently informed about air quality issues in their country. Air pollution, and more specifically particulate matter, shortens people’s lifespan and contributes to serious illnesses such as heart disease, respiratory problems and cancer”, says Arne Fellermann, air quality campaigner for Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND).

At the same time, it remains difficult for citizens to assess where and when they are exposed to air pollution from particulate matter. Official sensors are often few and far between, and their data is not always easily accessible. The hackAIR toolkit aims to complement official data with a number of community-driven data sources, including:

    • an easy-to-build open hardware sensor module that transmits regular air quality measurements via Bluetooth;
    • air quality information derived from mobile phone pictures of the sky; and
    • a low-tech measuring setup involving vacuum cleaners and coffee filters.

“This crowd-sourced air quality data will provide citizens with improved information about air pollution levels where they live. This will be useful for people who like to exercise outside, look after children or the elderly or suffer from respiratory problems themselves. It will also allow for a conversation in the local community about possible improvements in air quality”, says Evangelos Kosmidis, managing director of DRAXIS Environmental Technologies. 

The combination of both official open and community-driven data will thus contribute towards both individual and collective awareness about air quality in Europe, hereby encouraging changes in behaviour towards air quality. Within the project, effective engagement strategies for monitoring air pollution and encouraging behavioural change towards air quality will be explored. 

In 2016, the project partners will conduct a set of co-creation workshops with user communities and other involved stakeholders to determine needs and expectations and inform and evaluate the software design. The full platform is expected to be available for selected cities in 2017. 

The consortium consists of Draxis Environmental S.A., the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Friends of the Earth Germany, ON:SUBJECT and the SMIT Center for Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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For further information and to get involved, sign up for updates at www.hackair.eu or follow us on Twitter @hack_AIR. 

Project coordinator:             Dr. Machi Simeonidou, msimeonidou@draxis.gr

Media contact:         Wiebke Herding, wiebke@onsubject.eu



This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 688363.
 On February 10th, Prof. Dr. Ben Van Rompuy - member of SMIT's policy research unit - was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme and Victoria Derbyshire's BBC 2 News Channel show on betting-related corruption in tennis. The Guardian has revealed that that two international umpires have been banned on charges of matchfixing in the past year, while four others are currently under investigation for taking bribes from betting syndicates in exchange of manipulating live scores at the International Tennis Federation’s Futures tournaments.
SavingFood is a new H2020 funded project, kicked off in January 2016. The project aims to offer a novel approach to tackle food waste, by turning this environmental issue into an innovative solution to fight hunger through the redistribution of surplus food to welfare organisations that support people in need. 

Leveraging on the collaborative power of social networks, on crowdsourcing applications and open data sources SavingFood fosters the creation and sharing of knowledge that can activate the collective intelligence of people and lead to highly cooperative behaviours and enhanced lifestyles.

Coordinated by ViLabs, the SavingFood consortium includes partners with strong expertise in campaigns and practices against food waste, in IT development as well as in social research and analysis: Boroume, IT Innovation, HFA (Hungarian Food Bank Association), FILAB, FEEDBACK and iMinds.

Moving forward from existing food redistribution channels, the mission of SavingFood is to create a social movement for reducing food waste…

We are up to the challenge!

For further information and to get involved, sign up for updates at http://savingfood.eu/ or follow us on Twitter @saving_food
VACATURE 3 DOCTORAATSBURSALEN KENNISCENTRUM CULTUUR- EN MEDIAPARTICIPATIE (UGENT EN VUB)
VACATURE 3 DOCTORAATSBURSALEN KENNISCENTRUM CULTUUR- EN MEDIAPARTICIPATIE (UGENT EN VUB) 

Specificaties: 
  • Uiterste inschrijvingsdatum: 7-11-2016 
  • Tewerkstelling: voltijds 
  • Type contract: bepaalde duur (1 jaar), met een uitbreiding naar 4 jaar mogelijk na positieve evaluatie 
  • Diploma: Master in de sociologie / Master in de communicatiewetenschappen (met grondige kennis van statistiek) 
  • Plaatsen van tewerkstelling: 
    • Vakgroep Sociologie Universiteit Gent 
    • Vakgroep Sociologie Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
    • ?Vakgroep Communicatiewetenschappen Vrije Universiteit Brussel 

Functie – inhoud: 

Het Kenniscentrum Cultuur- en Mediaparticipatie is een samenwerkingsverband tussen drie onderzoeksgroepen: 
  • Onderzoeksgroep CuDOS – Vakgroep Sociologie aan de UGent 
  • Onderzoeksgroep TOR – Vakgroep Sociologie aan de VUB 
  • Onderzoeksgroep SMIT – Vakgroep Communicatiewetenschappen aan de VUB 
Het Kenniscentrum Cultuur- en Mediaparticipatie verricht onderzoek naar de participatie van de Vlaamse bevolking aan het cultuur- en mediagebeuren. Naast het monitoren van participatiegegevens verricht het kenniscentrum diepgaand onderzoek naar onder meer sociale ongelijkheid in cultuur- en mediaparticipatie, belemmeringen voor deelname, belevingsaspecten verbonden aan participatie, cultuureducatie, mediawijsheid, etc. Daarbij wordt vooral gesteund op eigen surveymateriaal (o.m. de vijfjaarlijkse participatiesurvey, publieksonderzoek en tijdsbudgetgegevens). 

In het kader van onze onderzoeksactiviteiten zoeken we drie jonge onderzoekers. Deze onderzoekers zullen allen meewerken aan de verdere valorisatie van de voorbije drie Participatiesurveys (voor meer informatie over deze surveys: www.participatiesurvey.be) en de voorbereiding van en eerste analyses op de Participatiesurvey 2019. Daarnaast verrichten zij specifieke werkzaamheden binnen een van de drie volgende onderzoeksgroepen en hun onderzoekslijnen: 
  1. Onderzoeksgroep CuDOS – Vakgroep Sociologie – UGent (Prof. dr. John Lievens)

    Binnen deze onderzoeksgroep ligt de focus op kunsten- en erfgoedparticipatie. De onderzoeker zal de deelname aan kunsten en erfgoed op basis van zowel Vlaamse als internationale data in kaart brengen. Daarbij zal bijzondere aandacht worden besteed aan trends in participatiegedrag en de uitdieping van generatieverschillen. Naast de aandacht voor het bezoek en de actieve deelname aan kunst- en erfgoedinitiatieven zal binnen deze onderzoekslijn ook de rol van cultuureducatie voor cultuurparticipatie worden bestudeerd (en dit met bijzondere focus op kansengroepen). 
     
  2. Onderzoeksgroep TOR – Vakgroep Sociologie aan de VUB (Prof. dr. Ignace Glorieux) 
Deze onderzoekslijn focust op de participatie aan het lokale cultuuraanbod, met een nadruk op twee van zijn centrale instellingen: de openbare bibliotheek en de cultuur- en gemeenschapscentra. Om de participatie aan beiden in kaart te brengen zal de onderzoeker zich baseren op verschillende databanken (vnl. participatiesurveys en gebruikersonderzoeken). Daarnaast zal de onderzoeker zich toeleggen op tijdsbestedingsstudies op basis waarvan kan worden nagegaan in welke mate bepaalde drempels tot cultuurparticipatie inherent zijn aan bepaalde tijdsbestedingspatronen (zorg voor jonge kinderen, bepaalde werktijden, …) of meer algemeen hoe bepaalde aspecten van cultuurparticipatie (bv. lokaal, cultuur binnenshuis, …) inherent zijn aan bepaalde tijdsbestedingspatronen.
  1. Onderzoeksgroep SMIT – Vakgroep Communicatiewetenschappen aan de VUB (Prof. dr. Ike Picone) 
De onderzoeker die binnen de Onderzoeksgroep SMIT tewerkgesteld zal worden, zal zich toeleggen op onderzoek naar media- en digitale participatie. De onderzoeker zal onderzoek verrichten naar de manier waarop mensen omgaan met media, zowel als bron van informatie en cultuurbeleving (participatie door media) als als kanaal om zelf inhoud en cultuurproducten te creëren en verspreiden (participatie in media). Meer specifiek zal binnen deze onderzoekslijn, gebruik makend van de participatiesurveys, onderzoek verricht worden naar nieuwsvergaring en –beleving, het gebruik van de digitale media als kanaal voor de creatie en verspreiding van (culturele) inhouden, de combinatie van verschillende mediabronnen en –inhouden, en mediawijsheid. 

Je profiel: 
  • Je bent master in de sociologie of master in communicatiewetenschappen 
  • Je hebt interesse voor kwantitatief onderzoek en hebt een sterke achtergrond in gevorderde kwantitatieve methodologie en analysetechnieken 
  • Je hebt een goede kennis van statistische software pakketten (SPSS, MLwin, etc.) 
  • Je hebt je kunnen onderscheiden in de opleiding 
  • Je hebt interesse in cultuur- en mediabeleid en beleidsgericht onderzoek 
  • Je hebt ambitie om te doctoreren 
  • Je beschikt over een scherpe pen en goede presentatievaardigheden 
  • Je bent een teamspeler, maar je kan eveneens zelfstandig werken

Wij bieden: 
  • een voltijdse tewerkstelling als doctoraatsbursaal vanaf 1 januari 2017 tot eind december 2017, met een mogelijkheid tot verlenging tot december 2020 
  • tewerkstelling in een jong, dynamisch en hecht samenwerkend team van onderzoekers 
  • begeleiding bij het wetenschappelijke werk door ervaren wetenschappelijke onderzoekers 
  • mogelijkheden voor verdere professionele ontwikkeling (door deelname aan congressen, workshops en seminaries) 

Interesse? 

Voor meer inhoudelijke informatie kan je contact opnemen met Jessy Siongers (Jessy.Siongers@UGent.be, 0471/96 08 69) 

Om je kandidaat te stellen stuur je uiterlijk 7 november een beknopt CV en een motivatiebrief per e-mail naar Jessy.Siongers@UGent.be. In deze motivatiebrief dien je duidelijk aan te geven voor welke onderzoekslijn(en) je solliciteert en een korte motivatie te geven voor elke onderzoekslijn waarvoor je kandideert.