• Citizen Observatories: Empowering European Society Open Conference-4th December 2014. WeSenseIt is pleased to announce that we will be speaking at this event which will take place at Management Centre Europe, Belgium along with our sister projects OmniscientisCitclopsCOBWEB and Citi-Sense
  • STARLAB were interviewed on Spanish national public radio on 3rd September to discuss the citizens observatories involved in the WeSenseIt Project. The interview was part of a programme called Europa Abeita which focuses on European policy and news.
  • Dr McCarthy will present Wehn et al. paper on UK flood storage implementation at , Brazil
  • Dr Stuart Wrigley will present Low-cost watercourse sensing for flood management and citizen engagement (co-authored with Prof. Fabio Ciravegna) at the Annual Conference of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), 2-5 September, Aberystwyth, UK.
  • EC Press Release: ‘Faster, more accurate flood warnings through EU research
    The EC have released an article this week showcasing WeSenseIt’s new mobile apps. The article below states how communities can contribute, by taking measurements using WeSenseIt’s new mobile apps by sending information and images by mobile phone.
  • UNESCO-IHE showcase WeSenseIt Project work at 8th GEO European Projects’ Workshop
    The European Commission hosted the 8th Geo European Projects’ Workshop (GEPW-8) which took place in Athens, Greece on 12-13 June 2014. The idea of the workshop was to bring together all those interested or actively involved in contributing to the Global Earth Observatories System of Systems (GEOSS) from around Europe. Leonardo Alfonso from UNESCO-IHE represented the WeSenseIt Project and showcased the project’s work with the presentation for ‘Citizen Observatory and GEOSS: WeSenseIt conceptual integration’.
  • EPPICS and WeSenseIt support the evacuation of 30,000 people in Vicenza
    On 25th of April 2014, WeSenseIt and EPPICS supported the City Council in Vicenza (Italy) in evacuating 30,000 people in order to allow the defusal of a 4,000-pound war world II bomb. The projects provided the organisers with technology for monitoring social media over large scale and for decision-making based on on-ground evidence. The team sat in the main control room where the Mayor of the City Achille Variati and the head of the Italian Civil Protection Mr Franco Gabrielli directed the operation. The projects provided the Civil Protection with information and coordination assistance.In particular K-Now Ltd developed a combined mobile/desktop application that enabled the emergency teams to coordinate, as well as to report issues to the control room. The tool was operated together with Quinary and the Alto Adriatico Water Authority.The University of Sheffield provided the technology for large scale social media monitoring which was operated jointly with K-Now. They analysed hundreds of thousands of social media messages to identify critical situations as seen through the eyes of the citizens, as well as to identify signals from inside the evacuated area that could point to people being stuck there.The operation was very successful. The contribution given by the group to the operation was publically commended by the Mayor of the city Mr Achille Variati.During the day the technology was presented to several high official of the Italian and Regional Civil Protection, including the head of the Italian Civil Protection Mr Franco Gabrielli. The operation was organised by Dr Michele Ferri from Alto Adriatico Water Authority as coordinator of Work package 2.The operation was covered by media all over the world, including the national television.
  • Prof Fabio Ciravegna has been featured in an article titled ‘Putting the citizen at the centre of flood prevention‘ which has been published on the Horizon 2020 website.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Uta Wehn and Dr. Jaap Evers who have been nominated for the best paper award at ICT4S 2014
    Dr. Uta Wehn (Senior Lecturer/Researcher in Capacity Development and Innovation) and Dr. Jaap Evers (Lecturer in River Basin Governance), both at UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, have been nominated for the Best Paper Award at ICT4S 2014. Altogether 8 papers are nominated and will compete for the award.
  • March 30th exercise of civil protection against the hydrogeological risk
    An exercise of civil protection to counter the hydrogeological risk was held on Sunday 30th March by the City of Vicenza and by the Basin rivers Isonzo, Tagliamento, Livenza, Piave, and Brenta-Bacchiglione. 134 volunteers were involved along with fifty researchers and technicians.The exercise, named “Aquadike WeSenseIt Vicenza”, is the result of the synergy between the Civil Protection of the City of Vicenza and the Authority Basin. The authority’s aim is the new mobile barriers for the safety of hydraulic Ponte degli Angeli and to experience an application for Android smartphone to the exchange of information between citizens and the Civil Protection Authorities investigated within the European project WeSenseIt. Read more…
  • Research Team Hopes to Improve World Health Using ‘Citizen-Sensors’
    Enterprising researchers and students at the University of California, San Diego are looking for funding to complete a “citizen-sensor” project that, they hope, will revolutionize global health and environmental monitoring – especially in remote and undeveloped areas of the planet. Read more…
  • Workshop: Realising the potential – Citizen observatories for social innovation and sustainability
    Realising the potential: Citizen observatories for social innovation and sustainability. Co-located with 2nd International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S 2014), 24-27 August 2014. Organiser: Dr. Uta Wehn de Montalvo, UNESCO-IHE Institute of Water Education.
  • GEO Exhibition – Geneva – 14th-17th January 2014. WeSenseIt is pleased to announce that we will be speaking at the GEO Exhibition in Geneva over the 14th-17th January 2014. We will be presenting at the EU Speakers Corner Stand and at the Citizens observatory presentation during the course of the event. In addition we will be presenting alongside our sister projects OmniscientisCitclopsCOBWEB and Citi-Sense


  • The Mobile University 2013. The University of Sheffield is once again bringing research to the public with ‘The Mobile University’.A 1960’s vintage double-decker bus will be transformed into a lecture theatre for three days (27-29 September 2013) and travel round the city centre, parking in Barkers Pool, The Moor and Devonshire Green to give free mini-lectures to the general public. The public will be invited to sit on the top deck and learn about everything from astrophysics to ornithology in a series of 20 minute slots running from 11am-5pm. On the final day the bus will be transformed into an acoustic music venue for live music hosted by The Harley pub from 4:30pm.Professor Fabio Ciravegna and Dr Stuart Wrigley from WeSenseIt will be demonstrating some of the developing sensors from the WeSenseIt project at 2:30-2:50pm on Sunday 29th September opposite Devonshire Green.Title: Involving citizens to monitor rivers: from social media to flying drones
  • Flooding in Vicenza
    Since 2pm BST on the 16th May WeSenseIt has been following the flooding in Vicenza, one of our case study areas in Italy. The TRIDS technology developed at the University of Sheffield has been used to monitor social media about the flooding, and demonstrate citizens participation in flooding events.The WeSenseIt facebook page which can be found at follows updates from the government and links to pictures uploaded by citizens in the area. Come and take a look, we will continue to monitor the river height and the alert alarms being sounded in the city throughout the day.
  • GEO European Projects’ Workshop (GEPW7) will take place in Barcelona from 15-16 April 2013. The event, which will be hosted by CREAF (Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications) of the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona, is intended to bring all those interested in and actively contributing to the GEOSS from all over Europe together in order to present their work and actively discuss how Europe can contribute to GEO and GEOSS.
  • Coordination meeting with sister projects (Citclops, CITI-SENSE, COBWEB and Omniscientis) is planned for end of January in Brussels, Belgium. Our Agenda and the topics we will be discussing can be seen here.
  • The next meeting of the WeSenseIt project is planned for end of January 2013 in Delft, The Netherlands at Unesco IHE’s site.


  • The WeSenseIt project has been monitoring the floods in the UK (Doncaster) and Italy (Vicenza) as part of Workpackage 6, use cases during November and December 2012.
  • The WeSenseIt Project kicked Off today in Venice at The Isola di San Servolo.