Category Archives: Talks

BuioMetria Partecipativa for the Arte Clima project at Sequerciani (Southern Tuscany), Oct. 23, 2022

On Oct. 23, 2022, the Sequerciani farmhouse in Southern Tuscany hosted the “Polyphonic Narratives” event to present the Arte Clima project. There were talks by Ruedi Gerber, Marianne Burki, Li Zhenhua, Bignia Wehrli, Catherine Leutenegger, Liao Wenfeng, Alexandre Joly, Sigfried Zilinski, Andrea Giacomelli, and Frank Hatch.

Below, a moment of the Buiometria Partecipativa activities: Mauro Tirannosauro (who proposed in the past his Seeing the Milky Way by Day single to promote BuioMetria Partecipativa and night sky quality) is here with Matteo Verniani with a lux meter in the lawns by the farmhouse, at the end of the participatory measurements.

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Sharing the Perception of Credibility in Participatory Investigation (2019) – draft

Noisy-Champs (Paris, France) Feb. 2, 2019, 3.30PM

Presentation of the discussion by (in alphabetical order) Giacomelli A., Goebel C, Vargiu A., Van Reeth N, Zimmerman N, concerning the issue of credibility in the context of participatory investigation. Closing session of the workshop “Empowering civil society through participatory investigation?” promoted by the European Citizen Science Association in collaboration with various subjects.

In this summary I applied for the first time in public an idea which I had in 2014 or 2015 in Scansano (Southern Tuscany) during breakfast at Bar delle Cascine (the notes of this are in Tatti, Southern Tuscany).

I proposed to my colleagues the idea of putting this draft into a better shape, since all the workshop participants found it very interesting for its contents and the way they were presented…this is a work in progress in February. If you are interested to know more, please write to

The presentation for the delegation from Artannes-sur-Indre, France gave in Torniella a presentation for a delegation visiting Roccastrada from Artannes-sur-Indre, France.

We spoke about initiatives and situations from the Farma Valley that non everybody knows and which has been promoting over the past nine years: palla a 21/palla eh!, buiometria partecipativa, the work on bottom-up nature trails started with the participation to the INVOLEN international competition for location-based games, and -finally- a few hints on biodiversity, mentiong the ENVIROFI and FUNDIV projects.

The presentation was followed by a hearty dinner and a live performance be the Torniella community band.

Kudos to the organisers of the twinning between the municipalities for this opportunity.

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The Buiometria Partecipativa Project: Participatory Night Sky Quality Monitoring In Italy. Helping To Liaise Cities And Rural Areas And To Re-Define Citizen Perception Of Artificial Light At Night (2015)

Presented in the “Cities in balance with nature” session at the Ecocity World Summit 2015 in Abu Dhabi

Giacomelli, A., Bartalucci, A., Spinosi, C.

The BuioMetria Partecipativa (BMP) project started in 2008 to encourage citizens to collect quantitative data on light pollution as a strategy for environmental awareness raising.   The emission of light from cities or large infrastructures, if the lighting systems do not use proper fixtures and lamp types, has negative effects on  

  • 1. energy consumption (with dispersion of light in directions which do not help human activities)
  • 2. human health (disruption of circadian rhythm)
  • 3. fauna, flora and landscape, for distances up to 180 km from cities, thus impacting rural areas and natural reserves.
  • 4. safety and security.  

The BMP team created the first Italian database on light pollution measurements populated by a group of citizens, including data from hand-held sensors and fixed stations. In May 2011 was founded to manage the project through a legal entity, operating with a European vision, with a focus on promoting rural territories and liaising them with cities, and adopting open source software for information technology solutions, having twenty years of experience in this sector. is a tiny NGO, based in a tiny (270 residents) village in Southern Tuscany, in an area which has one of the best night skies in the Italy, given the very low light pollution levels. At the national level, the project has obtained wide recognition, in terms of actual citizen participation, many outreach actions in cities (including Milano and Rome) and rural areas, and media coverage. The project also received a national award for innovation and community engagement. Internationally, the BMP project represents one of the longest-running experiences of participatory monitoring of night sky quality, and has developed a significant network of collaborations with other institutions active in light pollution research, awareness raising, and policy support. The BMP project aims at:          

  •  –  Interacting with stakeholders to trigger actual improvements in lighting practice.         
  • –  consolidating its night sky quality monitoring network, either by acquiring more sensors, or by interconnecting pre-existing networks via a spatial data infrastructure approach (the BMP team has worked in the European INSPIRE Directive context)         
  • –  Developing citizen science projects in addition to BMP.

The presentation will provide an overview of past and ongoing activities, and propose an outlook  through 2021, with the priority of seeking synergies for new projects.

Lecture at Politecnico di Milano on “map(p)earing the upper half of the landscape”


Integrazione di tecnologie e metodi partecipati per la tutela e la valorizzazione del territorio.

Presentazione della lezione (in inglese)

Presentazione della lezione (in italiano)

Puntata di Maramao (Radio Popolare Milano) della mattina del 25-5 dedicata a presentare la lezione del pomeriggio. Ascolta il Podcast. di 33 minuti. Per chi ha fretta, la parte su m(‘)appare inizia al minuto 10’58”, ma è interessante seguire la puntata dall’inizio per entrare nel clima.


Presentation of the “Citizens in Tuscany” experience in the INSPIRE Conference

Having learned that the 2013 INSPIRE Conference would have been in Florence, and being Florence one of the locations where I was acting as citizen science coordinator for the ENVIROFI FP7 EU Research project, I proposed to the project managers to hold an outreach event at the conference. This would have been to share the project results in such an important venue from a EU standpoint. My proposal was accepted, and this led to the workshop presented below. This was organized with Jose Lorenzo (the ENVIROFI coordinator) and Carlos Granell (lead technologist for the project, from the EU Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy.

In the workshop I also presented a detailed summary of the activities which I undertook between 2012 and 2013 in the “Citizens in Tuscany” use case:

ENVIROFI: Environmental Services in the Future Internet

Jose Lorenzo, Andrea Giacomelli and Carlos Granell

(Submission #56)


Workshop description and goals As part of the Future Internet –Public-Private Partnership programme, the ENVIROFI project consolidates the Future Internet requirements from the Environmental Usage Area perspective and provides technical specifications and prototypes of interoperable geospatial Environmental Enablers. At the INSPIRE 2013 conference the ENVIROFI workshop will showcase:

• The Biodiversity Survey Application (BIO App) aims to support the preservation of biodiversity enabling users to survey, analyse, quality assure, persist and disseminate biodiversity data.

• The Personal Environmental Information System (PEIS) is a fully customizable, interactive mobile application that enhances the human to environment interaction by providing personalized information on air pollutants, pollen and meteorological conditions. • The Marine Asset decision Support Tool (MAST) is a web portal that mashes together a number of freely available information and data feeds to monitor operational weather conditions in Galway Bay, Ireland.

It should be noted that the BIO App included a specific series of testing activities in Tuscany, and in Florence in particular, with the use of open data on trees provided by the Municipality. For this reason during the whole duration of the conference it will be possible for attendees with an adequate Android smartphone to test the application itself in the surroundings of the conference area, or in other parts of the city they will be visiting during their stay.

The main goals of the workshop will include: • Reporting on lessons learned, i.e., how the environmental and geospatial informatics community can benefit from Future Internet technology, but also vice versa. This will basically encapsulate our project activities over the last two years and provide the forum for demonstrating the ENVIROFI applications we developed.

• Introducing the concept of open innovation, related methodologies and the arising potential to the environmental and geospatial sector.

• Presenting and simulating discussions around possibilities for connecting environmental and geospatial information and services with the capabilities of ‘foreign’ domains, in order to establish common benefits and impacts.

Intended audience The workshop addresses researchers, innovators, SMEs, public administration, and citizens in general interested in ICT based solutions, particularly those with a strong interest in contributing with or benefiting from geospatial and environmental information and services and Future Internet technologies.


Multi-disciplinary e-infrastructures
Marine and coastal environment
Public and Private Sector partnerships
Air quality and emissions
Nature and Biodiversity
Citizen science/crowd sourcing
Environment and health ( pesticides, noise, genetically modified organisms, air/water/soil pollution)
Cloud computing
Sensors and Sensor web

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