WG1 – Educational and socio-economics aspect of environmental science for sustainable city planning

Educational and socio-economics aspect of environmental science for sustainable city planning

This WG focuses on the relationship between education, technology and environment, as well as sustainable city planning.

WG Description

WG1 aims at understanding how education can help towards sustainable behavior and eco-citizenship. Studying the link between eco-citizenship with technology is important because innovation can help reduce the impact of human activity on the environment. Of course, it depends on: how technology is used and perceived, depending on different cultural contexts, the main goal being the acceptance of the BES. WG1 focuses on early education as well as on adult education. WG1 is organized in two tasks: WT11 Relation between education, technology and environment; and WT12 Sustainable City Planning.


aims or objectives
  • Understand differences in terms of eco-citizenship between different cultural contexts (Phoenix partners’ contexts).

  • To evaluate the social acceptability of alternative power sources such as BES.

  • To study to what extent the concept of smart city could be associated with the concept of sustainability, through the acceptability and use of sustainable technologies and source of energy.

Detailed description of the WG

To increase awareness of Bioelectrochemical Systems (BES), we need knowledge of the world that complements human understanding. Modern industrial technology has significant gaps in its knowledge as it is founded on a predominantly anthropocentric perspective that sets up a hierarchical relationship between human and nature. Findings from citizen science-led activities will develop an interrogative framework for an ecological epistemology capable of recognising specific forms of “information” and using these observations to develop testable principles for integrating non-human ways of knowing in the production, interpretation and synthesis of social/cultural insight and action that enables people to care for nature through the technical platforms they use. From design disciplines, social sciences, ICT and traditional sciences such knowledge practices can then be innovatively implemented and evaluated across a range of disciplines and applications through the direct channelling of the electricity as a primary “language” established between people and microbes. In line with the concerns of European Commission, WG1 activities fully take into account the issues of citizen involvement for the smart and sustainable cities through its multi-scalar, multi-spatial and multi-social dimensions. We believe in the benefits of bringing together the worlds of art, science and technology for the emergence of new social forms (related to the field of education). WG1 articulates several issues that are of great relevance to the educational sciences. EduBioCity is part of contemporary changes that concern partnerships between formal education (schooling) and non-formal education (e.g. associations, museums, art galleries…). Environmental and sustainable education are part of emerging curricular areas relating to, making education, STEAM, scientific culture, (virtuous) uses of digital technology, etc. Furthermore, Circular BioEconomy principles including bioremediation and environmental sensing is of great importance within WG1 activities. Owing to the flexibility of the BES platform, potential market opportunities are focussed on its uptake as a platform for the Circular BioEconomy, which can be customised by potential uptake audiences within sites as part of a targeted, integrated service and experience with significant Circular BioEconomy value to urban development. Citizen scientists key to the success of BES uptake, whose adoption becomes a product, service, experience, instrument of citizen empowerment and platform for environmental remediation that can be customised towards the needs of specific uptake communities.

WG Members

WG Leader: Dr Rawad CHAKER

Université Lyon – rawad.chaker@univ-lyon2.fr


Member Contacts
Aix-Marseille Université,
Prof Ranka JUNGE
Departement NGrüental
Prof Snezana MALETIC
University of Novi Sad
University of Zagreb
Aarhus University
University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences

Université Lyon


Prof Angela BARTHES
Université d’Aix-MarseilleBd Charles
National Technical University of Athens
Prof Kiril BARZEV
University of Ruse
Lebanese University Forn Al chebek
Prof Suzanne ABDUL-REDA
LAES Clemenceau
Dr Agisilaos ECONOMOU
National Technical University of Athens
University of Birmingham
Duzce University
Université Claude Bernard Lyon
Dr Lili-Ann WOLFF
University of Helsinki
Prof Frédéric DARBELLAY
University of Geneva
Sapienza Università di Roma
Halmstad University
Prof Silvia CATALDI silvia.cataldi@uniroma1.it
University of Latvia
Dr Parisa GÖKER
Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University
Prof Tamas KOMIVES
Plant Protection Institute
Prof Etleva HAMZARAJ
University of Tirana
Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb
Faculty of Medicine Krusevac b.b.
Prof Marino BONAIUTO
Sapienza Università di Roma
Dipartimento di Psicologia dei Processi di Sviluppo e Socializzazione
Ms Tatjana RAŞID
Institute of Security, Defense and Peace
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Mykolas Romeris University
Universidad de Burgos
Israel Smart cities Institute
Prof Dhimiter DOKA dhdoka@yahoo.com
Dr David KATZ

University of Haifa


Prof Maria RANIERI
University of Florence
Dr Stefano CUOMO
Università degli Studi di Firenze
Prof Kay-Uwe SCHOBER
Mainz University of Applied Sciences




Khalifé, M., Chaker, R., & Gasparovic, S. (2022). Environmental Education and Digital Solutions An analysis of the Lebanese context’s existing and possible digital actions. Front. Educ. 7:958569.


WG1 meeting in Lyon (France) in May 2022.