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Local case studies
To complement the stories of common citizens contributing to scientific research and the artworks presented in ‘Beyond the Lab: The DIY science revolution’, each venue hosting the exhibition presents a local example of how RRI is or can be applied in research in the field of medicine and healthcare. Sparks partners have worked within local partnerships with researchers, universities, NGOs and citizens to identify the object or the research that would be featured in the local corner of the exhibition.
Blue World Institute – Noise pollution
In the coastal region where the islands of Lošinj and Cres are located, tourism is the most significant economic activity. But it also causes noise pollution in urban areas which lowers the quality of everyday life, affects citizens’ mental health as well as the tourism offer in the area. Together with the local school, the NGO “Idem i ja”, the national Centre for Public Health and the company Vizor, Blue World Institute created a noise map of the town of Mali Lošinj. The initiative led to a collaborative project and helped raise public awareness on how noise pollution affects health on a daily basis.