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A Chemical Engineer with a Master’s degree in Energy with distinction (Heriot-Watt University), Rosa is the CEO & Founder of Science for Change, a company that seeks to bring science closer to society, and the creator of the citizen science app OdourCollect (Singular Project Prize #Prismas2021).

With more than 15 years of experience in odours and citizen science, co-creation and dialogue with quadruple helix stakeholders is at the core of all the activities in which Rosa is involved. Rosa coordinates the European projects D-NOSES (which involved more than 5.000 citizens, 100 industries, 200 policymakers, and 500 academics in the monitoring of odour pollution) and NEWSERA (working on innovative communication strategies targeting quadruple helix stakeholders with 38 citizen science projects), plus the Catalan cluster of the TRANSFORM project (to embed citizen science in the Smart Specialization Strategy of the region). She advises the “Science in Parliament” initiative, which achieved to create a science office to inform the Spanish Parliament, as well as the Mutual Learning Exercise on citizen science launched by the EC with 11 Member States on 2022, leading the group on “good practices and impacts”. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA), has participated in the ToT Programme on Evidence for Policy of the JRC in September 2021 and is an appointed expert of the Catalan School for Public Administration on collaborative research.

Currently, Rosa is working towards a technical standard to monitor odour pollution through citizen science to facilitate the upscaling of the methodology and the official uptake of citizen-generated data by environmental authorities and emitting activities, to subsequently establish new Odour Impact Criteria from the citizens’ perspective to inform new regulations.

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CEO & Founder at Science for Change
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Chemical engineer bringing science closer to society for a real impact
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I am driven and passionate about tackling societal, environmental and health challenges affecting communities through citizen science and participatory strategies. The effectiveness of empowering citizens to generate new evidence and participate in decision making processes can bring magnificent impacts to improve our world and contribute to the fulfillment of the SDGs. At Science for Change, we are a team composed mostly of women who act as role models by engaging women in science. We are proud to promote the bridging of the digital divide and to foster STEM careers among young women and girls!
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