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Funded by the European  Commission’s Horizon  2020  Framework Programme, eMOTIONAL Cities  is  a  48-month project,  with  a  total  budget   of  nearly  5 million  Euros,   that  is  designed to   fully characterise  the intensity and complexity of urban health challenges and inequalities Read More.

The eMOTIONAL Cities ambition is to provide accurate  and   neuroscience-based  guidance   on  urban planning in order to achieve healthier, sustainable and more inclusive communities for present and future generations. Our approach aims at joining various scientific areas of research – natural, medical and social sciences, aspire highly relevant outcomes for society, expects to bring challenging questions for researchers, and will contribute to a paradigm shift in urban planning practice, education and policy.

The eMOTIONAL Cities research focusing on the signals triggered in our neurobiological architecture, responsible for  emotions     and   decisions,   while  humans   interact  with    the   urban environment,  will    shed   light on how to improve population health, physical and/or mental Read More.


The eMOTIONAL Cities is led by the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning  of  the  University  of  Lisbon and co-coordinated by  Lisbon  School of Medicine, joined by Michigan  State  University,  Chancellor  Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge, Climateflux, Starlab, NeuroGears, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Tallinna Tehnikaulikool, EarthPulse, Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação and University of Tartu.


eMOTIONAL  Cities  is  divided  into  nine  work  packages  (WP)   perform  specific tasks through   the  project,
 as described below:

 • Provide administrative and financial project 

 • Monitor the progress of activities
  and the achievement of deliverables and milestones.

 • Organise and provide the reports of annual 
  consortium meetings.

 • Build bridges of communication within
  the consortium and with stakeholders/end-user’s 

 • Ensure timely and adequate reporting
  to the European Commission.

 • Review and compile existing research 
  and scholarship on the use of neuroscience
  to understand the relationships between urban 
  environments and health.

 • Create the conceptual framework and overarching
  research questions.

 • Articulate the final research framework used
  in  study.



 • Specify, develop and deploy a spatial data 
  infrastructure for hosting geospatial data, following 
  geospatial and web standards.

 • Develop standards and recommendations
  for geospatial neuroscience data. 

 • Publish geospatial data and metadata.

 • Minimize technical debt by adopting or extending
  existing mature Free and Open Source software.

 • Deploy a methodology for physical and mental
  urban health analysis.

 • Physical environment – urban form/patterns
  and urban health and well-being.

 • Socioeconomic environment – urban determinants
  for/in urban health and well-being.

 • Set up and analysis of a population cohort upon
  health indicators, ageing and gender and mapping
  of its associated spatial patterns/process for health
  and well-being.

 • Mapping of emotions triggered by the built

 • A toolbox of spatial analysis and mapping
  for health and well-being.

• Specify the behavioral paradigms
  and neuropsychometrics to be used, taking
  into account both qualitative and quantitative

 • Use virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR)
  infrastructure to study the influence of urban
  environments in laboratory experiments.

 • Collect neurobiological signals reflecting cognitive
  and emotional processing elicited by relevant
  environmental factors during task performance
  in a controlled lab environment.

 • Perform urban outdoor experiments and collect
  brain signals with wearable EEG, eye-tracking data  
  and other relevant physiological signals.

 • Identify if vulnerable groups and gender-related
  aspects are relevant for urban health design
  or interventions.

 • Conduct a clinical study in patients with mild
  cognitive impairment to obtain evidence that urban
  planning and design can have an impact
  on this vulnerable group.

 • Data Fusion between WP4 and WP5 data sets
  and other urban health, perception and well-being
  datasets in order to identify as well as quantify
  the impact of different urban environment
  categories on people’s physical and mental health:

 • Flag and measure different types of urban 
  artefacts based on their impact on people’s
  physical and mental health in relation to age,  
  gender and vulnerable groups.

 • Measure the impact of urban environment
  on cognitive, emotional and social behavior.

  • Create a set of eMOTIONAL indicators on urban

 • Designing and implementing a baseline scenario
  of eMOTIONAL Cities.

• Design and formulate an integrated framework
  for simulation environment.

 • Develop a metamodelling methodology for urban 
  environment – mental health representation.

 • Develop a scenario discovery optimization 

 • Showcase the developed scenario discovery
  method in selected urban case-studies.

 • Identify, for the selected case-studies, particular
  policy related robust evidence for improved urban


 • Develop and update a Dissemination
  and Communication Plan (DCP) which will ensure 
  effective communication within and outside
  the project.

 • Develop dissemination and communication
   materials and digital tools to engage with the
   target groups identified by the project.

 • Organise dissemination events and contribute
  to the continuous engagement of stakeholders,
  maximising the impact of the project.

 • Ensure effective exploitation and business
  development of the project results.


 • Set out the 'ethics requirements' that the project
   must follow.




To communicate and disseminate the outcomes effectively, communication needs to be tailored to the specific needs and communication culture of the different target groups relevant for eMOTIONAL Cities.  The project  has identified the target groups listed below, which can maximize the impact of eMOTIONAL Cities outcomes.


Through specific outdoor experiments eMOTIONAL  Cities will  invite  adult   volunteers to perform trajectories in  the   urban environment   as   if  moving  through  a  regular   working  day.   During    their    interactions with   the   environment,  spatial,  environmental,  behavioral,   physiological    and    neurobiological    data will  be  collected.   These   outdoor  experiments  will be carried  out in four sites Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, and Lansing, Michigan.


Webinar – Visual Identity | September, 7th @ 14:00 (Lisbon time)
eMOTIONAL Cities Annual Meeting | November



Open co-design| WORKSHOP | June 3rd | Participation

Read More


European Cluster for Urban Health | LAUNCH EVENT | May 20th & 21st | Participation

Read More

eMOTIONAL Cities | LAUNCH EVENT | April 13th | Organization
Read More

eMOTIONAL Cities | KICK-OFF MEETING | April 8th & 9th | Organization

Read more

Environmental Sensors | WORKSHOP |  March 12th | Co-organization

Read more



The project website was launched in April 2021 and is now live and accessible to the public. For our upcoming events and workshops, you can find more details, such as dates, location and duration on our website. All public documents  will  be  principally  disseminated  through  the  project  website.  eMOTIONAL  Cities  will launch its introductory video in the coming months via website.



Article published on 2nd November 2020 on the SMARTCITIES Magazine. Click to read 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement nº 945307. The document represents the view of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility: it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission. The European Commission does not accept responsibility for the use that may be made of the information it contains.

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