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Paper accepted: Towards Systems Models for Obesity Prevention: A Big Role for Big Data

24 August 2022

Just before the summer holidays, we received the news that our opinion paper was accepted by the scientific journal “current developments in nutrition”. With this paper, we contribute to the academic discussion on system models and the use of Big Data in obesity prevention.

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First students in The Netherlands have been acting as citizen scientists

24 November 2017

On Friday November 24th, five young citizen scientists (12-14 years old) have participated in a pilot in the Netherlands. During 45 minutes they captured food advertisements in shopping area of the city centre of Ede (~112,000 inhabitants, 318.6 km²). The purpose was to see whether children can help us in collecting data on their own…

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BigO has been presented at the AGORA meeting in Warnsveld (NL)

14 November 2017

On November 14th The BigO project has been presented during the symposium that was held on the occasion of the anniversary of AGORA in Warnsveld, the Netherlands. AGORA is a research alliance between the regional municipal health agency (GGD Zuid-Oost Nederland) and Wageningen University that was founded in 2005. AGORA is Greek for market place;…

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BigO in ‘Open Schools for Open Societies’

6 November 2017

On October 21st, BigO was presented in the Open Schools for Open Societies conference that was held at Ellinogermaniki Agogi in Athens (Greece).  “Schools fighting childhood obesity in Greece” was the topic of a scenario workshop for teachers, where BigO was discussed as an example case of how schools can foster collaboration with families, universities…

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Plenary meeting in Athens

31 October 2017

On October 17-19, the BigO plenary meeting was held at the COSMOTE premises in Athens, Greece. The focus of the meeting was to present the progress, results and issues for the first year of the project, take decisions and plan for the next steps. A mobile app creating a map of food advertisements in a…

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BigO – Raising awareness in Thessaloniki

10 October 2017

On Sunday, October 8th 2017, BigO participated in the ‘AUTH in the city’ event that took place at themain square of Thessaloniki, in Greece. This yearly event is organised by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and offers the opportunity to selected research groups to communicate their work, achievements and innovative ideas to the wide public…

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Swedish National Food Agency hosts BigO meeting in Uppsala, Sweden 18 Sep

30 September 2017

BigO consortium partners gathered for a fact-finding meeting in Uppsala at the behest of the NFA, to establish what information produced by BigO is desired by public health authorities to complement or enhance their own knowledge bases. Along with NFA, Karolinska Institutet, Wageningen University (NL), University College of Dublin (IRL) and Temple Street Children’s Hospital…

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BigO technical meeting in Dublin

6 July 2017

The first BigO technical meeting took place at the Insight Center in Dublin, on June 8th and 9th 2017, hosted by UCD. Technical partners and representatives from the pilot sites and the BigO community took decisions on the functionality of the BigO data collection system and the role of the users. Moreover the system architecture…

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“Nutrition & Youth” group

21 March 2017

On March 9, the team of Aristotle University researchers that develop the BigO app visited the facilities of Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) in Athens to meet with 14 junior high school students (~ 15 years old) of the “Nutrition & Youth” group. The researchers demonstrated an early prototype of the BigO app and had a fruitful…

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Kick-off meeting

31 January 2017

On December 15-16 2016, the BigO consortium met at Thessaloniki, Greece for the kick-off meeting. Representatives from all partners were brought together for the first time. Following a review of project objectives and approach, the rest of the meeting was dedicated on the planning of tasks starting in the first 6 months of the project.

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