The step project: societal and political engagement of young people in environmental issues

Maria Vogiatzi*, Christodoulos Keratidis, Manos Schinas, Sotiris Diplaris, Serdar Yümlü, Paula Forbes, Symeon Papadopoulos, Panagiota Syropoulou, Lazaros Apostolidis, Ioannis Kompatsiaris, Machi Symeonidou

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    Decisions on environmental topics taken today are going to have long-term consequences that will affect future generations. Young people will have to live with the consequences of these decisions and undertake special responsibilities. Moreover, as tomorrow’s decision makers, they themselves should learn how to negotiate and debate issues before final decisions are made. Therefore, any participation they can have in environmental decision making processes will prove essential in developing a sustainable future for the community.

    However, recent data indicate that the young distance themselves from community affairs, mainly because the procedures involved are ‘wooden’, politicians’ discourse alienates the young and the whole experience is too formalized to them. Authorities are aware of this fact and try to establish communication channels to ensure transparency and use a language that speaks to new generations of citizens. This is where STEP project comes in.

    STEP ( is a digital Platform (web/mobile) enabling youth Societal and Political e-Participation in decision-making procedures concerning environmental issues. STEP is enhanced with web/social media mining, gamification, machine translation, and visualisation features.

    Six pilots in real contexts are being organised for the deployment of the STEP solution in 4 European Countries: Italy, Spain, Greece, and Turkey. Pilots are implemented with the direct participation of one regional authority, four municipalities, and one association of municipalities, and include decision-making procedures on significant environmental questions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternet science
    Subtitle of host publicationINSCI 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science
    EditorsIoannis Kompatsiaris, Jonathan Cave, Anna Satsiou, Georg Carle, Antonella Passani, Efstratios Kontopoulos, Sotiris Diplaris, Donald McMilan
    Place of PublicationCham
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319702841
    ISBN (Print)9783319702834
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2017
    Event4th International Conference on Internet Science, INSCI 2017 - Thessaloniki, Greece
    Duration: 22 Nov 201724 Nov 2017

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference4th International Conference on Internet Science, INSCI 2017


    • E-participation
    • Social media mining
    • Environmental decision making
    • Youth engagement strategies


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