NeuroClima is a three-year Research and Innovation Initiative funded by the European Union under the Horizon Europe programme, and coordinated by Politecnico di Milano. The project was created to foster greater citizen engagement and systemic transformations in the context of climate resilience.

Recent attempts to address the anthropogenic impact of climate change by European Institutions are currently damaged by the growing concern of citizens about other crises affecting the population in Europe and beyond. While the impacts of climate change are becoming more and more visible and affecting an increasing segment of the population, scepticism regarding climate change policies is on the rise among different groups due to several factors, including disinformation, lack of clarity in terms of communication, and the perception that the financial and social burden of the necessary changes will fall on the lower classes of the population, which can’t afford the expensive requirements to comply.

As a consequence, the EU is deploying new strategies for climate change adaptation, requesting governing bodies and policy-makers to prioritise the development of clear and inclusive climate policies at all levels. NeuroClima aims to assist in providing climate-change-adaptation recommendations, engaging both citizens and policymakers. The project will establish a network of policymakers, public institutions, and citizens, using AI-enhanced decision-making to facilitate a two-way relationship between citizens and public institutions, thus effectively addressing at the same time citizens’ concerns, environmental changes, and policymakers’ proposals.

The research and development of monitoring mechanisms of the EU Adaptation Strategy and the Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change will highlight strengths, weaknesses, and trends in a continuously refined approach. NeuroClima is conceived to provide recommendations for systemic change, as well as for more resilient EU societies. Monitoring citizens’ needs and the motivations behind policies will foster communication between citizens, policymakers, and other stakeholders, stimulating governance enhancements, climate resilience, and a fairer transition towards green initiatives across the EU.

The NeuroClima consortium includes 15 partners between academia, civil society organisations, research institutions, and private companies