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Open Day at JRC-IRMM: testing drinks for caffeine content

Open Day at JRC-IRMM: testing drinks for caffeine content

Geel (BE) - 03/10/10

IRMM Open Day 2010


The JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) in Geel, Belgium, opened its doors to the public on 3 October 2010. Visitors performed hands-on experiments, and learnt about nanotechnology, particle accelerators, food safety and much more. A special 50th anniversary exhibition described the history of the institute, featuring a series of archive photos and old equipment.

The 2010 openday attracted a record number of visitors: 702 visitors with 31 different nationalities (75% Belgians). Around 23% of visitors were under the age of 18 , whilst 17% of visitors were aged 65 or more.

The IRMM, one of the seven institutes of the JRC, was founded in 1957 under the Treaties of Rome and started operation in 1960 under the name of the Central Bureau for Nuclear Measurements (CBNM). In 1993 it was renamed to reflect the new mission of the institute, which covers a wide range of measurement problems from food safety to environmental pollution. Today the IRMM is one of the world's leading reference material producers, expert adviser in food safety and quality and bioanalysis as well as a valued provider of reference measurement data.


IRMM Open day