We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Researchers’ Night, a popular science event, marks its first decade across the EU and neighbouring countries. On 25 and 26 September, JRC scientists talk about their work to young and old and why science matters in Milan, Turin, Varese and Seville.
Organised by local or regional authorities in cooperation with universities and the research community, Researchers’ Night is an annual event funded by the European Commission. It is an opportunity to meet and talk to scientists and to find out about their work in interactive and engaging way.
In Turin on the 25th and in Varese on the 26th, JRC presents some of its work through video-games, live experiments, lectures and quizzes. These include Happy onLife (on digital security), 2050 – It’s up to you (on how health and environmental choices we make in everyday life affect our future) and Galileo and the secrets of GPS (on navigating with the help of satellites). Visitors are invited to take part in experiments which bring a better understanding of DNA, GMOs and bioinformatics. A JRC scientist will hold a lecture The Anthropocene, followed by a discussion on how human activities affect the planet and its ecosystems. The programme also features a presentation on the energy used to produce food and how food can become greener; and a live experiment on understanding how much energy can be produced, by pedalling a bike that powers bulbs and electronic devices.
In Seville, JRC experts team up with Fundación Descubre, Andalusia’s foundation for the dissemination of innovation and knowledge to explain to visitors the role of science in shaping European policies. At the European Space Expo in Milan, two JRC scientist talk about remote sensing for monitoring fisheries and improving maritime surveillance, bringing the science behind it closer to the general public.
This year’s edition of Researchers’ Night engages citizens in around 300 cities located in 24 countries.