On 4 - 6 May 2010 the JRC hosted an exhibition in the European Parliament in Brussels, where leading scientists from the JRC Institutes demonstrated their work and discussed with MEPs and visitors how the JRC's research supports EU decision makers in the conception, development, implementation and assessment of EU policies.
On 1 March 2010, the JRC's Ispra site in Northern Italy hosted 1000 young guests from 23 different schools. The day's programme, tailored according to the needs of each school and age category, included 18 laboratory visits, from vehicle emissions to the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment and 11 seminars, on topics such as the traceability of animals or or radioactivity in the environment.
This year's Open Day marked the 50th anniversary of the JRC-Ispra site. European Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potočnik took time out of his weekend to participate in the various activities and present awards to the winners of the JRC's Italian schools competition, "Science and Creativity in the Classroom". Visitors once again acclaimed the Open Day as a success that truly mirrors European innovation and creativity.