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.
Over 1,100 children from 25 Italian schools visited the JRC-Ispra site on Friday 23 May. Our young guests were aged between 9 and 18 years and each of their schools was given the opportunity to choose the laboratories, installations and presentations they wanted to see...
The traditional Open Doors Day in Ispra, coinciding this year with the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, turned out to become the biggest such JRC event ever. An enthusiastic crowd of all age groups, including many children and teenagers, took the opportunity to find out what the JRC scientists are working on in fields ranging from renewable energies and environmental protection to biodiversity and earth observation.
In 1957, two treaties of Rome were signed: one to establish the European Economic Community (EEC) and one to establish the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom).
The Joint Research Centre was originally established under the Euratom treaty. Euratom’s role is to promote nuclear safety and security in Europe and the JRC has been contributing to this aim with its research activities ever since.