As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
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.