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Open Day at the JRC

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On Saturday 4 May 2013, the JRC site in Ispra will once again open its doors to the public. After the highly successful JRC Open Day in 2011 (with more than 10,000 participants) the 2013 JRC Open Day will be full of information and excitement. This year's theme of 'Science for You' is in line with the European Year of Citizens 2013. The day's programme will give you an insight into our laboratories and provide interactive experiments and activities to demonstrate what takes place at the European Commission's only science research organisation. There will be presentations, music, shows and attractions for all age groups. Watch out for special surprises!

The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, will be our special guest on the day and she will also inaugurate our new Visitors' Centre. Come along to see the latest JRC research - from climate change to renewable energy, nanotechnology to global crisis monitoring, ensuring food safety and analysing society's growth and stability - there will be something for everyone!

JRC Ispra Open Day 2013 - When


As always, the JRC pays special attention to ensure that we are as environmentally friendly as possible by:

  • Providing eco-bags made of 100% recycled material.
  • Printing the programme and map on recycled, chlorine-free paper from sustainably managed forests.
  • Offering water bottles (made of non-toxic plastic PETG) which you can fill with water from the fountains installed across the site.
  • Using utensils at the food outlets that are made of bioplastic.

You too can help the JRC to be environmentally friendly by disposing of all rubbish in the correct containers provided.

What is the JRC?

Serving society, stimulating innovation, supporting legislation

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s in-house science service. It performs scientific research and provides evidence-based and independent scientific advice to European policy makers helping them to make informed decisions. Its work has a direct impact on the lives of European citizens by promoting a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer health and safety. The JRC draws on over 50 years of research experience and continually builds its know-how and expertise. Its seven scientific institutes, which host specialist and unique laboratories, are located in Belgium (Brussels and Geel), Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Read more about the JRC.

The JRC in figures

  • Established in 1957
  • 2 800 permanent and temporary staff
  • Collaborations with over 1 000 partner organisations worldwide
  • More than 1 300 scientific publications per year, about half of which are in peer-reviewed journals
  • Part of the EU's Framework Programme for Research

The JRC in Ispra, Italy

The JRC site in Ispra is the biggest of the six sites. Read more about JRC, Ispra.

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European Commission
Joint Research Centre
Via Enrico Fermi, 2749
21027 Ispra (VA)


Saturday 4 May 2013 from 10.00 to 17.00 (last entrance at 16:00).

How to get there

Download the map which also indicates the six parking areas.

Free buses will run from Varese to the JRC (stopping also at Gavirate and Besozzo) in the morning and from the JRC to Varese (stopping also at Besozzo and Gavirate) in the afternoon.

Varese: stadium car park 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30
Gavirate: Corso XXV Aprile (Pizzeria Don Carlos) 09:50 10:50 11:50 12:50
Besozzo: Corso XXV Aprile (Banca San Paolo) 10:10 11:10 12:10 13:10
JRC: car park 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30

JRC: car park 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00
Besozzo: Corso XXV Aprile (Banca San Paolo) 13:20 14:20 15:20 16:20 17:20 18:20
Gavirate: Corso XXV Aprile (Pizzeria Don Carlos) 13:40 14:40 15:40 16:40 17:40 18:40
Varese: stadium car park 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00

The independent bus company, Autolinee Varesine, operate a bus, N21, (see timetable) which travels from Varese through Gavirate, Bardello and Travedona before stopping in Cadrezzate at the Piazza Chiesa. On Saturdays you can choose a bus from the list 'Feriale 6' or 'Giornaliera'. There will be a free shuttle bus service between the Piazza Chiesa and the JRC entrance from 09.30 until 18.30. Please note that the JRC is not responsible for the N21 bus service.

Entrance requirements

Pre-registration is obligatory. Bring your personal ID + printed confirmation letter with barcode.
Click on the Register for Open Day tab to make an individual or group registration.


All JRC staff will be recognisable - just ask for assistance.

Lost & Found

A Lost & Found service will be located at the entrance.


Water fountains will be available and environmentally-friendly bottles will be provided.


'Pro Locos' (organisations that promote the local area) from Cadrezzate, Comerio, Ispra, Taino, Ranco and Travedona will sell food and beverages.


A free shuttle bus service will be available inside and outside the JRC site operating all day to and from the six designated parking areas. Special transport for the disabled will be available.


Open Day will take place regardless of the weather.

'No pets allowed' sign  Pets

 Pets are not allowed.

More information

European Commission

Joint Research Centre

Via E. Fermi 2749
21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Tel. +39 0332 786400
Fax +39 0332 785409

Serving society, stimulating innovation, supporting legislation

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