What could be a better theme than 'La scienza per te – Science for you' for the European Commission's in-house science service to again open its doors to the public during European Year of Citizens 2013?
To translate this into action, interactive experiments, activities and attractions for all age groups will illustrate how the Joint Research Centre (JRC) helps to promote growth, jobs and innovation, a healthy and safe environment, consumer protection and secure energy supplies. Visits to unique laboratories, practical demonstrations, exhibitions and conferences will showcase the science behind European policy making in a spectrum of areas, from agriculture and global food security, to resource efficiency and public health and security. The JRC scientists will give insight into how they develop models and scenarios to assess policy options, analyse satellite images to predict the next big flood, test emissions from all types of vehicles and 'shake' full size three-storey buildings under earthquake simulation. Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will cut the ribbon to open the brand new JRC Visitors' Centre which will boast a unique spectrum of JRC's multi-faceted activities.