Every year, on 9 May, we are marking Europe Day by celebrating peace and unity in Europe. This period is also the time when European institutions open their doors to show citizens what the EU does to improve our lives and further valorise the power of working and growing together.
- European Union
- Saturday 6 May 2023, 10:00 - 18:00 (CEST)
- Brussels, Belgium
- Saturday 6 May 2023, 10:00 - 18:00 (CEST)
- BerlaymontRue de la Loi 200, 1049 Brussels, Belgium
- English, French, Dutch
On 6 May, the European Commission opens its doors. This year, researchers from Spain, Belgium, Germany and Italy will be in the Green Europe and Skilled Europe villages to showcase their projects, preparing experiments and other interactive activities. Join us and learn more about EU-funded research and innovation and the projects REA manages.
Green Europe Village
INDESMOF: cleaning up polluted water
The main objective of the INDESMOF project, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie action, is to remediate the heavy metals water pollution, derived from either natural sources or anthropogenic activities, as well as to improve and exchange interdisciplinary knowledge in order to develop membrane and filtering devices.
The project was funded under the Horizon 2020 programme and contributes to one of the European Commission’s missions: Restore our Ocean and Waters.
Activity: Circular water economy
For the EU Open Doors Day, INDESMOF will perform a live experiment, demonstrating how to detoxify water while recovering target elements!
CLEARING HOUSE: restoring urban landscapes
The CLEARING HOUSE project provides evidence and tools that facilitate mobilising the full potential of urban forests as nature-based solutions for rehabilitating, reconnecting, and restoring urban ecosystems.
Clearing House was funded under the Horizon 2020 programme and contributes to the Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities mission.
Activity: City of trees
At the EU Open Day, the project’s team will prepare hands-on activities: sensory experiences, mandala making corner, mindfulness exercises and a “forest cover” co-creation exercise, with forest pictures and a forest soundscape. The visitors will also interact with the LOUPE app, which invites visitors to indicate their favourite forest, and how they feel it impacts their health and wellbeing.
EdiCitNet: creating urban food solutions
EdiCitNet addresses societal challenges in cities, including mass urbanization, social inequality and climate change. The project systematically explores the wealth and diversity of existing Edible City Solutions and highlights the importance of healthy soils for growing healthy food, while adapting plans and implementing successfully proven Edible City Solutions in their specific urban context.
EdiCitNet is running under the Horizon 2020 funding programme, also contributing to the A Soil Deal for Europe mission.
For the EU Open Doors Day, the project’s researchers will raise awareness about how easy and accessible it is to grow food in cities, while also informing participants about the benefits of it by offering them the opportunity of planting a seed of their choice on-site in a container that can then be taken home.
Skilled Europe Village
SURFICE: designing smart surfaces for safe transport and infrastructures
The project funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions directly contributes to safer roads and novelty defrosting solutions. Researchers are trained by experts in materials and surface sciences, physics and engineering. The advanced anti-icing technologies will be applied in aeronautics, energy systems and sensor technologies, as well as the glass manufacturing and automotive industries through industrial partners.
Activity: Is that a solid or a liquid?
At the EU Open Doors Day, researchers will explore the boundaries between solids, liquids and gases while allowing you to create your own slime with a hands-on experiment. Moreover, the interactive experience will show how some materials can present properties of both solids and liquids under certain conditions.
Find out more about the EU Open Doors 2023EN•••
Discover other EU-funded projects that will be at the EU Open Day:
CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency);
EISMEA (European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency).
For further information about EU Open Doors Day 2023, you can consult the website of the Commission’s Representation in Belgium, providing an overview of the event in French, Dutch and German.
Please note that we will be photographing and making video recordings at this event. The photos and video recordings may be used for communication activities in relation to the EU Open Day. If you prefer not to be photographed or videoed, please request a lanyard at the stand at the entrance of the Commission building. For more information please see the privacy statement.