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Field Trip


5 to 6 July

07:45 (5 July) to 20:00 (6 July)

Ispra, Italy




From “Dieselgate” to terrorist attacks: the lab tackling Europe’s policy challenges

Meeting point: Parking Lausanne Bellerive at 07:45

Transport: by bus

Number of participants: 30

Registration fee: CHF 17 (includes: transport, 1 hotel night near Milano and most meals)

Details: As this trip is going to Italy, participants need to bring a valid ID/passport and be in possession of an appropriate visa if required.
Participants may either book their return flight from Milano or return by bus to Lausanne

Organizer: European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy

Contact: Nina Kajander (

Puzzled about “Dieselgate”? Intrigued by satellites, 5G, and Earth Observation? Concerned about disasters? Join us for a trip to the European Commission's very own research laboratories and discover what our scientists are doing to make sure EU legislation is based on the right science.

We'll show you how we measure car emissions in the lab and on the road. You will learn how we test the tech that powers your navigation tools and helps your car auto-dial emergency services in an accident. We will discuss emissions from electric cars and the challenges of interoperability and of charging a car in -35 degree Celsius. Last but not least, you will find out how scientists are making our buildings, including those housing the ITER project, more resistant to natural or man-made disasters .

Didn't find what you are looking for? Take a chance nevertheless – several dozens of specialised laboratories and more than a thousand scientific staff will have something interesting for you, too. If not, a drink in Milan is on us.




5 July 2019

08.00 departure from Lausanne

12.00 - 13.00 arrival and lunch at the JRC

13.00-18.00 visits to JRC laboratories:

  • Vehicle Emissions Laboratory
  • European Interoperability Centre for electric vehicles and hybrid cars
  • European Microwave Signal Laboratory
  • European Structural Assessment Laboratory

18.00 transfer to hotel close to the JRC

19.30 dinner at the hotel


6 July 2019

08.00 departure for Milan

10.00-12.00 organised activities

12.00-16.00 free time

16.00 departure back to Lausanne


JRC Ispra is located in Ispra, in the Varese province, by the Lake Maggiore. Ispra is about one hour drive from Milan, and about 40 minute drive away from the Malpensa airport.


Accommodation is included in the field trip for the night from 5 to 6 July, in a hotel which is located close to the JRC. Participants who wish to stay in Milan for additional nights can do so. We recommend to book a hotel in Milan, which is easily connected with the Milan airports and railways. The additional hotel accommodation in Milan and further travel arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.

Please note that the transport and accommodation and some meals are covered by the JRC and the registration fee covers administrative costs on behalf of WCSJ.

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