The science behind EU policy: the JRC art exhibition

The science behind EU policy: the JRC art exhibition
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A new JRC art exhibition has launched to display the science behind EU policy at the Museum of Natural History in Berlin.

The JRC (the Joint Research Centre) is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, and has launched a new JRC art exhibition which will combine science and the arts to demonstrate the science behind EU policy. The exhibition begins today and will continue until the autumn of 2019.

What is the reason behind the JRC art exhibition?

The exhibition is called ‘ARTEFAKTE’. It will allow the JRC to outline the everyday benefits of policy for citizens. The art exhibition will focus on the scientific evidence behind EU policies.

Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, is responsible for the Joint Research Centre. Navracsics said: “At a time when the role of expert knowledge and facts in decision-making is increasingly questioned, it is crucial to demonstrate to citizens that we carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice to inform our work. This innovative exhibition enlists art to help people discover for themselves how EU policies based on evidence serve them in their everyday life and help us tackle the big challenges facing our societies.”

The science behind EU policy

ARTEFAKTE will focus on the science behind EU policy, specifically environmental policies relating to food, energy, climate, air and water. One example of the JRC art exhibition’s focus areas are records of the human environmental impact through coal mining, fracking, and waste reservoirs full of pig excrement. The JRC art exhibition uses photographs to explore salient issues and the science behind EU policy, ultimately facilitating a dialogue between policymakers and citizens through art.

The JRC art exhibition will invite visitors to speak to the JRC’s scientists about the science behind EU policy, specifically the question of how scientists navigate the difficulty of finding scientific solutions which fit socio-political demands.

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