• 16/02/2021
    Last Thursday (11th February) we skipped lunch to celebrate the International day of girls and women in science with top Portuguese female scientists, hear about their careers and projects and reflect on the disparities we still see.  Our conclusion: Women in Science, everyone… [Read]

  • 04/02/2021
    Today, 4th of February is World Cancer Day. We mark it to raise attention across the globe and inspire action for a cancer-free future. It is a day that means much to many - all? - of us. Cancer has touched nearly everyone's lives. Raquel Carvalho knows it too well, because her… [Read]

  • 19/01/2021
    On January 15, over 600 people got together online for the Opening Ceremony of the Portuguese Semester at the Joint Research Centre (JRC). In these challenging times, we were happy to see that turning the usual in-person event into an online one, allowed us to celebrate the… [Read]

  • 15/01/2021
    Each time a Member State holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU we celebrate its culture at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Italy. As part of these commemorations, it is a long tradition to set up a symbol of the Semester at the roundabout inside the… [Read]

  • 07/01/2021
    Our - ‘Barquinho de Papel’ - ‘Paper Boat’ and our World! Why a boat? It is part of our history and represents the strong bond all Portuguese have with the Oceans! It links us not only to our past, but also considers our present and the future i.e. o passado, o presente e o… [Read]

  • 07/01/2021
    It is common knowledge that we all have China to thank for the original cultivation and use of tea!  The English are the most famous drinkers of such infusions! It is far less known that it was the Portuguese who inspired its popularity in England – in particular, one Portuguese… [Read]

  • 06/01/2021
    by Sofia Leite: Today Italy is celebrating the Befana day. Befana is an old lady that at the image of the 3 wise Kings in Spain brings presents to the children in the evening from the 5th to the 6th of January. In Portugal the gifts are restricted to the Christmas Eve, but… [Read]

  • 01/01/2021
    The Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council has arrived and the invitation to celebrate it is open to all. From 1 January 2021 Portugal takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. Portuguese colleagues at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in… [Read]