EFSA opens its doors to the people of Parma on 4 May 2013. Join in!

4 May 2013

On 4 May, the European Food Safety Authority opens its doors from 15.00 to 19.30.

Through this initiative EFSA celebrates the European Year of Citizens 2013, dedicated to the rights that come with EU citizenship, and Europe Day, on 9 May.

During the Open Doors, you will find out about EFSA’s areas of work and main achievements in the past 11 years in an interactive and engaging manner: from nutrition, to animal health and welfare, plant health, and pesticides.  It will also be an opportunity to meet and talk to EFSA’s scientific and communication experts.

A debate on “Appetite for Europe” will also be organised. It will be your chance to tell European and local personalities what kind of Europe you want to live in and what you expect from the European Union of tomorrow.

A whole range of activities for children will take place, where they will discover science through play. The day will end off with a music concert by the EFSA choir and other local choirs.

Please note that people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For security reasons all visitors will be asked to show a valid ID. To help us reduce the queues at security control, we also advise you to carry the very minimum of hand baggage.

How to reach us

The European Food Safety Authority is in Viale Piacenza, Parma.

A bus stop is located just in front EFSA (lines: 6 and 12). Cars cannot be parked at EFSA’s premises, but parking areas are available in the surrounding area. Bicycles can be parked in the racks at the entrance of the EFSA building.

Information on the processing of personal data in the context of the organization of EFSA meetings and events is given in the privacy statement available on the page Legal notice .


Doors opening
15:00-15:30 Visit of the stands

“Understanding Science” Cinema
15:00-18:30 EFSA’s videos on scientific topics

Discovering science through play
15:00-18:30 Interactive area where children can learn about food science

Information sessions on EFSA and topics covered by EFSA
15:30-17:30 Information sessions start at 15:30 and 16:45

  • What is EFSA and what does it do?
  • How to assess animal welfare in Europe?
  • How does EFSA protect European crops and plants?
  • Pesticides: risks and benefits
  • Food: can we trust health claims?

At the end of each session, speakers will answer questions from the audience

Meet a scientist or communications expert
15:30-17:30 EFSA experts meet the public

Debate on European Issues
17:30-18:30 With participation of representatives from EFSA, Comune di Parma, Provincia di Parma, Europass, Collegio Europeo di Parma and Representation of the European Commission in Milan

EuroPop - Voices of Europe 2013
18:30-19:30 Choirs of the EFSA and Liceo Artistico "Toschi" from Parma directed by Conductor Leonardo Morini