EU Open Doors Day
Atopica was in Brussels on 17th May 2014 for the 22nd edition of the Open Doors Day of the European Institutions
Atopica was in Brussel on 17th May 2014 for the 22nd edition of the Open Doors Day of the European Institutions. Among the various activities organised by the European Commission to celebrate Europe, the event gave participants the opportunity to meet Atopica researchers and scientists and get involved, both children and adults, in a series of interesting activities.
For the occasion, in fact, the Atopica team designed two different games aimed at teaching children (and parents!) about Ambrosia (an invasive alien species), how to recognize it thanks to its distinguishable characteristics, and mostly, at raising awareness about its extremely allergenic pollen and its negative impact on human health. The researchers distributed almost 2000 learning games “Who is the alien? Help Doctor Atopica find it out”, consisting in a series of word puzzles and clues leading children towards the identity of the alien in question - Ambrosia artemisiifolia (Common Ragweed) -. Who solved them correctly received as a prize the second, educational memory card game on ragweed.
Doctor Atopica's educational matching pair game!
Many people, then, queued at Atopica’s stand for its most attractive activity: the skin prick test, organised by the Croatian project partners from the Children’s Hospital of Zagreb. About 100 prick tests were performed in total, and people from over 15 different countries came to the stand to get tested, including some that lived in invaded areas and therefore highly exposed to ragweed.
Right before the EU elections and under the theme “European citizens and democracy” this year, the Open Doors Day was a jam-packed day full of activities that let citizens know what the EU is doing for them and represented a great opportunity for the Atopica team to share the project, its knowledge and passion with the public.