Joint Research Centre - European Commission

The European Commission's in-house science service
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Sir David King

Sir David King, Evaluation Panel Chairman and former UK Chief Scientific Adviser

Sir David King and independent panel review JRC


A panel of 14 international experts led by Sir David King, until recently the Chief Science Adviser to the UK Government, has completed an in-depth review of work carried out by the Joint Research Centre from 2002 – 2006 under the Sixth Framework Programme for Research (FP6). Successes identified include the continued provision of scientific and technical services to the European Commission without compromising scientific vitality or integrity, the focusing of the seven research institutes' competencies and facilities on thematic priorities, enhanced researcher training and networking activities and assistance provided to candidates for EU membership in their final steps of the accession process.

Sir David King has given his account of the evaluation in a personal interview, which can be accessed here. A second interview with JRC Director-General Roland Schenkel illustrates how the Joint Research Centre proposes to take on board the Panel's findings and the wider implications for the European Commission and pan-European policy-making are tackled in a third interview with Research Commissioner Janez Poto─Źnik.