As one of the few multinational and multicultural research centres in Europe, the JRC collaborates with many external organisations. Collaboration and networking with the international research community, national authorities and industry are crucial to carry out JRC's work programme. We encourage such partnerships as a means of sharing competencies, acquiring new knowledge and maintaining high scientific quality through objective benchmarking.
At the same time, our independence from national and commercial interests, our proximity to EU policy-makers and our breadth of expertise enable us to deliver highly valuable contributions to a wide range of joint research activities and make JRC a desirable partner.
The JRC works with some 1000 partners world-wide, a large majority of which are located in the EU Member States.
Collaboration with these partners takes different forms, for example: joint research projects, networks with national enforcement laboratories & agencies, knowledge transfer, opening up access to JRC large scale facilities and databases, participation in workshops & seminars, mobility & training schemes for young scientists, a targeted approach to integrate New Member States, Candidate countries and neighbouring countries.
Besides the various formal aspects of collaboration, some cooperation is of a more informal nature. This depends of the wide range of contacts individual staff members have built up during their professional careers or through their participation in international seminars and working groups.