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European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) - Newsletter
The European Commission's science and knowledge service
In this issue - March 2017
 

News
New application for tracking invasive alien species with your smartphone
The JRC has developed a smartphone app that will help citizens to capture and share information about 37 invasive alien species of Union concern in Europe. The 'Invasive Alien Species Europe' app, which contains detailed information and photos of those plants and animals, makes it possible for citizens to use their phones' GPS system and camera to capture images of them.
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Key role of forests in meeting climate targets
Forests cover around 25% of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions planned by countries for 2030 in response to the Paris Agreement. In an article published in Nature Climate Change, JRC scientists call for robust, transparent and credible data to track the real mitigation potential of forests, and highlight the important role of the scientific community in this process.
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Supporting rare diseases data sharing at the EU level for more effective patient care
28 February is the Rare Disease Day, meant to raise awareness about rare diseases. The JRC and DG SANTE are developing the European Platform on Rare Diseases Registration to combine data on rare diseases, scattered across over 600 patients registries in the EU.
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Nudging consumers into making better purchases online
Small changes in the website design of online shops could significantly reduce the risk of incompatible purchases by customers, concludes a recent JRC study published on 10 March in PLOS ONE. Warning messages appealing to the customer's emotions and information provided at check-out were the most effective methods of avoiding disappointment.
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A new page in scientific cooperation with Slovenia

On 28 February 2017, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's science and knowledge service, and the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport signed a Memorandum of Understanding to boost cooperation and scientific excellence.

The Memorandum opens new avenues for scientific exchange and synergies in the fields of energy, transport, public health, security, climate change, digital transformation, and biotechnology, among others.

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Events
20 April 2017 - Brussels
New Narratives of Energy and Sustainability
The task of this series of inspirational workshops is to bring unconventional thinking about different topics. This workshop focuses on energy and energy policies inside the EU institutions and has ensuing discussions about different insights.
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16 - 19 May 2017 - Ispra
International GNSS Summer School 2017

This year the International GNSS Summer School will be hosted by the Norwegian Space Centre and held at Longyearbyen, Svalbard – Spitsbergen, Norway, on 4-15 September 2017.

The The summer school is held in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and four internationally renewed universities: the Bundeswehr Universität München,  ISAE Supaero, Stanford University and Technical University (TU) Graz.

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17 - 19 May 2017 - Dresden
Dresden Nexus Conference 2017 - SDGs and NEXUS Approach: Monitoring and Implementation

The Dresden Nexus Conference is a platform to discuss current research and initiatives applying the Nexus Approach and the benefits for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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27 - 29 September 2017 - Seville
6th European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation CONCORDi 2017 - Innovation and Industrial Dynamics: Challenges for the next decade
On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, CONCORDi 2017 aims to present and discuss both theoretical and empirical contributions relevant to corporate R&D, innovation and technological advancement.The Conference will be structured in plenary sessions (with interventions by invited speakers and round-table panelists), parallel sessions (with presenters selected following the call for papers) and posters sessions.There will be no conference registration fee.
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Publications
Enhancing fish species identification using novel markers and emerging technologies
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Collaboration and networks: EU13 participation in international science
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