From all of us at the JRC, we hope you have a restful holiday period. We're looking forward to the science to come in 2018, but in the meantime, read on for some highlights of the past month and upcoming events in the New Year.
How much soil goes down the drain – new data on soil lost due to water
According to a new study, almost 36 billion tons of soil is lost every year due to water, and deforestation and other changes in land use make the problem worse. The study also offers ideas on how agriculture can change to become a part of the solution from being part of the problem
The Commission has defined a uniform standard for the collection of data on rare diseases in Europe. This is a first step towards ensuring that the data collected by European registries is comparable and the data registries are interoperable – both preconditions for improving the treatment and outcomes for patients suffering from rare diseases.
Macro-Regional Innovation Week - Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Macro-Regions
JRC's Macro-Regional Innovation Week intends to promote the exchange of best practices and knowledge among local and international policy and decision makers, academics, financial institutions and various actors of innovation and technology transfer practitioners among Europe's macro-regions including Western Balkans and East-European neighbouring countries.
The workshop will combine relevant keynote speakers with contributed papers and will run in parallel to the 25th Meeting on Public Economics, a 2-day general-purpose conference focused on Public Economics (in Spanish). The aim is to provide an opportunity to bring together relevant research work in the field of fiscal policy evaluation, both from the micro and macro traditions.
Our handbook for national, regional and local authorities explains why and how to engage with the European Commission's science and knowledge service. The publication explores how the JRC can inform policymaking in a number of areas, from economy and education to sustainability and transport.
Science for the AU-EU Partnership - Building knowledge for sustainable development
People, planet, prosperity and peace are four priorities shared by Africa and Europe, and areas where opportunities for beneficial cooperation abound. This report presents the key findings of the past three decades of collaborative work between the JRC and many organisations and institutions across Africa.
JRC opens its laboratories to wider scientific community
The JRC is opening its scientific laboratories and facilities to scientists and researchers from the private and public sectors.
In a pilot project, three facilities in Ispra (Italy) with the necessary infrastructure to host visitors will offer access through dedicated calls in the fields of safety and security of buildings and of nanobiotechnologies. Other JRC facilities in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands are planning to gradually provide access after completion of the pilot phase in 2017-2018.