We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
In the scientific world, as the flood of knowledge increases, there is a greater need for reviewing and analysing this information.
The JRC coordinates knowledge and competence centres to process science-based evidence to inform policy-makers and to provide tools and services for all EU policy areas.
These are virtual entities, bringing together experts and knowledge from different locations inside and outside the European Commission. Their job is to inform policy-makers in a transparent, tailored and concise manner about the status and findings of the latest scientific evidence. They are designed to be a 'one-stop-shop' in their respective areas, and include communities of practice.
These are centred on analytical tools which can be applied to any policy area, bringing together in one place extensive expertise in this field. They offer training courses in the use of the tools for policy-making, advise on the choice of tools and also work directly with the Commission policy Directorates-General to apply the tools to the policy problems in hand.