Networks & bureaus

To meet its objectives and deliver high-quality scientific support and results, the JRC has developed lasting partnerships with external entities sharing a common interest in specific research areas. This collaboration is essential for the JRC's work on harmonisation and validation of methods and measurements, establishing common standards, and providing scientific and technical support for the implementation of European legislation.

JRC's networking activities also respond to European policy makers' and EU Member States' increasing demands to establish common scientific reference systems. The JRC collaborates with hundreds of partner organisations in scientific networks worldwide, covering a broad range of fields from climate change and air quality to environmental monitoring of radioactivity and food contact materials.

  1. The AQUILA Network, managed by the JRC ensures that air quality is measured in a coherent way in different counties and laboratories in Europe.

    Acronym: AQUILA
  2. The Forum for Air quality Modelling (FAIRMODE) is a joint response action of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC). Its aim is to bring together air quality modellers and users in order to promote and support the harmonised use of models by EU member countries, with emphasis on their application to the European Air Quality Directive.

    Acronym: FAIRMODE
  3. JRC is co-charing together with Emisia ( and the I.S.P.R.A. ( the Expert Panel on Transport of the Task Force on Emission Inventories and Projections (TFEIP). The TFEIP operates under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. It supports Parties in the reporting of official air pollutant emissions and projections data to the Convention.

    Acronym: TFEIP
  4. The JRC runs one of only two stations in Italy that measure air pollution within the framework of the European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP). The JRC EMEP station monitors concentrations of carbon monoxide, ozone and secondary aerosol precursors and several physical and chemical parameters characterizing particulate matter.

    Acronym: EMEP
  5. The European Research for Mobile Emission Sources (ERMES) is a group of research institutions, competent authorities, industry associations, whose mission includes the support of cooperative research in the field of transport emission modelling.


    Acronym: ERMES
  6. The Steering Committee for the European Coordination Centre for Accident and Incident Reporting Systems (ECCAIRS) is the group of representatives of the EU Member States that guide the European Commission in the implementation and maintenance of means and methods required to run an efficient and effective data collection, integration and exchange network for transport safety information.

    Acronym: ECCAIRS Steering Committee