JRC News

  1. 4 Jan 2016

    JRC scientist Sandra Poikane is the lead author of a recently published article that reviews, intercalibrates and makes recommendations on how best to carry out the ecological assessment of  lakes using benthic invertebrates.

    Under the EU Water Framework Directive, the ecological status of European surface waters is assessed using biological communities.  For lakes, benthic invertebrates have been recognised as one of the most difficult organism groups to use in ecological assessment, and hitherto their use in ecological assessment has been limited.

  2. 14 Dec 2015

    The latest MARS crop monitoring Bulletin, published today, reports that the significantly higher-than-average temperatures experienced by much of central, eastern and northern Europe since the end of November has helped winter crops to become established, but has also impeded their build-up of frost tolerance, leaving them exposed to frost kill should temperatures suddenly turn to normal seasonal values.

  3. 23 Nov 2015

    The latest MARS crop monitoring bulletin finds that growing conditions have been good for recently sown and emerging winter crops, thanks to above-average temperatures in most European agricultural regions from late October to mid-November.

  4. 17 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with scientists from various European laboratories, JRC scientists produced better decay data of the long-lived radionuclide samarium(Sm)-151. This work contributes to an improved radiological characterisation of nuclear waste.


  5. 29 Oct 2015
    The challenge

    The MYGEOSS project launched on 15 September 2015 its second open call for innovative applications using open data, or crowd-generated data in different domains that address citizens’ needs. The call closed on the 30 September 2015 and was a resounding success with 42 applications received from 15 countries: 43% from SMEs, 36% from universities and research centres, and 21% from individuals.

  6. 28 Oct 2015

    In close collaboration with several institutes from Member States (Belgium France, Germany) and Russia, scientists from the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM)  performed an experiment which had the aim to study neutron angular correlations in order to elucidate the neutron emission mechanisms in the fission process.

  7. 22 Oct 2015

    Scientists from the JRC contributed to a study of cross sections for neutron induced reactions with 241Am as a target nucleus. The study resulted in a new evaluation of the cross sections in the resonance region.

  8. 15 Sep 2015

    MYGEOSS is launching a second open call for development of innovative applications (mobile or web-based) using openly available or crowd-generated data in different domains addressing citizens’ needs.

  9. 24 Aug 2015

    Authors from JRC-ITU and four other organizations have generated a Guide on Planning Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) towards Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste. The guide aims to support the development of facilities within lesser advanced nuclear programmes.

  10. 4 Aug 2015

    Rapid technological change is reconfiguring how the data needed to support public policy are produced and used. New satellites, sensors, and mobile devices are increasingly turning the private sector and the public into major producers and users of data, some of which are also very  relevant for public policy. This creates many new opportunities but also challenges for data access, and interoperability among diverse data sources.