JRC News

  1. 10 May 2007

    According to the 2007 Scoreboard, companies have increased their R&D investment by 10%. Three EU companies keep a position within the top 10 R&D ranking: DaimlerChrysler (5th), GlaxoSmithKline (7th) and Siemens (8th). Results also show that EU-based companies have increased their R&D by 7.4%, compared with 5.3% in the 2006 Scoreboard. By sectors, pharmaceuticals & biotechnology becomes the top R&D investing sector, overtaking the technology hardware & equipment sector. On the downside, the report shows that EU companies continued to grow their R&D investment at a lower rate than companies in the rest of the world.

  2. 20 Jun 2007

    The JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) has contributed to the Commission’s new European Action Plan for "Ageing Well in the Information Society", adopted last 14 June 2007. The plan is accompanied by a new European research programme which will invest over 1 billion EUR in research into information and communication technologies helping older Europeans to stay active for longer and live independently. JRC-IPTS' foresight activities in the fields of ICT for Independent Living and older users' needs, eHealth and eInclusion have been a very valuable input to this Action Plan.

  3. 6 Jul 2007

    After organising with the OECD last April the Rome workshop "Is happiness measurable and what do those measures mean for policy?", the JRC now contributed to the 2nd World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Policy" entitled 'Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies' last week in Istanbul. This event was organised by the OECD, in co-operation with the European Commission, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the United Nations and the World Bank.

  4. 15 Oct 2007

    "eLearning Lisbon 2007: Delivering on the Lisbon Agenda" takes place today and tomorrow in Lisbon under the auspices of the EU Portuguese Presidency and the European Commission. With 1200 registered participants, the conference brings together experts from the fields of technology, education and training, research, industry and governmental organisations.

  5. 19 Nov 2007

    In support of the upcoming European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), the JRC has released major new studies mapping the potential of energy technologies and the energy research capacity in Europe. Including the latest data from stakeholders Europe-wide, this mapping exercise highlights that a broad portfolio of technologies needs to be developed strategically and inclusively to meet stated policy goals. The studies, undertaken by the JRC Institute for Energy (IE) and Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), underline divergent research priorities between Member States and insufficient investment in research and development. The overall picture shows that we are not on track to meet energy policy objectives.

  6. 22 Nov 2007

    The European Commission has presented today the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan). Low carbon technologies will play a vital role in reaching Europe's energy and climate change targets. The main goal of the SET-Plan is to accelerate the development and implementation of these technologies. The JRC is supporting the SET-Plan establishment and development in particular by providing technology and capacity mapping.

  7. 5 Dec 2007

    The JRC Institute for Prospective Technologies (IPTS) presents today at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali the report "Global Climate Policy Scenarios for 2030 and beyond". This report's main findings and the scenarios presented in it served as a contribution to the January 2007 Commission Communication: "Limiting Global Climate Change to 2 degree Celsius: The way ahead for 2020 and beyond".

  8. 7 Dec 2007

    A new report by the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) shows that urgent guidelines are needed for the counselling of patients that opt to screen their embryos created by in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for serious genetic disorders, and there is a need for specific quality assurance schemes.

  9. 13 Dec 2007

    Today the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) published a report entitled “Assessment of the environmental advantages and drawbacks of existing and emerging polymer recovery processes". The report describes the plastics waste streams generated by different economic sectors in the EU and develops an outlook of the composition of these streams for the coming 10 years.