JRC News

  1. 8 Apr 2015

    The JRC has recently launched a new report calling for a concerted effort to phase out inefficient buildings from the European building stock.

  2. 1 Apr 2015

    On 1 April 2015, the JRC released two reports in the area of smart grids, which look at how smart grids research and innovation can help achieve the Energy Union's targets of secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy.

  3. 17 Mar 2015

    Nearly a third of patents filed for technologies in digital communication at the European Patent Office originate in Asia (mainly China, Japan and Korea) and numbers are increasing; what are the consequences? This and other questions were addressed today at the JRC's conference on "The Role of Patents – Innovation in the European digital single market".

  4. 6 Mar 2015

    At the opening of a JRC conference on smart specialisation today, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Creţu said that research areas must be coupled with the economic exploitation of new ideas and permanent questioning on how to do new, better and different things.

  5. 25 Feb 2015

    How technology transfer activities can help EU industry and manufacturing SMEs to adopt advanced and clean manufacturing technologies was the main question of today's workshop, organised by the JRC in cooperation with the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA).

  6. 13 Feb 2015

    The joint Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG Regional and Urban Policy) and JRC's Smart Specialisation Platform is the main tool to support regional and national authorities in designing their related strategies.

  7. 4 Dec 2014

    Investment in research and development by companies based in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013, despite the unfavourable economic environment. However, this growth has slowed in comparison to the previous year's 6.8%. It is also below the 2013 world average (4.9%), and lags behind companies based in the US (5%) and Japan (5.5%).

  8. 1 Dec 2014

    On 27-28 November in Brussels, the JRC organised a conference focusing on the strategic foresight, forecasting and assessment of future technologies. Steered by an international group of experts, the event become a common platform for some 400 practitioners, policy-makers, business, civil society and interested professionals in general to interact and help in guiding strategy, policy and decision-making to anticipate and shape future developments.

  9. 4 Nov 2014

    Disruptive technologies can foster the creation of new markets but may generate new challenges before they are brought to real life. A round table discussion organised by the JRC focused on the example of the flying car and explored the role science can play in horizon scanning, regulation and standardisation.

  10. 9 Oct 2014

    How much is Europe investing in the bioeconomy today? What is the state of the bioeconomy sectors across the EU? What are the related policy initiatives taken at EU and national levels? Replies to those and similar questions can be found on the bioeconomy observatory website, set up by the JRC.