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.
The JRC has published the third edition of its Technology Map of the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan. The map – prepared by the JRC in collaboration with other European Commission services – provides an assessment of the state of the art of a wide portfolio of low-carbon energy technologies. This edition of the Technology Map addresses 20 different technologies, covering the whole spectrum of the energy system, including both supply and demand technologies.
In an agreement signed on 16 December, the Swiss Confederation and the JRC extended their joint research and development work on exhaust emission standards until 2014. Through the close co–operation between the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the JRC, Switzerland has reinforced the information exchange with the EU in air pollution control and numerous joint projects have been undertaken since 2007.
On 16 December 2011 the JRC launched the European Human Resource Observatory for the Nuclear Energy Sector (EHRO-N) and the European Nuclear Safety and Security School (EN3S). The two initiatives are aimed at preserving and upgrading skills in the nuclear field in the European Union.
In a new legislative proposal, the European Commission outlined the set up of a European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR), which will reinforce the control of Schengen external borders. With its expertise in maritime surveillance and open source intelligence, the JRC provided technical support for the conception, development and implementation of EUROSUR.
This first edition of the Innovation Convention, held in Brussels on 5 and 6 December 2011, gathered world leading experts in research and innovation to share their views on building a global innovation economy. The conference – taking place one year after the adoption of the Innovation Union flagship initiative – was opened by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.
Invasive fungal infections (IFI) are a major threat to individuals with cancer, transplants, HIV, and other conditions that weaken their immune system. New research has shown that radioimmunotherapy (RIT) could be a promising avenue for development of new types of treatment of fungal diseases. The research is published in a paper co-authored by JRC scientists in the framework of collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECM) in New York.
A new scientific publication "How to reliably test for GMOs", co–authored by JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) and the Slovenia’s National Institute of Biology (NIB), provides an overview of the current legislation and latest methods for testing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The 100 page guide is addressed to professionals and practitioners within national authorities and testing laboratories worldwide. It was published by Springer.
At the Transatlantic Economic Council meeting in Washington on 29 November the Director-General of the JRC, Dominique Ristori, signed a Letter of Intent for closer cooperation with the US Department of Energy (DoE) on e-mobility and smart grids.
NewsGist, a language software developed by the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), had the highest score among 10 participating software packages in one of the three competing categories at the international Text Analysis Conference (TAC) held on 14 and 15 November in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the US.