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.
STOA, the European Parliament's own resource for scientific advice in all policy fields, celebrated its 20th anniversary with the "STOA Experience" exhibition in Strasbourg this week.
The Annual reports 2006 from the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, the Institute for Transuranium Elements and the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen are now available.
On 29 June the European Commission published the Green Paper "Adapting to climate change in Europe - options for EU action", which sets out options for EU action to help the process of adaptation to climate change across Europe. The Green Paper and its annex include early results of the JRC PESETA study on the possible impacts of climate change in Europe over the 21st century. In particular, it presents maps based on projections of climate conditions in Europe in the 2080s and of the possible physical impacts in the following key sectors: agriculture, human health, tourism, river discharge, and coastal areas.
The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education is organising today a conference on co-operation between the JRC and Polish research institutions. The event, which takes place at Wroclaw University of Technology, aims to inform the JRC management and Board of Governors of current trends in Poland's R&D policy and scientific activities in the Wroclaw area and present JRC activities to current and potential Polish partner organisations. It has been opened by the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education (Prof. MichaelB SeweryDski), the Mayor of Wroclaw (Mr RafaB Dutkiewicz) and Prof. Jerzy Buzek, MEP and former Prime Minister of Poland.
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.
The paper authored by Evangelos Tzimas, Aliki Georgakaki and Stathis Peteves from the Energy Systems Evaluation Unit at the JRC's Institute for Energy entitled "The evolution of the European Fossil Fuel Power Generation Sector and its Impact on the Sustainability of the Energy System" received the Best Paper Award in the thematic area ‘The European Market’ during the PowerGen Europe 2007 Conference.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 5 July 2007 during a JRC Board of Governors meeting taking place in the city of Wroclaw, Poland. The agreement outlines enhanced co-operation measures between Turkish research organisations represented by TÜB0TAK and the Joint Research Centre.
Dr Killian Halpin was elected Chairperson of the JRC Board of Governors at its last meeting in Wroclaw (Poland) on Thursday 5 July 2007. He succeeds Prof. Fernando Aldana, who decided to step down after 9 years of continuous service. Dr Halpin held several senior management positions in the Irish government, such as Director of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at Forfas, Head of the S&T policy group of Eolas and Director of the Industrial Materials Division of the Institute for Industrial Research and Standards.
A report published by the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) indicates that overall electricity consumption is growing in the EU. Even if the EU and the Member States have adopted numerous successful measures to curb energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions, the electricity consumption in the residential sector of the EU-25 grew at a rate comparable to overall GDP (10.8 percent), effectively nullifying overall savings between 1999 and 2004.
The JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has released several new reference materials that are now available to analytical laboratories in industry, from public authorities or scientific institutions. These include a quality control material for the analysis of polybrominated flame retardants in polymers, as well as new reference materials for the measurements of various trace elements in plastic materials and for the quality control and calibration of detection methods of genetically modified maize.