JRC News

  1. 3 Jul 2010

    The JRC and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have issued a call to scientists and policy-makers for integrity, openness, clarity and public engagement. Representatives from both organisations made the plea on 3 July at a session of Euroscience Open Forum 2010 in Turin, Italy. The recommendations reflect the findings of a workshop last fall at the JRC’s Ispra site where 21 high-profile science and technology leaders gathered to discuss the use and misuse of science in policy-making. The specialists, each with pertinent experience in real-life scientific support to policy-making, offered advice on best practices and pitfalls in science policy on both sides of the Atlantic.

  2. 2 Jul 2010

    The JRC has today published its new strategy for the period 2010-2020. It envisages reinforced scientific support to EU policy-making based on assessments of policy options identified in close collaboration with the Commission's policy Directorates-General.

  3. 2 Jul 2010

    Despite the growing utilisation of engineered nanomaterials in consumer products and innovative technological applications, there is at present no widely accepted definition of the term "nanomaterial" that is suitable as a basis for legislation on their safe use. Responding to a request of the European Parliament, the JRC published today a reference report entitled "Considerations on a definition of nanomaterial for regulatory purposes".

  4. 1 Jul 2010

    The July / August edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here. It features an editorial by Roland Schenkel, Director General of the JRC, on the organisation's newly adopted strategy for 2010 - 2020.

  5. 28 Jun 2010

    The annual report 2009 of the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) and the new brochure of the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), ‘Science for the environment’, are now available.

  6. 24 Jun 2010

    Dr. Killian Halpin (Ireland) was re-elected Chairperson of the JRC Board of Governors at its last meeting in Oslo (Norway) on Thursday 17 June 2010. This will be Dr. Halpin's second three-year term of service as the Chairperson.

  7. 23 Jun 2010

    The Enterprise Search Solution (ESS) market, a digital services market for the easy retrieval of information within organisations, was worth 831 million Euros in 2008 and has the potential to grow between 10% and 15% every year until 2013, according to a new report published by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). The catalytic effect on other markets brought about by this growth is likely to be significant. The report titled, "Economic Trends in Enterprise Search Solutions", highlights how this technology is key to increasing the competitiveness of the digital economy as it renders business more efficient particularly in data-intensive companies. The report reviews the techno-economic developments in the ESS and forecasts a further consolidation of existing ESS actors. In addition, technical and business alliances involving major European players are also likely to occur, allowing for the pooling of resources for R&D on promising technologies.

  8. 17 Jun 2010

    In May 2010, Member States' data on commercial fish stocks in the Mediterranean, together with data on effort trends and landings at fleet level were assembled by the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) through its dedicated fisheries data collection web site. Thanks to the JRC's persistent efforts and quality checks, more complete and reliable data is now available to support sound scientific advice in fisheries management. Despite shortcomings in the compliance with data call rules, the JRC's scientists were able to provide the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) working group for the Mediterranean with an increased amount of quality data on stocks compared with previous years.

    This success builds on the pioneering STECF work carried out in 2008 and 2009 which aimed to establish scientific evidence to support the development of long-term management plans for selected fisheries in the Mediterranean, and to strengthen the Community's scientific input to the work of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). In 2009 this involved data compilations and assessments for 59 combinations of demersal (i.e. the species that live in closer vicinity with the seabed, e.g. hake, red mullet, red shrimps, common sole, etc.) and small pelagic (such as anchovies and sardines) species, and for Geographical Sub-areas (GSAs) which indicated overfishing for most stocks and recommended reductions in catches and fishing mortality in the short term.

    Over 54% of the Mediterranean fish stocks analysed by scientists are found to be fished to well above sustainable harvest levels. The EU 'Mediterranean Regulation', in force since 1 June 2010 for Member States bordering the Mediterranean basin, aims to improve the management of fisheries to help them become more sustainable, protect the fragile marine environment and restore fish stocks to healthy levels.

  9. 17 Jun 2010

    Vincenzo Rondinella, Dimitrios Papaioannou, Ramil Nasyrow and Jean-Paul Glatz from the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) received, together with their co-authors, the 2009 Significant Contribution Award by the Materials Science and Technology Division of the American Nuclear Society for their paper entitled "Characterization of Metallic Fuel for the Transmutation of Minor Actinides in Fast Reactor".

  10. 15 Jun 2010

    On 15 June, the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements, the Directorate-General for Energy and the International Atomic Energy Agency celebrated the 10th anniversary of the On Site Laboratories at the nuclear reprocessing plants of Sellafield (UK) and La Hague (France).