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Jun 19 2013
This week - 17 to 21 June 2013 - the 19th International Conference on Radionuclide Metrology and its Applications will take place in Antwerp, Belgium. This conference is organised by the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC).
The JRC acts as EU Reference Laboratory for GMOs The JRC acts as EU Reference Laboratory for GMOs
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Jun 18 2013

Following the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that an unapproved variety of genetically modified, herbicide resistant wheat was found in a field in Oregon, the JRC, as European Union Reference Laboratory for GMOs, was requested to work out an efficient control system.

Fire danger in Europe during the 2012 fire season (EFFIS) Fire danger in Europe during the 2012 fire season (EFFIS)
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Jun 18 2013

An article on the main causes of forest fires in Europe, co-authored by scientists from the JRC and IRSTEA (French national research Institute of S&T for environment and agriculture), has been recently published in the Environmental Management journal. The article analyses the factors driving forest fire ignition in the EU Mediterranean region, where most (85%) of European forest fires are recorded.

Jun 13 2013
The scientific workshop on olive oil authentication, jointly organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and the Joint Research Centre, Institute of Reference Materials and Measurements (Geel, Belgium) together with the International Olive Council, took place in Madrid on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th June.
Fuel cell stack undergoing testing at the JRC. Fuel cell stack undergoing testing at the JRC.
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Jun 13 2013

The aerospace sector is likely to tap into the automotive hydrogen fuel cell technology in the years to come, according to an article co-authored by the JRC and the European Space Agency (ESA) in the scientific journal Acta Astronautica. The article examines the current hydrogen activities in the terrestrial and aerospace industries, highlighting potential performance improvements and cost savings.

Jun 13 2013

The JRC Composite Indicators Research Group participated at the launch event for the Gender Equality Index, developed by the European Institute for Gender Equality, upon request of the European Commission.

50 years of JRC-ITU 50 years of JRC-ITU
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Jun 11 2013

On 15 June the Joint Research Centre’s Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe (JRC-ITU) celebrates its 50th anniversary. The 1000 visitors will join the celebrations on a journey, discovering science together with renowned scientists and specialists. They will have the unique opportunity to visit the laboratories and an extensive range of advanced facilities, many unavailable elsewhere in Europe.

Image of wheat crop The JRC contributes to the OECD–FAO 2013 Agricultural Outlook 2013-2022 report
Jun 07 2013

The OECD–FAO 2013 Agricultural Outlook for the period 2013-2022 has been released yesterday. It projects a slow-down in the medium-term expansion of world agricultural production because of limited area expansion and slower productivity growth. Agricultural commodity prices in real terms will be held above pre-2007 levels by tight market conditions and higher input costs.

An overview of the active EFAS warnings (red and orange triangles) for the forecast of 03.06.2013. An overview of the active EFAS warnings (red and orange triangles) for the forecast of 03.06.2013.
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Jun 06 2013

Since beginning of June central Europe has faced, once again, severe flooding of the rivers Elbe and Danube and their tributaries with severe damage already reported. The flood waters are threatening to cause more damage as the flood waves travel down river.

The JRC is contributing to European emergency preparedness through raising awareness and monitoring of the events. The European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) informed the relevant national authorities and the European Commission's Emergency Response Centre (ERC) several days in advance with reports of potential flooding.

Croatia will join the EU on 1 July Croatia will join the EU on 1 July
Jun 05 2013

In the run up to Croatia's accession to the EU, which will take place on 1 July, the JRC has today organised an information day in Zagreb, in order to update the Croatian scientific and policy community about the different possibilities of cooperation with the European Commission's in-house science service.

Cooperation is already on going and was presented during the event, in addition to the Croatian priorities in the area of science and innovation and some background information on how the JRC works with EU countries and research laboratories.