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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 second edition (October-November) of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here. You can also receive a monthly e-mail alert to new issues of the newsletter by subscribing to the JRC's electronic mailing lists.
The European Commission has adopted a staff working document entitled "The use of ICT to support innovation and lifelong learning for all - A report on progress", that describes how e-learning has developed in Europe since the year 2000 and assesses the impact of ICT on schools and higher education.
The JRC has published a new Reference Report today, 25 November 2008, to coincide with Europe's biggest research event for information and communication technologies, ICT 2008. The report, "Mapping R&D Investment by the European ICT Business Sector" provides European business and policy decision-makers with the first comprehensive overview of available data on European ICT industry R&D spending.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities carried out annually by Shanghai's Jiao Tong University (SJTU) has become a reference for scholars and policy makers in the field of higher education. However, a recent study by the JRC has cast doubt on the substance of statistics upon which the ranking is based. The study, carried out by researchers at the Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning based on indicators and benchmarks (CRELL) and published in September, asks whether the Jiao Tong ranking serves its intended purpose and compares it with the most widely cited European alternative, Britain's The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).
On 18 November 2008 the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences - Centre for Earth Observation and Digital Earth signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a co-operation in the field of advanced image analysis in support to disaster management.
The EU code of conduct for data centres launched today by the European Commission provides guidelines, recommendations and examples of best practice which could lead to a reduction in energy consumption by data centres in Europe of up to 20%.
The European Commission yesterday proposed a wide-ranging energy package with the aim of boosting energy security in Europe and supporting the "20-20-20" climate change target proposals to be agreed upon by December. The new strategy seeks to build up energy solidarity among Member States and to stimulate investment in more efficient, low-carbon energy networks.
A joint study involving JRC scientists Frank Bruchertseifer and Alfred Morgenstern from the Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) and collaborators from Klinikum Rechts der Isar (KRDI) in Munich has won the 2008 Marie Curie Award of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine.
The JRC, together with the European Commission's Directorates General for Environment and Enterprise, today launch TSAR, a special website for information on tracking the status of regulatory approval for new test methods as alternatives to animal testing. The website is intended as a step towards addressing concerns over the limited availability of such alternatives and it should provide more transparency throughout the regulatory approval process, from the proposition of a new method to its final approval.
The JRC is providing researchers with access to its particle accelerator facilities at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) as part of a newly launched European research project.