JRC News

  1. 21 Aug 2009

    At the World Water Week in Stockholm, under the EU Water Initiative (EUWI), the JRC introduced two new and updated information systems, essential tools for effective knowledge management among the international water community.

  2. 10 Aug 2009

    Estimates from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) show that 200,000 hectares of land in the EU have already burnt in 2009, compared to a total of 180,000 in 2008. EFFIS continuously monitors the forest fire risk, which at present is still high, and has just released the 'Forest Fires in Europe 2008' report providing a comprehensive overview of the forest fire danger conditions and impact of forest fires in Europe for 2008.

  3. 5 Aug 2009

    The JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU), together with international partners, will carry out research into the possibilities of using catalysts based on 'actinide' elements (such as uranium, neptunium, plutonium and beyond) to convert hydrocarbons from biomass or fossil fuels into high-value chemicals. This could lead to new ways of reducing the release of greenhouse gases such as methane into the atmosphere, while at the same time offering economic benefits.

  4. 31 Jul 2009

    The July edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here. It features an editorial from Božidar Đelić, the Republic of Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister for EU Integration and Minister of Science and Technological Development, on his country's cooperation with the JRC and on the recent EU Research Information Event in Belgrade.

  5. 31 Jul 2009

    The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector accounts for 26% of all industrial Research and Development (R&D) expenditure in the EU and employs 32% of business sector researchers, according to the 2009 Report on R&D in ICT in the European Union (PREDICT) recently published by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies.

  6. 27 Jul 2009

    The forest fire situation in Europe is constantly monitored by the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), a system established by the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) and the European Commission's Directorate General for Environment.

  7. 13 Jul 2009

    Following the discovery of contaminated sunflower oil imported from Ukraine (April 2008), the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has tested 55 analytical laboratories from 17 EU Member States plus Switzerland and Ukraine to determine their capability to measure levels of the contaminant, mineral oil, in sunflower oil.

  8. 10 Jul 2009

    ECVAM, the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods, is renewing its Scientific Advisory Structure. An open call for the expression of interest to become member of the ECVAM Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) has been published on the ECVAM website. Deadline for submission is 30 September 2009.

  9. 10 Jul 2009

    Following the spread of major forest fires in Corsica earlier this month, French authorities made a request for additional fire fighting aircraft through the European Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC), based in Brussels. The MIC responded by providing European reserve fire-fighting aircraft within three hours of the request.

  10. 7 Jul 2009

    A new report from the JRC's Institute for Energy (IE) published today looks at the likely impact of increased reliance on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and more shipments of LNG to the European Union. The report concludes that LNG may remain an expensive energy option for the foreseeable future, with both affordability and geo-political issues expected to remain key factors in this area of the energy sector. The report is intended as just one source of information in a number of elements to be taken into consideration in the development of EU energy policy.