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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 European Commission today presented its Communication "Towards a comprehensive climate change agreement in Copenhagen". The Communication represents its latest proposals ahead of the December 2009 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen. The agreement in Copenhagen should be the basis for further international action on climate change, following on from the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period, which ends in 2012.
The 2008 European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) published on 22 January shows the EU making substantial progress in its innovation performance preceding the financial crisis. The "innovation gap" between the EU and both the US and Japan was reduced, thanks in particular to progress made by many new Member States such as Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria. Across the EU, particular progress was made in human resources and the availability of finance for innovation. However, innovative investments by businesses are still relatively weak, especially when compared to the US and Japan.
The European Commission has adopted a decision establishing a new major accident report form. The form, intended for use by national authorities as of December 2008, will also be part of a new online system for reporting accidents and disseminating lessons learned from them. The initiative comes in the context of the Seveso II Directive, which aims to promote the exchange of information among EU Member States on accidents and 'near-misses'.
A panel of 14 international experts led by Sir David King, until recently the Chief Science Adviser to the UK Government, has completed an in-depth review of work carried out by the Joint Research Centre from 2002 – 2006 under the Sixth Framework Programme for Research (FP6). Successes identified include the continued provision of scientific and technical services to the European Commission without compromising scientific vitality or integrity, the focusing of the seven research institutes' competencies and facilities on thematic priorities, enhanced researcher training and networking activities and assistance provided to candidates for EU membership in their final steps of the accession process.
The European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM), part of the JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Production (IHCP), has finalised the evaluation and validation of two further in vitro test methods for chemical substances using human skin cells.
The JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) has selected the architects that will oversee construction of its new office buildings. A technical committee consisting of a panel of architects and four representatives from ITU, JRC and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe evaluated seventeen proposed projects and a range of innovative designs before selecting MGF Architekten GmbH from Stuttgart, last week, 12 December.
The JRC's Thermal, Electro-Magnetic, Physical Equipment Stress Testing (TEMPEST) laboratory at the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) has been accredited in conformance with the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service UKAS.
A new global map released today by the Joint Research Centre and published in the World Bank’s World Development Report 2009 measures urbanisation in the new perspective of Travel Time to 8,500 Major Cities. The map fills an important gap in our understanding of economic, physical and social connectivity.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference in PoznaD closes today, 12 December. In the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the event is a milestone for international processes launched under the Bali Road Map marking the beginning of negotiations on strengthened international action on climate change and set to conclude at the 'COP 15' meeting in Copenhagen next year.
The JRC is presenting its activities at the Renewable Energies Fair Energaïa, taking place in Montpellier, France, from 10-12 December 2008. This annual international trade fair and stakeholder conference,where up to 20,000 participants are expected, covers the field of renewable energies from policy-making and market trends to practical tips on how to install solar panels and wood pellet stoves.