JRC News

  1. 8 Jan 2010

    The JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) - the largest matrix reference materials producer in Europe and one of the largest producers worldwide - has announced a new and expanded network of authorised distributors.

  2. 5 Jan 2010

    The January edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here. It features an editorial from Killian Halpin, Chairman of the JRC Board of Governors, on the JRC's efforts to define a new corporate strategy.

  3. 5 Jan 2010

    The European Commission has decided a significant reorganisation of the JRC's horizontal services. Taking effect on 1 January, the reorganisation aims to streamline these services and in doing so, making them more efficient. A clearer separation of centralised and decentralised tasks, in particular in the areas of human resource management and finance, is for example aiming at more efficient and timely recruitment of specialized staff.

  4. 22 Dec 2009

    Two new pan-European soil maps have been released to the general public through the EU Soil Portal: the Saline and sodic soil map of Europe and the Soil compaction map of Europe.

  5. 18 Dec 2009

    Two new sets of GMO matrix reference materials have been released by the JRC-IRMM

  6. 17 Dec 2009

    The European Commission today presented the results of the first-ever survey on creativity and innovation in schools. The results show that 94% of European teachers believe creativity is a fundamental competence to be developed at school, and 88% are convinced that everyone can be creative. In order to achieve that, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are considered very important among teachers (80%): computers, educational software, videos, online collaborative tools, virtual learning environments, interactive whiteboards, and free online material and courses. These results were presented at the Closing Conference of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation in Stockholm, 16 – 17 December.

  7. 16 Dec 2009

    The JRC has developed a high resolution digital view of man-made green house gas (GHG) emissions for any 10 km x 10 km area in the world. Using JRC's work on emissions and Google Earth™, this new tool allows the visualisation of the levels of emissions locally from 1970 to 2005 and the identification of the main sources.

  8. 14 Dec 2009

    The level of innovation in regions varies considerably across almost all EU countries. This is one of the main findings of the 2009 Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS), published today by the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), together with the Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry and the Maastricht University (MERIT).

  9. 11 Dec 2009

    After the recent release of the final report of the PESETA project on the impact of climate change in Europe, the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) is launching a series of monographic reports with more information on each of the sector specific studies of the project. The first such report, "Impacts of climate change in agriculture in Europe" has been published today. If the climate expected in the 2080s occurred today, European agriculture could face an annual decrease of up to 10% in crop yields, which would translate into yearly additional GDP losses of 0.32%.

  10. 7 Dec 2009

    Sensitivity analysis is more and more frequently adopted by scientists to understand numerical models that are employed to simulate and predict natural and social-economic phenomena. Sensitivity analysis is the study of how the variation in the output of a model can be apportioned, qualitatively or quantitatively, to different sources of variation.