We are doing science for policy
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.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the JRC Ispra site, a brochure on the site's evolution through the decades has been produced.
The JRC has published a report on possible additional policies aimed at improving the environmental performance of buildings. Authored by Andreas Uihlein and Peter Eder of the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), the report assesses the various barriers to energy efficiency and looks at measures necessary to overcome them.
The JRC Annual Report 2008, published today, provides an overview of the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the JRC’s work carried out in 2008.
The European Commission has today adopted a Communication paving the way for a new classification of agricultural areas with 'natural handicaps' deserving of special agricultural aid. The classification is based on eight soil, terrain and climate-related criteria established by the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) in collaboration with a network of scientific experts as a basis for objectively and clearly categorising such areas.
The JRC site in Ispra, Italy, celebrates its 50th anniversary with an Open Day on 16 May 2009. After the highly successful Open Day in 2007 with almost 8,000 participants, this year’s edition promises to be bigger and better than ever. The day’s programme will include more visits to interesting laboratories with interactive experiments as well as lively presentations, shows and entertainment for all age groups. Again, a special programme for children with scientific games and quizzes has been prepared.
Today the Joint Research Centre announced the winners of the Italian science competition for schools "Science and Creativity in the class room". The winning entries, chosen from 214 entries from all over Italy, are:
The European Commission has published a new report on national strategies to ensure the coexistence of genetically modified crops with conventional and organic farming. The report notes that EU Member States have made significant progress in adopting legislation on coexistence, 15 having now done so, which is 11 more than in 2006 when the first coexistence report was published. Another 3 Member States have notified draft legislation to the Commission.
The European Commission presented today a White Paper outlining actions needed to strengthen the Union's resilience in coping with a changing climate. Recent findings indicate that the impacts of climate change will be swifter and more severe than indicated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in their 2007 report. Europe will not escape these effects and must therefore prepare to cope with them.
On 30 March the European Commission launched a policy initiative on the protection of Critical Information Infrastructures (CIIs) such as telephone lines, fibre-optic cables and computer networks.
The March edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here. This month's issue includes an editorial by Leen Hordijk, Director of the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability and covers topics ranging from greener road transport to gene patents and the re-assessment of the half-life of uranium isotopes.