JRC News

  1. 1 Dec 2014

    Scientists from the JRC and from the Dutch Institute of Food Safety (RIKILT) organised the first international interlaboratory study for sizing and quantifying silver (Ag) nanoparticles in two food simulants (distilled water and 10 % aqueous ethanol). 

  2. 29 Nov 2012

    Skills are key to productivity and Europe needs a radical rethink on how education and training systems can deliver the skills needed for the labour market. To meet this challenge the European Commission launched on 20 November 2012 a new strategy called Rethinking Education. This strategy, developed with the JRC's contribution, encourages Member States to take immediate action to ensure that young people develop the right skills and competences and find a rewarding job.

  3. 24 Sep 2014

    In support of EU legislation on safety of chemicals, the JRC has published a state-of-the art review of test methods and non-testing (computational) approaches that help promote the replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal experiments - known as the 3Rs - in the safety assessment of chemicals.  The report "Alternative methods for regulatory toxicology – a state-of-the-art review" focuses on "non-standard" methods, i.e. those that are not included in current regulatory guidelines.

  4. 30 Apr 2014

    The JRC and its partners in the JEC Consortium have re-investigated the potential for fuels from renewable sources to achieve the 10% renewable energy target for the EU transport sector by 2020 as mandated by the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Associated calculations of the greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions as mandated by the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) have also been performed for the different fuel demand scenarios.

  5. 11 Sep 2013

    JRC's SESAMONET (SEcure and SAfe MObility NETwork), a 'virtual path' based on an innovative application of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology is being tested since yesterday at the Kassel Calden regional airport, Germany.

  6. 3 Mar 2014

    A JRC co-authored article published yesterday in Nature Climate Change investigates the financial risks posed by large-scale floods across the EU. The authors advocate increasing adaptation efforts, which should focus on enhancing flood protection measures and risk financing mechanisms in a harmonised way.

    The impacts of large-scale floods are rising due to socio-economic development, and their frequency and intensity are showing signs of increase due to climate change, as seen in the pan-European floods of 2002 and 2013.

  7. 18 Feb 2013

    In the run-up to more widespread autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems in conventional cars, the JRC has conducted a series of measurements to check the efficiency of pedestrian dummies in testing these devices. These dummies are used by the automotive industry to mimic pedestrians for the AEB sensors, and since their widespread use, there was a clear need for harmonised test and evaluation procedures and standards.

  8. 22 Oct 2010

    The European Commission has set out concrete steps to enhance the effectiveness and cost efficiency of surveilling European Seas. The JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) will be deeply involved in the implementation of the 'Roadmap towards establishing the Common Information Sharing Environment ('CISE') for the surveillance of the EU maritime domain'.

  9. 24 Feb 2010

    The European Commission has today appointed Robert-Jan Smits as Deputy Director General of the JRC. He follows Anneli Pauli, who had left the JRC to become Deputy Director General of the Commission's Research Directorate-General.

  10. 19 Jun 2014

    JRC scientists have recently demonstrated the efficiency of near-infrared microscopy (NIRM) to identify the species in processed animal proteins to be used for animal nutrition, correctly differentiating between fishmeal and meat and bone meal even when submitted to different treatments e.g., applying organic solvents to separate fat. This supports the implementation of the modified feed ban (Regulation (EU) No 56/2013) with strong scientific tools.