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UNFCCC logo United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Jun 12 2008

Intense negotiations are ongoing in Bonn, Germany, during the 28th Sessions of Subsidiary bodies of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The aim is to move forward in the road towards a global agreement on a post-Kyoto climate change framework to be reached by December 2009. During the Bonn meeting scientists from the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) have contributed to two of the hottest topics on ground: the future treatment of the “Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)” sector and the “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation on developing countries (REDD)” issue.

truck on road in Ireland Digital tachographs are mandatory on EU roads
Jun 12 2008

On 21 May 2008 the European Root Certification Authority (ERCA) celebrated the performance of the 50th key certification session provided to Member States and other associated countries in the context of the European legislation on the digital tachograph system.

Job opportunities at the JRC Job opportunities at the JRC
Jun 06 2008

Are you interested in becoming a permanent member of the Joint Research Centre's staff? We are looking for qualified technicians and laboratory technicians in a variety of fields including nuclear, infrastructure and civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. The European Personnel Selection Office has recently launched a number of competitions in these and other fields on behalf of the JRC. 

hot cell laboratory at ITU Fuel safety research: hot cell laboratory at ITU
Jun 04 2008

Scientists from the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) presented their activities on the new generation of nuclear reactors and the development of new types of nuclear fuels at the Annual Meeting on Nuclear Technology 2008. The event, the largest nuclear conference in Germany with more than 1300 participants, was held by the Deutsches Atomforum e.V. (German Atomic Forum) and the Kerntechnische Gesellschaft e.V. (German Nuclear Society) in Hamburg on May 27 - 29, 2008. The variety of topics covered almost all aspects of the civil use of nuclear energy. Numerous papers were presented by experts from research, industry and politics outlining viewpoints and recent research findings.

Graphical representation of an operating theatre with five force-reflective, tele-robotics surgical systems for laparoscopy Graphical representation of an operating theatre with five force-reflective, tele-robotics surgical systems for laparoscopy
Jun 04 2008

Laparoscopic or 'keyhole' surgery is about to become safer and more efficient thanks to ALF-X, a new surgical tele-robotics system with innovative tactile sensing capabilities. The system, to be presented today for the first time at the 17th Annual Congress of the International Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy in Bari (Italy), represents a breakthrough in tele-robotic surgery. It was developed by scientists from the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) and the pharmaceutical company SOFAR S.p.A..

car being refilled with hydrogen "Clean" energy: hydrogen, a fuel for the future
May 30 2008

The future of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Europe is on its way. The Council adopted today the regulation setting up the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. This public-private joint technology initiative (JTI) will implement the EU target-oriented research and development to support the broad market introduction of these technologies. Founding members are the European Community and a non-profit association of European industry interests composed of a major share of Europe's fuel cells and hydrogen companies of all sizes from micro to large multinationals. The Commission is expected to fund 470 M€ from the Seventh Framework Programme for a period of six years which will be at least matched by industry contributions. The first calls for proposals are expected to be published after this summer. The official celebration of the launch will be at the JTI's first Stakeholders' General Assembly the 14 and 15 of October this year in Brussels.

Benchmarking Lifelong Learning performance in Canadian Communities using simulations and a set of 17 selected indicators of learning Benchmarking Lifelong Learning performance in Canadian Communities using simulations and a set of 17 selected indicators of learning
May 28 2008

Lifelong learning works as a catalyst to competitiveness, prosperity and social cohesion and yet no country has attempted to measure lifelong learning within its population. The Composite Leaning Index (CLI) developed by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) shows how this gap might be filled by assessing the state of lifelong learning over time, for individual communities and across Canada using the conceptual four-pillar framework of lifelong learning proposed by UNESCO.

ERA logo European Research Area
May 27 2008

The Commission presented today its Communication on "Better Careers and More Mobility: A European Partnership for Researchers". This Communication, which is a follow up of the 2007 Green Paper "The European Research Area: New Perspectives" aims at establishing a partnership between the Member States and the Commission to ensure that the necessary human resources in research are available to sustain and enhance the contribution of science and technology to a dynamic, knowledge based European society.

microorganisms Soil is a medium that thrives with life
May 23 2008

On the occasion of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, scientists from the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability have organised a public awareness event on soil biodiverity.

Global deposition of reactive nitrogen deposition [mg N/m2/year] in the year 2000 Global deposition of reactive nitrogen deposition [mg N/m2/year] in the year 2000
May 22 2008

A scientist of the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) has co-authored a study published in Science Magazine (Science 16 May 2008: Vol. 320 no. 5878, p. 893) on the consequences of man-made nitrogen input into the world's oceans.

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