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Van de Graaff accelerator at JRC-IRMM Van de Graaff accelerator at JRC-IRMM
Nov 11 2008

The JRC is providing researchers with access to its particle accelerator facilities at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) as part of a newly launched European research project.

EFSA's Executive-Director Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle and JRC Director-General Roland Schenkel Signature of the Collaboration Agreement between JRC and EFSA
©JRC, 10.11.2008
Nov 10 2008

A co-operation agreement signed today in Brussels will advance scientific co-operation and the development of international standards in the field of food and feed safety.

Sneeze How is the flu is transmitted from person to person?
©Evah Smit
Nov 07 2008

It may come as a surprise to many, but the precise manner in which the flu is transmitted from person to person remains unknown. The prevailing view is that large droplets expelled during coughing or sneezing are chiefly responsible for transmitting the disease. But coughing and sneezing also produces fine droplets that can remain airborne for extended periods of time and the role of these small particles has been particularly contentious among influenza researchers.

Aviation safety: international cooperation is key Aviation safety: international cooperation is key
©Nevit Dilmen
Oct 31 2008

During their eighth Accident Investigation and Prevention Divisional meeting, held in Montreal at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) from 13 to 18 October 2008, safety experts from all over the world have put forth a series of recommendations aimed at improving aircraft accident and incident investigations. ECCAIRS, a tool developed by the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) for collecting, sharing and analyzing aviation safety information, has been recommended for operating occurrence databases in all ICAO's Member States.

JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news
Oct 30 2008

The first edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published today. The purpose of this new monthly publication is to provide customers, stakeholders and staff, along with anyone interested in who we are and what we do, with a selection of recent highlights from scientific achievements, support to European policy making, contributions to scientific events and other news of interest. This initiative will hopefully contribute both to an increasing awareness of the JRC and greater understanding of its very special role in providing science and technology advice to policy makers and the JRC's customers in general.

Delegation of the European Parliament's ITRE Committee Delegation of the European Parliament's ITRE Committee
Oct 29 2008

On 29 October, a delegation of the European Parliament's ITRE Committee (Industry, Research and Energy) visited the Ispra site of the JRC. The delegation consisted of 7 MEPs, 3 Political Advisors and 2 staff from the ITRE secretariat. The objective of this visit was threefold:

Field Picture from French Guiana recently cleared forest area for agriculture purpose (Cassava) Field Picture from French Guiana recently cleared forest area for agriculture purpose (Cassava)
©Hugh Eva, JRC
Oct 23 2008

Negotiators at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are examining a major forestry issue relevant for the post-Kyoto agreement:  the Reducing of Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries, also called the REDD mechanism.

Guaranteeing the safety of deposits in Europe Guaranteeing the safety of deposits in Europe
©Konrad Mostert
Oct 17 2008

The European Commission has put forward a revision of EU rules on deposit protection that puts into action commitments made at the last EU Finance Ministers meeting on 7 October 2008. The new rules are designed to improve depositor protection and to maintain the confidence of depositors in the financial safety net and the proposals are largely based on the work done in this field by the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC).

Report cover The 2008 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard is now available
Oct 15 2008

The 2008 EU R&D Industrial Investment Scoreboard is now available. R&D investment by EU companies has increased by 8.8% according to the report, published today. This compares to an increase of 8.6% in investment by American companies.

August vegetables August vegetables
©Paul Grant
Oct 15 2008

The Green Paper on agricultural product quality adopted today by the European Commission aims to open a debate on how to help European farmers maximise the quality of the food and drink they produce and better respond to consumer demands. As globalisation brings about pressure from low cost products produced overseas and as consumer tastes evolve, Europe's most potent weapon is "quality".

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