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.
Electricity is the backbone of European society. When a natural disaster hits the power grid, recovery can happen in a matter of hours or it could take months to fully restore electricity supply. As well as hampering emergency response efforts, power cuts can trigger accidents and bring economic activity to a halt.
Corals may have unexpected allies in improving their health and resilience.
In a new study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society, the scientists show how tiny hydrozoans, polyps smaller than one millimeter and commonly found in dense colonies on the surface of hard corals, may play a role in keeping corals safe and healthy.
The chemical sector has a big role to play in tackling climate change and achieving EU energy targets. The wide scale use of existing and - in particular - emerging innovative energy technologies can bring big emissions savings to the sector.
A positive future for food and farming with a strong EU agri-food sector also depends on an effective Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
According to a new study, almost 36 billion tons of soil is lost every year due to water, and deforestation and other changes in land use make the problem worse. The study also offers ideas on how agriculture can change to become a part of the solution from being part of the problem
The Commission has defined a uniform standard for the collection of data on rare diseases in Europe. This is a first step towards ensuring that the data collected by European registries is comparable and the data registries are interoperable – both preconditions for improving the treatment and outcomes for patients suffering from rare diseases.
In EU countries, any disease affecting fewer than 5 people in 10 000 is considered rare. There are more than 6000 distinct rare diseases in the EU, affecting around 30 million people.
Today the JRC signed an agreement with the French Institut national de l'environnement industriel et des risques (INERIS) to reinforce cooperation in the fields of industrial risks and safety as well as environmental security.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) follows a number of joint activities, projects and scientific publications. Through the MoU, the JRC and INERIS want to reinforce this mutually beneficial cooperation and provide a basis for additional complementary activities and knowledge sharing.
The areas of collaboration will include: