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.
On Sunday, 7 October 2007, the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), located in Geel, Belgium, will open its doors to the public during the Open Bedrijvendag of Flanders. Visitors will be able to visit laboratories, try experiments and attend presentations. The fire brigade from IRMM will also give demonstrations.
On 25 September, the European Commission has adopted the final report of the competition inquiry on the business insurance sector. The report builds on the interim report of January 2007 which summarized the information jointly obtained by the Commission's Competition DG and the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) through an analysis of responses to questionnaire-based surveys of some of the major participants in the EU insurance market.
The 2007 MARS PAC annual conference - the thirteenth - will be held in collaboration with the Spanish Paying Agency FEGA, from 12 to 14 November at the Palacio de Congresos, Madrid.
The JRC contributed to the 2007 Progress Report on Education and Training. The report - presented today by the Commission - shows that Europe is making good progress as regards tertiary maths, science and technology graduates and that the number of early school leavers is continuously declining. However, progress is more limited as regards upper secondary attainment of young people and lifelong learning participation of adults. No progress has so far been achieved in reducing the share of pupils with low reading skills.
The team of Euresearch Head Office in Bern, accompanied by its Director, Olivier Küttel, and the JRC National Contact Point (NCP), Sasha Hugentobler, visited the JRC Ispra site on 1-2 October 2007. Euresearch is the Swiss association, mandated by the State Secretariat for Education and Research, that informs, motivates trains and advises with the goal to increase the Swiss participation to FP7. All Swiss Framework Programme NCPs participated in this visit.
The European Commission has adopted two proposals today that will mark a step forward in the development and marketing of clean and safe hydrogen vehicles The first is the setting up of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative (JTI), an ambitious industry-led integrated programme of Research, technology development and demonstration activities. This Public-Private Partnership driven by European industry will be implemented over the next 6 years with a financial contribution from the EU of € 470 million, to be matched by the private sector. The JTI should accelerate the development of hydrogen technologies to the point of commercial take-off between 2010 and 2020. Secondly, a number of hydrogen cars are already ripe for market introduction today. Thus, the Commission proposes to simplify their approval so that they will be seen more often on Europe's streets. Both proposals will now be considered by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
The aim of the new package is to develop a joined-up, cross-sectoral and coherent approach to maritime activities. Such an approach will allow the Union to benefit from the full potential of our seas and oceans, while ensuring their sustainable use. Enhanced coordination between sectors can prevent inter-user conflicts, minimise inconsistencies, avoid duplication and ensure maximum contribution from individual policies to the overall EU goals of sustainable growth, jobs, competitiveness and prosperity.
The European Commission and VINNOVA organise an Information day of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Stockholm on 8 November 2007. At the Information Day participants from the scientific, political and corporate world will discuss the cooperation between the JRC and Swedish research organisations, centred on three main themes: Environment and Sustainability, Nuclear Waste Management and Energy, and ICT.
"eLearning Lisbon 2007: Delivering on the Lisbon Agenda" takes place today and tomorrow in Lisbon under the auspices of the EU Portuguese Presidency and the European Commission. With 1200 registered participants, the conference brings together experts from the fields of technology, education and training, research, industry and governmental organisations.
This new JRC publication gives an overview of the Joint Research Centre's 50 years of existence - from its mentioning in the Euratom Treaty in 1957 to becoming the Union's reference centre of science and technology today. Photographs and anecdotes help to illustrate the JRC's evolution in the political and societal context of the times.