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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.
Five young scientists from Malta visited JRC Ispra in June to showcase their work with JRC researchers. This study trip was the prize of the Malta Young Scientist Award organised by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST).
James Ciarlò, Sephora Sammut, Joanna Vella, Shawn Baldacchino and Vanessa Petroni were the winners of the Malta Young Scientist Award and had the opportunity to present their work during a three-day study trip to the Ispra Site of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC).
One year from its conception, the European Commission's Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) has made significant progress and has provided EU policymakers with valuable instruments to access information and data about migration.
On the 1-year anniversary of the KCMD, let's have a look at the main achievements and future plans of the Knowledge Centre, as well as at a new migration profile of Mali.
In 2017, the JRC launched a pilot programme to welcome refugee scientists for one-week training programmes at the JRC. The objective of the programme is to introduce them to the European research context, which would allow them to pursue scientific activities in their field of expertise and to help them build up work experience, qualifications and contacts for future employment in Europe.
This scheme is in line with the efforts of the EU, academia and NGOs to help refugee scientists and researchers use their skills and experience to connect to other European researchers.
An Interim Storage Facility (ISF) at JRC Ispra is set to host the nuclear waste from the site, including already existing waste and waste deriving from the ongoing decommissioning of the JRC Ispra nuclear installations. All nuclear waste from the Ispra site will be transported to the Italian National nuclear waste repository when this facility is completed.
On 6 June 2017, SKY, ENGIE, and Facebook received the 2017 EU Code of Conduct Award for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres. The ceremony took place during the Datacloud Conference in Monte Carlo, one of the largest conferences dedicated to data centres in Europe.
The Code of Conduct is an independent scheme in the EU to certify that a data centre has adopted energy efficiency best practices. Data centres measure their energy efficiency in Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). The ideal value is 1 PUE, but the average PUE value is around 2.0.