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 20 July the Commission proposed more stringent requirements for banks and investment firms. The rules were designed to prevent the world banking system facing another crisis with insufficient quantity and quality of capital.
Experts from medicine, biology, chemistry and physics gathered in Berlin on 18 and 19 July for the 7th Symposium on Targeted Alpha Therapy, organised by the JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) and engineering company Eckert & Ziegler Eurotope GmbH.
In its proposals for a major reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the European Commission on Wednesday 13 July set out a radical approach to fisheries management in Europe, based on scientific advice. The JRC will further strengthen its role as science provider and continue to assist the Commission on fisheries science and economics, as well as manage an electronic platform sharing Member States fisheries data.
As of this summer all marine accidents involving Member States ships or occurring in territorial waters of an EU country will be registered in the European Marine Casualty Information Platform (EMCIP) system, jointly developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
More than 200 participants attended the conference "Scientific Support to a Competitive European Low Carbon Economy: Energy, Transport and Emerging Technologies", held in Warsaw on 7 July 2011. The event, organised by the JRC with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland and the Polish Academy of Sciences, was held under the newly inaugurated Polish EU presidency, which started on 1 July.
The JRC presented on Thursday 7 July the first comprehensive catalogue of smart grid projects in Europe. The report – launched in Warsaw during the conference "Scientific Support to a Competitive European Low Carbon Economy: Energy, Transport and Emerging Technologies" - is based on a review of 219 projects, accounting for a total investment of about €5.5 billion.
INSEAD, a leading graduate business school with three campuses on two continents, on Thursday 30 June released its Global Innovation Index 2011 (GII 2011), ranking five EU countries and Switzerland among the top 10. Upon invitation of its developers, this year's GII was thoroughly assessed by JRC Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen (IPSC). Its recommendations contributed to the fine tuning of the index.
Dr Gerry Lander, former Director of the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU), was awarded the Walter Hälg Prize in recognition of scientific career in the field of basic actinide research. Every two years the European Neutron Scattering Association, ENSA, awards the prestigious Walter Hälg Prize to a European scientist for outstanding coherent work in neutron scattering with a long term impact on scientific and/or technical neutron scattering applications.
The JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) developed a new method to determine the age of uranium ore and its intermediate products, such as yellow cake. The new method can be applied to intermediate products making it a useful complement to the most commonly used Thorium-230/Uranium-234 technique, limited to highly purified materials. Establishing the age of uranium concentrates provides key information which is needed to verify the declared origin of nuclear and radioactive materials.
The European Union has launched a public consultation on INSPIRE, the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe. With INSPIRE, the EU is creating a common standard for spatial environmental information. Relevant bodies in different countries will be able to access the same information to deal with emergencies such as forest fires or cross border rescue operations. A homogeneous data system will also be important to prevent environmental damage and reduce energy consumption.