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GreenLight, GreenBuilding and Motor Challenge logos Improving the efficiency with which energy is consumed by end-users is a central theme of EU energy policy
Apr 12 2011

The JRC announced on Tuesday 12 April the 25 winners from 14 countries across the three categories featured in this year's edition of the energy efficiency awards. These award schemes are part of three JRC programmes aiming to encourage organisations in both public and private sectors to cut energy consumption by using innovative and energy efficient technologies.

Crops Modern agricultural production is dependent on nitrogen. However, used in excess it can harm air, soil and water quality.
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Apr 12 2011

The JRC contributed to the first pan-European assessment of the effects of nitrogen on the economy and the environment, and to a related article in Nature.

Hungarian Presidency logo Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Apr 08 2011

The Hungarian Ministry for National Economy and the National Innovation Office together with the JRC organised a conference entitled "Towards an Open and Competitive Economy: Examining the Roots of Innovation" on 5 April 2011. This conference was held under the auspices of the Hungarian EU Presidency and took place in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest.

Nuclide Chart on the homepage of the Nucleonica website Nuclide Chart on the homepage of the Nucleonica website
Apr 06 2011

As of March 2011, a new JRC spin-off company, Nucleonica GmbH, has been created. This company was established by a former staff member to undertake the further development of the Nucleonica portal – a nuclear science web portal developed at the JRC’s Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU).

Map of Haiti Map of Haiti
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Apr 05 2011

The EU will assist Haiti in reinforcing its capacity to respond to natural disaster emergencies. The JRC will lend technical support to the programme.

Sir John Beddington, Dominique Ristori, and Marit Paulsen Sir John Beddington, Dominique Ristori, and Marit Paulsen
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Apr 01 2011

During the workshop on the "Future of Global Food and Farming - How can Science Support Food Security? " that was held on March 30 in Brussels, representatives from various European, national and international organisations highlighted the need to increase the sustainability of the food system in order to secure the world population's access to adequate, sustainable and good quality food.

Report cover: Burden of disease from environmental noise in Europe Report cover: Burden of disease from environmental noise in Europe
Mar 30 2011

Environmental noise (noise pollution) poses a health risk. According to a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), prepared with support of the JRC, environmental noise leads to a disease burden that is second in magnitude only to that from air pollution, among environmental factors in Europe,

JRC institutes location on the map of Europe JRC map
Mar 25 2011

The JRC has launched a call for 40 seconded national experts and grantholders as part of its enlargement and integration actions. The job opportunities are available for experts from research organisations, national enforcement laboratories and scientists from the following countries: Albania, Croatia, Iceland, Montenegro, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia, Israel, Serbia and Turkey.

Photo of graduation cap and diploma On average, 70% of the research-active universities' income comes from the Government
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Mar 25 2011

European universities with the greatest financial autonomy (i.e. the capacity to allocate funds internally) have the most diversified sources of income. This makes them less dependent on a single income stream and therefore less vulnerable to cuts in government funding.

Skeletal formula of retronecine, a pyrrolizidine alkaloid. Skeletal formula of retronecine, a pyrrolizidine alkaloid.
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Mar 24 2011

JRC-researcher Joerg Stroka of the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), was guest editor of the March issue of the journal Food Additives & Contaminants, dedicated to pyrrolizidine alkaloids, toxins found in many plant species. Mr Stroka wrote a foreword that featured among a series of articles about the current knowledge relating to the toxicity of pyrrolzidine alkaloids, their occurrence, animal and human exposure to those toxins and analytical techniques to detect and quantify them.