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Dec 06 2010

The 5th edition of the European Development Days (EDD) opens today in Brussels. Sharing the EU stand in the Development Village, JRC scientists will showcase some concrete examples of how research and technology can support development policies.

Construction of the new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance instrument at JRC-ITU Construction of the new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance instrument at JRC-ITU
Nov 30 2010

A new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) instrument is now installed and in early commissioning stages at the JRC-ITU. This unique facility will focus on determining the chemical and magnetic properties of radioactive solid-state samples and will contribute to ITU's research on actinides.

16th Conference on Geomatics in support of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 16th Conference on Geomatics in support of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
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Nov 24 2010

From 24 to 26 November in Bergamo, Italy, around 300 experts from the 27 Member State administrations, Candidate Country administrations, EU officials, image providers and contractors are gathering at the 16th Conference "Geomatics in support of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)" to discuss the latest innovations in remote sensing technologies and their applicability to check agricultural subsidies.

Krzysztof Maruszewski, JRC-IRMM Director Krzysztof Maruszewski, JRC-IRMM Director, addressing the audience during the inauguration of the new laboratory for reference materials production
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Nov 23 2010

On 23 November, a new scientific facility to develop measurement standards in challenging areas such as life sciences was inaugurated at JRC-IRMM in Geel, Belgium. The new facility will be used to develop and produce reference materials, which possess a precisely-known property and are the basis for complex measurements, such as the amount of genetically modified maize or the number of bacteria in a food sample. The total cost of the facility was 11 M€ – of which 4.5 M€ was funded from revenue from JRC's reference material activities.

Video games are a growing and innovative industry Video games are a growing and innovative industry
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Nov 18 2010

A new study published today by the JRC shows that the video games industry is leading the overall trend of transformation of digital products into e-services. The report, entitled "Born digital/ Grown digital – Assessing the future competitiveness of the EU video games software industry" focuses, among others, on two segments: online and mobile video games. It analyses their software industry, growth potential, value chain, business models and current evolution. It outlines major emerging technologies, investigates their disruptive potential on the market and analyses their contribution to the competitiveness of the European ICT industry.

Dominique Ristori, JRC Director General Dominique Ristori, JRC Director General
Nov 17 2010

The Commission has decided today to appoint Dominique Ristori as the new JRC Director General with effect from 1 December 2010 to succeed Roland Schenkel, JRC Director-General since 2005, who will retire on that date.

Group picture of participants of the Knowledge Transfer Seminar 2010 Group picture of participants of the Knowledge Transfer Seminar 2010
Nov 16 2010

On 11-12 November, under the aegis of the Belgian Presidency of the EU, the JRC and DG Research organised a seminar in Varese and Ispra on the subject  "Implementing the Innovation Union: Next Steps in Knowledge Transfer".  The seminar hosted 75 representatives of European universities, research and technology organisations, industrial associations and the relevant  European Commission services.

Floods in Pakistan: landing of an EU cargo aircraft with humanitarian aid in Islamabad Floods in Pakistan: landing of an EU cargo aircraft with humanitarian aid in Islamabad
Nov 11 2010

The European Commission has recently outlined a twin-track approach to enhance the Union's capacity on civil protection and humanitarian assistance. The proposal includes the creation of a new European Emergency Response Centre by merging the Humanitarian aid (ECHO) and civil protection (MIC) crisis rooms.

PCR analysis for GMO detection PCR analysis for GMO detection
Nov 10 2010

A new reference report published today by the JRC lists 79 reference methods for GMO analysis which have been validated according to international standards. This compendium, developed jointly by the EU Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed (EU-RL GMFF) and the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL), presents the technical state of the art in GMO detection methods. Each method is described in a user-friendly way, facilitating the implementation of GMO legislation by official control bodies.

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Nov 04 2010

Europe's cyber security experts are putting their skills to the test today in the first ever pan-European exercise. In "Cyber Europe 2010", experts will try counter simulated attempts by hackers to paralyse critical online services in several EU Member States. The event is organised by EU Member States with support from the European Network Security Agency (ENISA) and the JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC).

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