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EU member states' innovation performance EU member states' innovation performance (click to see more)
Feb 01 2011

The EU is failing to close the innovation performance gap with its main international competitors: the US and Japan. Although the trends in most EU Member States are promising despite the economic crisis, progress is not fast enough. While the EU still maintains a clear lead over the emerging economies of India and Russia, Brazil is making steady progress, and China is catching up rapidly. Within the EU, Sweden is the most impressive performer followed by Denmark, Finland and Germany. The UK, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg, France, Cyprus, Slovenia and Estonia, in that order, form the next group. These are some of the main conclusions from the 2010 Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS) published today by the European Commission. This is the first edition under the Innovation Union initiative (IP/10/1288) and replaces the former European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS). The Scoreboard feeds into the recently published Annual Growth Survey (IP/11/22) to help Member States identify strengths and weaknesses and to boost innovation performance through their Europe 2020 National Reform Programmes.

"The Scoreboard shows that we need to step up our efforts in making Europe more innovative in order to catch up with our main competitors and recover the path of robust and sustainable growth” emphasised Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship.

“This new and improved Innovation Union Scoreboard highlights the innovation emergency in Europe. Innovation is as essential to a successful modern economy as water is to life. It is at the core of economic policy-making and the main way economies create jobs. So today's Scoreboard is a central plank of the Europe 2020 Strategy. We want Member States to make full use of it to build on their strengths and to address weaknesses." said Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

The 2010 Scoreboard draws on 25 research and innovation-related indicators and covers the 27 EU Member States, as well as Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, Iceland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway and Switzerland. The indicators are grouped into three main categories:

BIS delegation visit to the JRC's Nanotechnologies Laboratory BIS delegation visit to the JRC's Nanotechnologies Laboratory
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Jan 28 2011

The UK government's department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) plays a pivotal role as ‘department for growth' and is leading work across the UK government to develop a more balanced and sustainable model for growth. As responsible for science policy, BIS is one of the main counterparts for the JRC in the UK.

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Jan 27 2011

The JRC was presented at the 15th European Career Fair (ECF 2011), which took place between 21 and 23 January 2011 in Cambridge MA, USA, where the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is situated. The European Commission is partnering with the ECF since 2007 to promote Europe as a great place to pursue a career in science and technology, be it in industrial research, research organisations, academia or science policy.

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Jan 21 2011

All EU Member States are highly involved in the ERA-NET scheme, the EU main initiative for fostering public transnational R&D collaboration. This is the main finding of the report "Mapping ERA-NETs across Europe: overview of the ERA-NET scheme and its results", published today by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS). ERA-NET facilitates ministries and public research agencies working together to coordinate research policies and to develop joint calls and research programmes.

Medical doctor taking notes Telemedicine could make a difference in the health sector
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Jan 20 2011

According to the study "Strategic Intelligence Monitor on Personal Health Systems (SIMPHS): Market Structure and Innovation Dynamics", telemedicine can help make a difference in the face of an increasingly heavy burden of demand for service in the health sector. In an ageing Europe, where more and more citizens live with chronic diseases, it can prove very useful.

Picture of all seven trappist beers Picture of all seven trappist beers CC BY-SA 3.0 Robin Vanspauwen / Bram Weyens
Jan 18 2011

Scientists of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) contributed to the development of methods that can identify genuine monastic beers produced by Trappist monks. The method used in a recent study is able to distinguish genuine Trappist beers from other beers, including so-called "Abbey beers", which are mass-produced commercial products. Each beer or wine has a specific chemical profile or "fingerprint", which can be traced with so-called liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry.

Bromate concentrations in drinking water should be less than 10 micrograms per litre Bromate concentrations in drinking water should be less than 10 micrograms per litre
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Jan 13 2011

A study carried out by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has opened the door to replacing the current standard method for measuring bromate in drinking water with an improved method, which is more suitable for the tighter current legislative limits.

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Jan 13 2011

Klaus Mayer, Action Leader "Forensic Analysis and Combating Illicit Trafficking" from the JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) in Kalsruhe, Germany, has been recognised by the Focus magazine's as one of the top 100 most influential German people. His work has been a key factor in helping to avoid a scenario of a terrorist attack with nuclear smuggled goods and to identify their source.

Different volumes of biofuels needed to produce the same quantity of energy Different volumes of biofuels needed to produce the same quantity of energy
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Dec 21 2010

Since its online publication in May 2010, the article "An overview of the chemical composition of biomass" has made it to the top 25 articles in 2010 in ScienceDirect. The article is the result of fundamental research by JRC-IE scientists Stanislav V. Vassilev, David Baxter and Lars K. Andersen in collaboration with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Its popularity lies in a new systematic approach for classifying different biomass types based on their chemical composition.

JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news
Dec 21 2010

The latest edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here . It features an editorial by Jim McLaren, the Director-General of the Canadian Institute for National Measurement Standards. This editorial is part of this issue's focus on JRC-IRMM's recent activities during its 50th anniversary including the inauguration of a new laboratory, a conference on the future of reference materials and the graduation ceremony for the first generation of Master's students in "Measurement Science in Chemistry" at JRC-IRMM.