JRC News

  1. 14 Feb 2009

    Today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago, Ekaterina Dadachova of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York gave a topical lecture on "Novel approaches to the therapy of infectious diseases", detailing the results of a joint project with scientists at the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) on the use of alpha-immunotherapy as a new option for the treatment of HIV infections.

  2. 13 Feb 2009

    The report "Economic assessment of post-2012 global climate policies", published today by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) presents in detail the economic estimations upon which the recently released Commission Communication "Towards a comprehensive climate change agreement in Copenhagen" is based.

  3. 11 Feb 2009

    The JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has released two new certified reference materials (CRMs) to help analytical laboratories better detect two classes of flame retardants banned under EU legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances in electronics and electrical equipment (Directive 2002/95/EC).

  4. 2 Feb 2009

    A delegation from the JRC, led by its Director-General Roland Schenkel, visited the principal research centre of the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment (ENEA) in Casaccia, near Rome on 30 January 2009. The visit follows that of a large delegation from ENEA to the JRC in Ispra on 11 September 2008.

  5. 28 Jan 2009

    The JRC and the government of Bulgaria, represented by the State Agency for Information Technologies and Communications (SAITC), today announce the establishment of an organisational framework is support of a new territorial management system in Bulgaria. The application of the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) Directive will strengthen territorial management policies in Bulgaria and will make environmental information more accessible to citizens, stakeholders and decision-makers.

  6. 28 Jan 2009

    The European Commission today presented its Communication "Towards a comprehensive climate change agreement in Copenhagen". The Communication represents its latest proposals ahead of the December 2009 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen. The agreement in Copenhagen should be the basis for further international action on climate change, following on from the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period, which ends in 2012.

  7. 23 Jan 2009

    The 2008 European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) published on 22 January shows the EU making substantial progress in its innovation performance preceding the financial crisis. The "innovation gap" between the EU and both the US and Japan was reduced, thanks in particular to progress made by many new Member States such as Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria. Across the EU, particular progress was made in human resources and the availability of finance for innovation. However, innovative investments by businesses are still relatively weak, especially when compared to the US and Japan.

  8. 16 Jan 2009

    The European Commission has adopted a decision establishing a new major accident report form. The form, intended for use by national authorities as of December 2008, will also be part of a new online system for reporting accidents and disseminating lessons learned from them. The initiative comes in the context of the Seveso II Directive, which aims to promote the exchange of information among EU Member States on accidents and 'near-misses'.

  9. 15 Jan 2009

    A panel of 14 international experts led by Sir David King, until recently the Chief Science Adviser to the UK Government, has completed an in-depth review of work carried out by the Joint Research Centre from 2002 – 2006 under the Sixth Framework Programme for Research (FP6). Successes identified include the continued provision of scientific and technical services to the European Commission without compromising scientific vitality or integrity, the focusing of the seven research institutes' competencies and facilities on thematic priorities, enhanced researcher training and networking activities and assistance provided to candidates for EU membership in their final steps of the accession process.

  10. 7 Jan 2009

    The European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM), part of the JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Production (IHCP), has finalised the evaluation and validation of two further in vitro test methods for chemical substances using human skin cells.