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.
A team of JRC scientists were among the winners of the Data Fusion Contest 2011 which challenged scientists to use the same set of high resolution spatial imagery to show their technical advances. The two other winning teams were from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Montreal. The competition was organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a non-profit professional association dedicated to technological innovation in the electrical engineering, computer science and electronics. It counts over 400 000 members in some 160 countries, 45% outside the United States.
Leading research and development (R&D) companies across Europe expect their global investment efforts to grow 5% per year from 2011 to 2013. This exceeds last year's expectations – set at 2% - and represents a significant upturn compared to 2009, when the same companies forecasted 2.6% cuts in their R&D investments. The findings were published on Wednesday 10 August in the annual survey carried out by the JRC Institute for Prospective and Technological Studies (IPTS).
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) will be supplied with JRC's software package SUMO to improve its oil pollution detection system. This new capability can help Member States authorities to improve their response and prevention activities to pollution from ships.
Two special reports published by the JRC highlight that the current drought in the Greater Horn of Africa is creating the most serious food insecurity situation in the world.
The JRC has developed three new methods to detect an illegal clouding agent which can be found in sports drinks imported from Taiwan.
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.