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.
The Belgian Nuclear Society, in association with SCK•CEN, the Institute for Radioelements (IRE), and the JRC, is organising a conference on nuclear sciences in physics and medical applications.
The promotion of alternative approaches to animal testing is a major issue in EU policy. Animal welfare is a value stated in the Lisbon Treaty, and strongly reflected in EU law. As part of the policy on the promotion of alternative approaches, a partnership has been created between European Commission Services and industry from 7 industrial sectors, all committed to pooling resources and expertise to promote alternative approaches in regulatory testing.
The 12th edition of this European recruitment and student fair is going to be held in Strasbourg on 26 - 27 November 2010. The event is a unique plateform for exchange and meetings between universities, research institutes, actors of the German-French collaboration on the one side and students as well as high-school graduates on the other side with 155 exhibitors and 6.600 visitors in 2009.
The conference aimed at mapping out the current and upcoming measurement and testing needs for which challenging demands on reference materials are envisaged. Forward-looking presentations assessed the scientific and technological demands and developments for the design, preparation and certification of such measurement standards. The conference was organised under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the EU.
The symposium aims at mapping out the current and upcoming measurement and testing needs for which challenging demands on reference materials are envisaged. Forward-looking contributions are invited on the scientific and technological demands and developments for the design, preparation and certification of such measurement standards.
The broad aim of this inaugural annual JRC workshop on European energy security is to bring together policy makers, the academic community, and other key stakeholders with a view to ensuring that the EU has a coherent energy security policy, and to inject new thinking into the broader European debate around energy security.
In the frame of the current European initiatives on research and innovation and in collaboration with the Belgian Presidency of the EU, the JRC and the Commission's Research Directorate-General are jointly organising a third annual seminar with stakeholders in the field of knowledge and technology transfer.
A JRC information exchange event was held in Chisinau, Moldova, on 8 November 2010, followed by a workshop on foresight on 9 November. Both events were organised together with the Academy of Sciences of Moldova that serves as the ministry of science in the country. The objective of the information event was to deliver an insight on the JRC's activities with specific focus on metrology (IRMM) and identify possible areas of collaboration. The foresight workshop reflected the Moldovan request to inform the national experts on foresight methods with a view of initiating such an exercise in the future.
The JRC annual lecture was given on 27 October by Yvo de Boer, Special Global Advisor, Climate Change and Sustainability, KPMG and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Speaking on the topic of "Climate services: fit for purpose?", Mr. de Boer explained the ingredients for their success. Such services have to be put in the context of citizens' local relevance - even if this means extrapolating data at local level - and their frequency has to be appropriate. Only then, they will be able to provide their crucial role of supporting the policy-making process, bringing business on board and contributing to the creation of a public understanding.