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 JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) has organised a fifth summer school on Global Sensitivity Analysis, on the island of San Servolo, Venice, on September 9-12, The summer school was held at the Venice International and Ca'Foscari Universites.
The training, provided by the IPSC Unit of Econometrics and Applied Statistics was intended for modellers not familiar with the discipline and for scientists wishing to update their knowledge on recent available methods and new fields of application of sensitivity analysis.
The school was attended by 70 participants (60% fom Europe, 30% fom North and South America, 10% fom the rest of the world) coming from a variety of disciplines that range from geophysics to agriculture, from land and water management to biology and climate modeling. Fifteen lectures were given by seven JRC staff and two invited experts.
The Greek Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, a region severely hit by the crisis, has, for the past twelve months, engaged in an intensive collaboration with the Joint Research Centre, the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, and local and international experts, centred on the refinement and implementation of its research and innovation strategies.
A final event summarising outcomes of the project will take place at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Brussels, on 18 November 2015.
Final Conference of ICT Enabled Social Innovation (IESI) to support the implementation of the EU Social Investment Package. This project explored over a three-year period the nature and impact of ICT-enabled social innovation initiatives promoting social investment in the European Union.
The last plenary project meeting of the CASCADE (CAtastrophic Shifts in drylands: how CAn we prevent ecosystem DEgradation?) project (the project period runs until end June 2017) will held in Matera (Italy) from 21-23 February, with a day centred around policy on 24 February 2017. Key policymakers from EU and other European organisations will participate in the policy forum.
Further information is available on the CASCADE project website
On 22/11/2007, the JRC Ispra site held its first 'shadowing' day in close collaboration with the 'Ufficio Scolastico per la Lombardia'. 5 young girls from 5 different schools came along to "shadow" female staff working in the areas of graphic design, informatics, spatial data research, sensors and radar technologies, cybersecurity, nanotechnology and molecular imaging and, last but not least, IT related to research on rural water and ecosystem resources.
This three-day trans-disciplinary conference will showcase how both new and traditional ways of citizens working with scientists can enable the transformative enhancement of science-policy and social impact, scientific advancement, scientific literacy and empowerment.
The JRC is launching the Global Human Settlement Workshop Series as a biannual workshop to promote a global observatory of human settlements. This three day event will bring together institutions that are already contributing to the Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) initiative, analysts that are using the settlement information in their models, or are interested to add it in their toolbox, scientists working on global settlement analysis and remote sensing and institutional stakeholders supporting programmes related to global or regional human settlement information.
The Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) is organising a workshop at IPTS premises dedicated to tools and methodologies in support of regional policy 2014-2020.