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.
On 20 - 21 January 2015, a training course, co-organised with the Secretariat-General, will look at the key steps in impact assessment (IA) and the fundamental questions about the use of modelling for IA.
Professor Erik S. Reinert was invited by Unit G03 of the JRC to talk about his recent book "How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor," published in 2007.
To better guide policy decision-making on mitigating the risk of climate change, novel and interdisciplinary approaches are required, which involve a dialogue between scientists from different communities (e.g., climate and impact modelling) and stakeholders to share data and knowledge. Credible and meaningful metrics need to be developed that can help quantifying risks related to physical climate change.
The workshop is organized in collaboration with IEFE-Bocconi and with the contribution of the COST Action INOGOV.
The workshop aims to share methodologies and best practices on policies integrating the dimensions of low carbon and smart innovations in European cities.
Main sessions will regard: monitoring, measuring and benchmarking; standards and protocols; governance innovations; financing plans and actions.
Speakers include representatives of international organizations, universities and research centres, the EU, national and local governments.
On December 4th JRC scientist Andrea Saltelli presents a lecture on “New Narratives on Growth” at the EESC High Level Conference entitled “Towards a more effective Europe 2020: Civil Society's proposals for boosting social inclusion and competitiveness in Europe" in Rome.
On December 11th, Andrea Saltelli gives a lecture at the "Science for Policy: Post-Normal Science in Practice" symposium hosted by the Centre for the Study of the Sciences & the Humanities, University of Bergen. The lecture is on sensitivity auditing.
The aim of this workshop is to take stock of the progress made in enlargement countries on mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services, to analyse gaps in knowledge and to initiate training activities on mapping and modelling ecosystem services using a tiered mapping approach. The workshop will increase the capacity of enlargement countries to meet their international obligations under the Convention of Biological Diversity and increase the role of the MAES activities as crucial input to the IPBES regional assessments.
The workshop is an attempt to establish a dialogue with interested EC actors within research and innovation policy in order to test new narratives in the innovation policy discourse.
JRC Researcher, Sjoerd Hardeman, from the unit of Econometrics and Applied Statistics has participates at the conference on "Impact Assessment for Sustainable Development: Knowledge Systems for the Future," organised by the European research consortium LIAISE from 1-2 April 2014 in Brussels.
The conference focuses on ex ante impact assessment of planned policies, and it was structured in three main modules:
1) presentations of the main findings of LIAISE in the evaluation IA practices,
The aim of this expert workshop was to set the scene for biomass resource efficiency in terms of definitions for biomass and standardisation for biobased products; capacities in market volumes, policy research and JRC modelling capabilities in the field of assessing various environmental impacts.