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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 video games industry is leading the overall trend of transformation of digital products into e-services, according to the report "Born digital/ Grown digital – Assessing the future competitiveness of the EU video games software industry" published today by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. Online games, for example, play a major role in the digital content convergence process based on digital distribution of different types of content and the diffusion of interactive capabilities for consumers. This phenomenon is having an effect on the movie, video, music and mobile communication industries, and the whole publishing sector in general.
For the first time since 2004, an EU company - the German carmaker Volkswagen - is the world's largest private sector R&D investor. Volkswagen tops the European Commission's 2013 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard with an investment of €9.5bn in 2012. Overall, EU-based firms (527 companies) stepped up R&D investment by 6.3%, just above the average of the 2000 firms in the Scoreboard (+6.2%). However, like last year they lagged behind their US counterparts (+8.2%).
Researchers from across the EU are encouraged to apply for a challenging and rewarding job in the European Commission's own research body, the Joint Research Centre (JRC). Working for the JRC brings together research excellence in state-of-the-art facilities, and an opportunity to support EU policy makers by providing independent scientific and technical advice. Competitions are open for researchers in the following fields: chemistry, biology and health sciences; physics; structural mechanics; quantitative policy analysis; spatial sciences; environmental sciences; energy sciences and communication/information technology. Candidates can apply on-line between 30 September and 4 November at: www.eu-careers.eu
A new research centre will be officially opened by European Science and Research Commissioner Janez Poto nik today that will provide training and opportunities to share knowledge for scientists from across South Eastern Europe. It will focus specifically on the field of the chemical and bio-analytical measurements required for the implementation of EU legislation in areas such as environmental monitoring. The Slovenian-European Natural Sciences Research Centre (SENARC) is based in Maribor, Slovenia, and is funded from the EU’s Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance and Structural Funds, among other sources. The opening will also be attended by the Slovenian Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Jure Zupan.
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed a high resolution digital view of man-made green house gas (GHG) emissions for any 10 x 10 kms area in the world. Using JRC's work on emissions and Google Earth™, this new tool allows the visualisation of the levels of emissions locally from 1970 to 2005 and the identification of the main sources.
Low-cost catfish fillets sold as expensive sole fillets or cod caught in the North Sea but declared as originating from the Baltic Sea are both examples of types of fraud in the fisheries sector. A European Commission report published today shows how molecular technologies - based on genetics, genomics, chemistry and forensics - can provide clear answers to questions such as "what species does this fish product come from….where was this fish caught….is it wild or farmed?". The report by the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), is called "Deterring illegal activities in the fisheries sector" and shows how these technologies can help in the fight against illegal practices and support traceability- including of processed products such as canned fish - "from ocean to fork".
Nuclear safety: stress tests
The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the American Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) are working to innovate and reinforce their food security monitoring systems and to develop more efficient early warning tools. These efforts come as a response to the 2007-2008 global food crisis that increased significantly the number of countries under threat of famine. Satellite observation is the key instrument that will allow to double in 2010 the number of countries monitored in real time for detecting first indications of adverse agricultural outcomes. The new Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) system facilitates and accelerates the reaction time to food security crises by allowing a common and internationally recognised classification of their severity.
These awards, launched by the European Commission in 2005 and 2000 respectively, promote the reduction of energy consumption by public and private organisations on a voluntary basis.
22 March marks the annual celebration of World Water Day. Together with ministerial delegations from more than 100 countries, the European Union endorsed a Ministerial Declaration on Water at last week's World Water Forum. Action is needed to balance the difficult water supply and demand equation, handle water stress or water scarcity in times of changing climate and sustain our water ecosystems. The European Commission supports research to help to manage our water resources sustainably and achieve the shift towards an internationally competitive, water-efficient economy in Europe.