As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
In this issue: Editorial by Reinhard F. Hüttl, Chairman of Euro-CASE, the umbrella organisation of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering.
Cover story: Keeping a close eye on natural hazards.
In the news: the JRC's contribution to the 2013 Global Innovation Index, short supply chains in the distribution of agricultural and food products, and the JRC's partial stochastic analysis of agricultural projections.
The newsletter also includes briefs on new certified reference materials for environment, food and health, on the slowdown of Africa's deforestation rates and the opening of new CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres in Amman and Tbilisi.