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.
Cross-disciplinary research is essential if science is to properly address societal needs. In spite of several policy initiatives to foster such research across sectors, there is still a high level of compartmentalisation in the biosciences. The European Commission is preparing for a Missions based science and innovation strategy in which it will be important to consider how the goal of meaningful cross-disciplinarity can be achieved. This report aims to raise the question of cross-disciplinarity again, and to suggest specific actions to further the understanding, achievement and evaluation of cross-disciplinarity in the biosciences.