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In addition, the JRC publishes several hundreds of scientific publications every year. To find the JRC publications in a certain research area, please use the Search publications page.

Most scientific publications are freely available thanks to the European Commission's open access policy.

When available, you can order hardcopies through the EU Bookshop.

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Latest JRC Annual Report


JRC Annual Report 2014

The report provides highlights of research activities carried out over the year in support of the main EU policies. Topics include economic and monetary union; innovation, growth and jobs; digital agenda; energy and transport; environment and climate change; agriculture and global food security; security and disaster risk reduction; health and consumer protection and nuclear safety and security.

Latest JRC Newsletter


JRC Newsletter January 2015

In this issue: Editorial "Italian Presidency: research for growth and competitiveness" by Stefania Giannini, Minister of Education, Universities and Research

Cover story: Science for smart and sustainable growth.

Among the News: EU companies must boost R&D investment to stay globally competitive, looking at the economic impact of EU’s energy and climate goals for 2030, China takes over lead in photovoltaic installations, and improving maritime security off East African coasts.

Latest Thematic reports


Science for Disaster Risk Reduction

The purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of the JRC activities in relation to disaster risk reduction and response. The report showcases the tools and methodologies developed by the JRC to help in all phases of disaster management, from preparedness and risk management to recovery and reconstruction, through to forecasting and early warning (December 2014).


Science for Nuclear safety and security

This report aims to give a comprehensive overview of the JRC's work in relation to nuclear safety and security. It highlights the JRC's relevant scientific output in nuclear safety; nuclear security; reference measurements; materials and standards; nuclear knowledge management; training and education and, in the last chapter, innovation. In addition, the report lists facilities, partners and references as well as links to useful tools and websites are provided. (August 2014)


Science for Energy

This report aims to give a comprehensive overview of the JRC's work in relation to the global energy challenge. It highlights the JRC's research in areas such as security of energy supply, renewable energy, energy technology innovation, energy efficiency, nuclear energy, and hydrogen technologies. For each area, a detailed description of the research carried out by the JRC is provided along with how this work provides the scientific and technical support to EU policy in the field of energy. (June 2013)


Science for Standards: a driver for innovation

This report aims to give a comprehensive overview of the JRC's work in relation to standardisation in fields as diverse as health, environment or energy. It provides a comprehensive overview of how the JRC's scientific and technical support to EU policies in this field. JRC research includes for instance developing reference materials for environmental monitoring, ensuring international compatibility in the area of smart grids and electromobility, and improving standards in cutting edge technologies such as remote sensing and nanotechnology. (April 2013)


Science for Water

This report aims to give a comprehensive overview of the JRC's work in relation to global water challenges. In each of the six chapters, the detailed policy context is cited, showing clearly how and where the JRC is providing its scientific and technical support to water-related policies. (May 2012)

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Science for disaster risk reduction and response

Science and technology offer key solutions to improve disaster risk reduction, as well as anticipation and response to natural and man-made disasters.

The European Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), carries out research in crisis management technologies, analysis and application of remotely sensed data, natural hazard modelling, information mining/analysis, vulnerability and risk analysis, and civil engineering to support resilience against disasters.


Science for nuclear safety and security

Ensuring nuclear safety and security has always been a priority for the EU. The March 2011 Council conclusions as well as the 2014 Nuclear Summit’s final communiqué emphasise the need to give priority to the highest standards for nuclear safety and security in the EU and internationally.

The JRC supports the European Commission in fulfilling the obligations set up by the Euratom (European Atomic Energy Community) Treaty and several recommendations, decisions, regulations and directives in the areas of nuclear research, training and education and radiation protection.


Science for Health

Maintaining the highest possible health status of European citizens is necessary to maximise the European Union’s full economic and social potential. While the main responsibility for health policy and provision of healthcare lies with the Member States, certain aspects of public health, such as aggregation of data and supporting harmonisation can be addressed most efficiently at the EU level.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC), as the European Commission’s in-house science service, has a has a longstanding experience on health-related activities. These range from the detection of potentially hazardous substances in food, to the monitoring of health threats and environmental risks, as well as standardisation of measurements and validation of methods for safety assessment. The JRC is also now successfully developing new expertise in important public health-related areas, such as cancer and rare diseases, nutrition and healthy ageing, as well as behavioural sciences applied to public health.