JRC research topics

The JRC carries out research in a wide variety of fields. Located across five sites throughout the EU, seven research institutes work in the areas of agriculture and food security, energy and transport, environment and climate change, health and consumer protection, information society, safety and security, innovation and growth, measurements and standards, and nuclear safety and security.

  1. The JRC carries out research aimed at preventing and mitigating industrial accidents and technological accidents due to natural disasters, as well as at improving safety in construction.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: accident, safety
  2. Antifraud research at the JRC helps to protect the financial interests of the EU, and all of the citizens of the member states.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: antifraud
  3. The JRC can estimate and predict movements of pollutants and toxins emitted from sources such as vehicles and industry through the use of atmospheric dispersion models. 


    Science Areas: Environment and climate change, Safety and Security
    Keywords: hazard, air
  4. The JRC has developed and manages the European Coordination Centre for Accident and Incident Reporting Systems, ECCAIRS for the collection and exchange of accident and incident information in the aviation domain.


    Science Areas: Energy and transport, Safety and Security
    Keywords: air, transport, safety
  5. Aviation security refers to the prevention of acts of unlawful interference against civil aviation, such as seizure of an aircraft or placing a hazardous device onboard an aircraft. The JRC contributes to aviation security by providing scientific and technical support and advice to policy makers on aspects of measurements, testing and standardisation.


    Science Areas: Energy and transport, Safety and Security
    Keywords: air, security, transport
  6. In the fields of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) hazards, and explosives detection, the JRC provides scientific/technical support to Commission services on measurement and standardisation, based on specific expertise in measurement and testing - in chemistry, physics, analytical sciences, measurement technologies and standardisation.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: CBRN
  7. The European Clearinghouse initiative on Nuclear Power Plants Operational Experience Feedback (“EU Clearinghouse”) has been set up in support of EU nuclear safety authorities, EU technical support organisations, international organisations and the broader nuclear community. Its purpose is to enhance nuclear safety through the lessons learned from operational experience.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security, Safety and Security
    Keywords: nuclear, safety
  8. Crisis management research at the JRC includes the development of crisis management technologies, satellite image processing and analysis and internet surveillance systems to support the EU's capacity to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: crisis
  9. Critical infrastructures include power grids, the transport network and information and communication systems. Protection of these infrastructures is vital for the security of the EU and the well-being of its citizens.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: infrastructure, security
  10. Cybersecurity research at the JRC provides support to the EU to respond to cyber-attacks and reinforce rules on personal data protection, as well as to ensure that critical networked systems are sufficiently secure and resilient.


    Science Areas: Information Society, Safety and Security
    Keywords: ICT, security