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 supports the European Commission in its effort to improve maritime safety and security by developing systems to improve maritime surveillance capabilities and to collect information about maritime accidents.


    Science Areas: Energy and transport, Safety and Security
    Keywords: transport, sea, safety
  2. The JRC helps to strengthen the EU capabilities in maritime surveillance, by contributing to the development of the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) and the establishment of the Common Information Sharing Environment for the EU maritime domain (CISE) and by investigating maritime surveillance solutions e.g. in the fight against piracy off Africa.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: surveillance, sea
  3. JRC's research on route-based risk analysis can support customs authorities in screening maritime container movements to detect potentially suspicious shipments, to better target costly physical inspections or to help investigations with intelligence on container trips.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: antifraud, transport, sea
  4. As one of the EU initiatives to ensure maritime security and counter piracy, the JRC helps African authoriries – in the context of the Piracy, Maritime Awareness and Risks - Maritime Security (PMAR-MASE) project – to build up their own capacities for maritime awareness.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: surveillance, sea