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.
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.
The JRC provides technical support for the creation of a common information sharing system, jointly developed by the Commission and EU national authorities, in order to harmonise data on maritime surveillance.
The JRC’s work in the field of drought and desertification includes the evaluation of land degradation, regionally as well as globally, meteorological drought forecasting and assessment of the water supply throughout Europe.
JRC is investigating how the on-going digital revolution and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are affecting the economy and what are resulting policy issues in the following areas: the ICT industry and research and development (R&D) in ICT, digital innovation and entrepreneurship within and outside the ICT industry sector, and impact of digital technologies and ICT on markets and consumers.
The JRC carries out extensive work to improve the scientific evidence base for risk assessment in Europe and worldwide, not only in hazard characterisation, but also in vulnerability and exposure assessment and development of guidelines and standards for risk data.
The JRC’s expertise in remote sensing technologies allows for the monitoring of physical, chemical and biological systems of the Earth, to support crisis management and better maritime awareness.
The JRC carries out research to foster the development of internationally accepted harmonised methods and standards for remote sensing.
The JRC supports efforts to reduce the human casualties and economic and societal impacts of earthquakes and tsunamis. Studies are done on methodologies to increase the safety of buildings, namely with the creation of European standards for construction, while a tsunami modelling system allows the estimation of tsunami wave height and travel time.