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Winter sowing operations are in full swing, but hampered by excessively wet conditions in northern Europe
©Fotolia, author: oticki
Oct 23 2017

The October issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin Crop monitoring in Europe and the Kazakhstan issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series were published today

Annual Plenary Meeting of the Network for the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy Annual Plenary Meeting of the Network for the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy
©EU, 2017
Oct 19 2017

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) is developing the EU Platform on Rare Diseases Registration. An important component of the Platform is the Central Registry of the Network for the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe (SCPE), which was recently transferred to the JRC.

The Annual Plenary Meeting of the SCPE was organised by the JRC from 16th to 18th October 2017. A significant part of the programme was devoted to the discussion of indicators for measuring public health impact of cerebral palsy.

The JRC will present Geo Data Universe, its neural network analysis of the abstracts and titles of metadata records from Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), on October 23rd.
©European Union, 2017
Oct 20 2017

The JRC has deployed big data analytics to explore the universe of data available through GEOSS, which includes more than 400 million data resources. Novel neural network algorithms have been able to sieve through the abstracts and titles of these datasets to analyse the thematic coverage of GEOSS, and identify priorities to make the information more insightful for a changing world. 

Reference Materials Reference materials
©EU, 2017
Oct 16 2017

In 2016 the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published ISO 17034:2016 on the general requirements for the competence of reference material producers (RMPs), superseding ISO Guide 34:2009. The major changes were now summarised in a scientific publication, written by JRC colleagues and ISO representatives.

The need for an International Standard arose as several accreditation bodies could not accredit to a guide, at all, while in other countries ISO Guide 34 could only serve as accreditation standard in combination with ISO/IEC 17025.

Eutrophication is caused by high nutrient concentrations that stimulate algal blooms of algae, which can deprive aquatic ecosystems of much needed oxygen
©Fotolia, Author: Alexey Stiop
Oct 13 2017

Eutrophication and its detrimental effects on coastal ecosystems is one of the biggest issues in many regions of the world. Human activities and climatic change are the most important drivers of eutrophication, leading to harmful algal blooms and the proliferation of hypoxic conditions in many coastal ecosystems.

Meeting of the EU Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU-NETVAL) 10-11th October 2017 Meeting of the EU Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU-NETVAL) 10-11th October 2017
©EU, 2017
Oct 13 2017

EU-NETVAL is a large network of highly qualified test facilities across Europe, coordinated by the Joint Research Centre to support the in vitro method validation process.

HUMAINT project
Oct 10 2017

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is very happy to announce a novel research initiative on the topic of machine learning and human behaviour.

The JRC Centre for Advanced Studies (JRC-CAS) was established to enhance the JRC’s capabilities to meet emerging challenges at the science-policy interface.

Samples used for the intercomparison on dry ice
©EU, 2017
Oct 12 2017

The JRC,  together with  scientists from Dutch, German and Danish organisations, organised an interlaboratory study to investigate the readiness of single-particle ICP-MS for the determination of the median diameter of silver nanoparticles in food. The study revealed that significant improvements are needed before the method can be reliably used for official control purposes.

PTA measurements in the JRC's Engineering Materials Laboratory PTA measurements in the JRC's Engineering Materials Laboratory
©EU, 2017
Oct 20 2017

Scientists from the JRC and the Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre (CODA-CERVA, Belgium) have investigated the performance of a commercial particle tracking analysis device for size analysis of silica and polystyrene nano- and microparticles. The results of this study will help scientists in estimating the uncertainties of their measurement results in this field.

NOS helps model the extent to which the nodes of ecological networks tend to overlap or segregate
©Strona and Veech, 2017
Oct 06 2017

A new, free software suite for the analysis of ecological networks has been released.

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