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Apr 01 2014
JRC published a paper that criticises the Ecological Footprint in the prestigious journal Ecological Indicators.
The main conclusions of JRC study are that:
  • The EF is inconsistent with its stated purpose of measuring demand on ecosystems.
  • The EF depends mostly from a dimensionally flawed energy emissions assessment.
  • The EF is optimistic at the global scale and policy-misleading at the local one.
  • One cannot accept EF’s flaws on the ground that the EF has n
Sep 22 2014

The 12th JRC Annual Seminar on Composite Indicators will be based on the lessons learnt from the JRC audits that were carried out on more than 60 well-known composite indicators, upon request of their developers.  The aims are:

Aug 11 2020

The 2020 PREDICT Key Facts Report provides a detailed analysis of the state of Information and Communications Technology Research and Development (ICT R&D) activities in the European Union and 12 further economies worldwide, including China, India, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom and the United States among others. In this, the 13th edition of the report, we get an insight into the dynamics and direction of ICT R&D worldwide. 

First day of the conference focused on economic and industrial insights of European robotics
Jan 28 2021

After leading deployment of industrial robotics, Europe now faces transformation based on automation and service robots

Evolving technology and applications offer great opportunities for EU growth and recovery, but require coordinated efforts on skills, value chains, funding and scaling start-ups

Second day of the conference “What future for European robotics? focused on the social impact of AI and robotics and the latest research on the potential uses of robots in education and child development
Jan 29 2021

Social robots vast capabilities call for human-centred, ethical design and development

Social robots, those that interact and communicate with humans, where at the centre of discussions on the second day of JRC science for policy conference “What future for European robotics?". Participants covered the social impact of AI and robotics, state-of-the-art developments on human-robot interaction and the latest research on social robots and education.

Jun 22 2015

ENCATC has launched the call for applications for the 2nd ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management.

This annual award is granted to a recently published PhD thesis exploring, through comparative and cross-cultural research, issues at stake and taking a step from evaluative (descriptive) to comparative applied research. In addition, the ENCATC Award is rewarded to a PhD thesis that can inform policymaking and benefit practitioners active in the broad field of culture.

Jun 15 2016
ENCATC, the European network on cultural management and policy*, launches the call for applications for the 3rd ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management (the JRC is a member of the Steering Committee of the Award).
This annual award is granted to a recently published PhD thesis exploring, through comparative and cross-cultural research, issues at stake and taking a step from evaluative (descriptive) to comparative applied research.
Dec 13 2017

Since 2011, we at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) have been developing guidance on Best Environmental Management Practices for a number of priority sectors. These guides, developed with industry experts for a variety of sectors ranging from tourism to agriculture or car manufacturing, provide inspiration and guidance for organisations on a path to improve their environmental performance.

European SDG Handbook
Feb 11 2020

A new European Handbook for SDG Voluntary Local Reviews offers to policy makers, researchers and practitioners an inspirational framework to set up Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs).

VLRs are a fundamental instrument to monitor progresses and sustain the transformative and inclusive action of local actors towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Oct 31 2017

Europe is the largest tourist destination region in the world. This has significant economic impacts, as well as environmental consequences that need attention. On one side, many tourist activities have a large environmental footprint. On the other, the eco-efficiency of the 1.7 million enterprises that compose the sector varies widely. In both cases, there is high potential for improvement through the environmental management of enterprises and destinations, the adoption of best practices and the influence of tourist behaviour.