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Security by design
Jun 13 2019

Urban planners, architects, counter-terrorism advisers and security officials from different European cities learnt at JRC Ispra about designing and selecting solutions for the protection of public spaces from terrorist attacks.

Better safety assessment of chemicals
Jun 13 2019

A new JRC study advocates a holistic approach to the safety assessment of chemicals that keeps pace with a changing environment and reduces their contribution to cancer risk.

We are surrounded by chemicals – in our food, cosmetics, household products, medicines, and the air we breathe. Some of them are potentially carcinogenic, so managing our exposure to these chemicals can significantly reduce the incidence of cancer in Europe and worldwide.

Image: Wheat is susceptible to fungal colonization, which can cause the contamination of grains with mycotoxins.
Wheat is susceptible to fungal colonization, which can cause the contamination of grains with mycotoxins.
Jun 13 2019
A new rapid method to detect mycotoxins in wheat products will facilitate controls and ensure safety for human consumption.
Sep 24 2019
Ispra
(IT)

The JRC is co-organsing the 2019 edition of the European HTCondor Workshop. It will take place in Italy from 24 to 27 September at the JRC Ispra in Italy.

HTCondor is an open-source high-throughput computing software framework for coarse-grained distributed parallelization of computationally intensive tasks. It is used by NASA, CERN, Ligo, DESY, IceCube, INFN and others.

JRC will host the upcoming workshop on HTCondor. Previous editions took place at:

I am an applied macroeconomist with interests mainly focussing on DSGE modelling, bayesian estimation and simulation analysis.

I am currently working for the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra (Italy).

The LULUCF (Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry) sector is part of the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventories that parties to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) must prepare, with different obligations for developed and developing countries.

Acronym: 
LULUCF Activities
Image: Loneliness affects all age groups, from children to the elderly.
Loneliness affects all age groups, from children to the elderly.
Jun 12 2019

Eastern and Southern Europeans feel lonelier and are more socially isolated than Western and Northern Europeans.

As part of a multi-year research project to analyse different aspects of social fairness, JRC researchers have analysed the incidence and the determinants of loneliness across Europe.

Lonely people are often stigmatised. They are more likely to have poor health and poor cognitive performance, mental problems and pessimistic views. They feel more easily threatened in daily life situations.

Image: Product design for ease of disassembly will vastly improve the recyclability of products
Product design for ease of disassembly will vastly improve the recyclability of products
Jun 14 2019

A joint KU Leuven and JRC scientific paper proposes a new robust ease of Disassembly Metric (eDiM) to calculate the disassembly time of products for repair, reuse and component harvesting.

By categorising disassembly tasks in six categories, this method provides insights on which disassembly tasks are the most time consuming and how the product design could be improved.

From 2019, all heavy vehicles must be equipped with new Smart Tachograph
From 2019, all heavy vehicles must be equipped with new Smart Tachograph
Jun 14 2019

From 15 June 2019, all heavy vehicles newly registered in the EU must have a smart tachograph on board.

These devices help fight fatigue and speeding, the most common causes of accidents, by allowing authorities to check vehicles without stopping them. 

Their reliable operation depends on technical specifications and infrastructure designed and put in place by the European Commission's science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre.

Smart tachographs track and record the driving and resting times of professional drivers.

Image: workshop: Extreme Events and Energy Transitions - Tackling the Challenges of Climate Change by Integrating Social and Complex Systems Science
Sep 23 2019
Sep 27 2019
Ispra
(IT)

Human activities exposes us to ever more frequent extreme events such as:

  • power black-outs
  • droughts
  • extended floods

This poses challenges to energy sustainability and actions to tackle climate change through renewable energies.

The workshop on extreme events and energy transitions aims at exploring how enable important advancements in this area by

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