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.
Scientists from the JRC and WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released the latest 2018 estimates on the burden of cancer in Europe. Cancer incidence and mortality indicators have been computed for 40 European countries on 34 types of cancer as well as for all cancer sites combined. These estimates are the joint outcome of a collaborative exercise led by IARC, in collaboration with JRC, the European Network of Cancer Registries and the International Association of Cancer Registries.
JRC scientists developed a quantitative method for measuring the surface energy and hydrophobicity of nanomaterials, as the knowledge about hydrophobicity is important when assessing potential risks of chemicals.
Hydrophobicity is an important parameter to determine for the risk assessment of chemicals and in particular of nanomaterials.
Because hydrophobicity plays a critical role in various biological processes such as:
JRC scientists propose a novel application of statistical theory (Newcomb-Benford Law) to detect frauds in international trade.
Have you ever noticed how the first pages of big reference books and tables are more worn and smudged than later pages?
Or how, in certain large sets of data, some numbers start with a certain digit (other than zero) more often than others?
The probability of these events is explained by the Newcomb-Benford Law, or first digit law.
The detection of frauds is one of the most prominent applications of this statistical theory.