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.
The Joint Research Centre has launched a call for expressions of interest in joining a campaign to measure the extent of microplastics in urban wastewater.
While there has been much talk and speculation about the occurrence and risks of microplastics in water resources, including in drinking water, more scientific knowledge is required to understand the size of the problem.
The JRC contributed to the soil component of the State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, the first global assessment of biodiversity for food and agriculture worldwide, recently released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Over the past two decades, approximately 20% of the Earth’s vegetated surface has become less productive and most of the species, genes and microorganisms that are the bedrock of food production are ‘severely under threat’.
Of the 5.2 million births in the European Union (EU) each year, approximately 104,000 (2.5%) will be born with congenital anomalies.
The JRC recently launched the European Index of Digital Entrepreneurship Systems. This tool compares the digital entrepreneurial ecosystems in the 28 EU countries, by looking at the conditions important for digital enterprises.