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The EU Commission Joint Research Centre Overview and activities

Brussels, 12 November 2013

Jocelyne Gaudin

Head of Unit

Scientific support to Innovation Union, Foresight and International Relations

[email protected]

Science and the activitiesrole of the JRC

EC President Barroso:

“… acting as a bridge between policy making, science, society and economy is an invaluable asset of the JRC, given its outreach to so many bodies and organisations inside and outside Europe."

EC Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn:

“The JRC… delivers scientific excellence, sound advice and key anticipation services…"

JRC Director General Dominique Ristori: the JRC is the European Commission's in-housescience service, providing EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle.

JRC at a glance activities

  • IRMM – Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements - Geel, Belgium

  • ITU –Institute for Transuranium Elements -Karlsruhe, Germany, and Ispra, Italy

  • IET – Institute for Energy and TransportPetten, The Netherlands, and Ispra, Italy

  • IPSC – Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen - Ispra, Italy

  • IES –Institute for Environment and Sustainability - Ispra, Italy

  • IHCP – Institute for Health and Consumer Protection - Ispra, Italy

  • IPTS – Institute for Prospective Technological Studies - Sevilla, Spain

JRC key policy areas activities

  • Financial stability and economic growth

  • Environment and climate change

  • Energy and transport

  • Agriculture and food security

  • Health and consumer protection

  • Information society and digital agenda

  • Safety and security (including nuclear)

  • supported through a cross-cutting

  • and multi-disciplinary approach

Jrc key policy mandates
JRC Key policy mandates activities

  • Strengthen the evidence base of EU Policy in particular:

    • To deepen the integration of JRC scientific advice into policy making in the EU

    • To provide policy analysis, facts and figures, foresight and modelling capabilities

Science for the financial sector activitiesThe JRC develops scientific models for the financial sector to reduce the probability of systematic crisis. The EC legislative proposal for minimum capital requirements in the banking sector (known as Basel III) and the EC legislative proposal on financial transactions were thoroughly tested using “SYMBOL”, a scientific model developed by the JRC.

Examples of JRC activities:

Supporting EU Policies

Ad-hoc policy support

Policy anticipation

TEFIS:Techno-economic Foresight for the Information Society

The JRC supports Information Society Technology policies by generating prospective analyses and strategies related to the knowledge society. TEFIS is one such example where emerging trends in Information Society Technologies up to a 15-year time period will be studied, using integrated techno-economic foresight analyses leading to strategic priority-setting.

Jrc key policy mandates1
JRC Key policy mandates activities

  • Network with a wide range of customers and stakeholders, in particularUniversities:

  • Between 2008-2013

    • 3400 collaboration with 399 universities, among which 405 with 60 UK universities

    • co-writing scientific articles: some 1600 peer-reviewed articles authored in cooperation with JRC scientists

Jrc key policy mandates2
JRC Key policy mandates activities

  • Contribute to the implementation of Horizon 2020

  • As an integral part of Horizon 2020, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) should continue to provide independent customer-driven scientific and technical support for the formulation, development, implementation and monitoring of Union policies. (…)

  • In carrying out the direct actions in accordance with its mission, the Joint Research Centre should place particular emphasis on areas of key concern for the Union, namely smart, inclusive and sustainable growth, security and citizenship and Global Europe.

  • The Joint Research Centre should continue to generate additional resources through competitive activities, including participation to the indirect actions of Horizon 2020, third party work and, to a lesser extent, the exploitation of intellectual property.

Jrc involvement in horizon 2020
JRC involvement in Horizon 2020 activities

  • Industrial leadership:

  • Contribute to the strategic orientation and science agenda of H2020 instruments (eg EIP, PPPs)

  • Support knowledge and technology transfer: definition of appropriate IPR frameworks

  • Promote technology transfer(TTO circle, Science parks)

  • Contribute to standardisation processes, in particular to tackle the societal challenges.

Jrc involvement in horizon 20201
JRC involvement in Horizon 2020 activities

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing

  • assess risks and opportunities of new technologies and chemicals

  • develop and validate harmonised measurement, identify methods, integrated testing strategies for toxicological hazard assessment.

  • Develop quality assurance of health testing and screening practices

Jrc involvement in horizon 20202
JRC involvement in Horizon 2020 activities

  • Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy

  • Establish a global system and tools for crop forecasting and monitoring of crop productivity; Model scenarios for decision-making in agricultural policies and analyses of policy impact at macro/regional/micro levels

  • Further develop methods for fisheries control and enforcement and traceability of fish and fish products

Jrc involvement in horizon 20203
JRC involvement in Horizon 2020 activities

  • Secure, clean and efficient energy

  • Mapping indigenous primary and external energy sources and infrastructures

  • Energy/electricity transmission networks, in particular modelling and simulation of trans-European energy networks,

  • Analysis of smart/super grid technologies

  • Methodologies for monitoring and assessing the achievements of energy efficiency policy instruments,

  • Safety of nuclear energy (under the Euratom programme)

Jrc involvement in horizon 20204
JRC involvement in Horizon 2020 activities

  • Smart, green and integrated transport

  • Commission internal clearing house for collecting and disseminating information for an integrated transport system.

  • Definition of harmonised test procedures and assessment of innovative technologies in terms of emissions

  • Improved methodologies for emission measurements and environmental pressures calculations

Jrc involvement in horizon 20205
JRC involvement in Horizon 2020 activities

  • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials

  • Measuring and monitoring key environmental variables and assessing the state and change of natural resources by further developing indicators

  • Developing an integrated modelling framework for sustainability assessment based on thematic models such as soil, land use, water, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, forestry, agriculture, energy and transport, also addressing effects of and responses to climate change.

Joint Research Centre (JRC) – HQ Brussels activities

Thank you!


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