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How much fertile soil is there?

Soil is critical to life on Earth. It provides most of the food we eat. More than 99% of the daily calorific intake of Europeans comes from soil-based products. But soil is a non-renewable resource under pressure which should be protected. Play the soil game to find out how much of the Earth has fertile soil!

Where food begins

99% of our food comes from our soil. Learn more about how HEALTY SOIL is the key to food security for all.

Forecasting Crops

Crops are the basis of many food products such as flour, vegetables, cereals and sugar. How can we be sure that we have enough crops growing in Europe to feed us all? Can we predict potential shortage of yields? Discover how JRC scientists forecast crop production, who they provide information to and why this is so important for Europe and other parts of the World.

Choose dinner wisely!

Do you know what dishes to eat to reduce your environmental footprint? Play the JRC food challenge to test your knowledge! Alex has cooked delicious meals but needs your help to select which one is 'greenest': having the lowest impact on climate change, land use and nitrogen loads. Sylvia will give you interesting tips on how to consume wisely and limit your impact on the environment.

Forecasting Crops

Crops are the basis of many food products such as flour, vegetables, cereals and sugar. How can we be sure that we have enough crops growing in Europe to feed us all? Can we predict potential shortage of yields? Discover how JRC scientists forecast crop production, who they provide information to and why this is so important for Europe and other parts of the World.

Choose dinner wisely!

Do you know what dishes to eat to reduce your environmental footprint? Play the JRC food challenge to test your knowledge! Alex has cooked delicious meals but needs your help to select which one is 'greenest': having the lowest impact on climate change, land use and nitrogen loads. Sylvia will give you interesting tips on how to consume wisely and limit your impact on the environment.

Forecasting Crops

Crops are the basis of many food products such as flour, vegetables, cereals and sugar. How can we be sure that we have enough crops growing in Europe to feed us all? Can we predict potential shortage of yields? Discover how JRC scientists forecast crop production, who they provide information to and why this is so important for Europe and other parts of the World.

Choose dinner wisely!

Do you know what dishes to eat to reduce your environmental footprint? Play the JRC food challenge to test your knowledge! Alex has cooked delicious meals but needs your help to select which one is 'greenest': having the lowest impact on climate change, land use and nitrogen loads. Sylvia will give you interesting tips on how to consume wisely and limit your impact on the environment.

Fish: treasure from the sea to be protected

Watch how the JRC and science contribute to 'Blue Growth', the maritime contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Forecasting Crops

Crops are the basis of many food products such as flour, vegetables, cereals and sugar. How can we be sure that we have enough crops growing in Europe to feed us all? Can we predict potential shortage of yields? Discover how JRC scientists forecast crop production, who they provide information to and why this is so important for Europe and other parts of the World.

Choose dinner wisely!

Do you know what dishes to eat to reduce your environmental footprint? Play the JRC food challenge to test your knowledge! Alex has cooked delicious meals but needs your help to select which one is 'greenest': having the lowest impact on climate change, land use and nitrogen loads. Sylvia will give you interesting tips on how to consume wisely and limit your impact on the environment.

Forecasting Crops

Crops are the basis of many food products such as flour, vegetables, cereals and sugar. How can we be sure that we have enough crops growing in Europe to feed us all? Can we predict potential shortage of yields? Discover how JRC scientists forecast crop production, who they provide information to and why this is so important for Europe and other parts of the World.

Forecasting Crops

Crops are the basis of many food products such as flour, vegetables, cereals and sugar. How can we be sure that we have enough crops growing in Europe to feed us all? Can we predict potential shortage of yields? Discover how JRC scientists forecast crop production, who they provide information to and why this is so important for Europe and other parts of the World.

Forecasting Crops

Crops are the basis of many food products such as flour, vegetables, cereals and sugar. How can we be sure that we have enough crops growing in Europe to feed us all? Can we predict potential shortage of yields? Discover how JRC scientists forecast crop production, who they provide information to and why this is so important for Europe and other parts of the World.

Choose dinner wisely!

Do you know what dishes to eat to reduce your environmental footprint? Play the JRC food challenge to test your knowledge! Alex has cooked delicious meals but needs your help to select which one is 'greenest': having the lowest impact on climate change, land use and nitrogen loads. Sylvia will give you interesting tips on how to consume wisely and limit your impact on the environment.

Choose dinner wisely!

Do you know what dishes to eat to reduce your environmental footprint? Play the JRC food challenge to test your knowledge! Alex has cooked delicious meals but needs your help to select which one is 'greenest': having the lowest impact on climate change, land use and nitrogen loads. Sylvia will give you interesting tips on how to consume wisely and limit your impact on the environment.

Choose dinner wisely!

Do you know what dishes to eat to reduce your environmental footprint? Play the JRC food challenge to test your knowledge! Alex has cooked delicious meals but needs your help to select which one is 'greenest': having the lowest impact on climate change, land use and nitrogen loads. Sylvia will give you interesting tips on how to consume wisely and limit your impact on the environment.

Forecasting Crops

Crops are the basis of many food products such as flour, vegetables, cereals and sugar. How can we be sure that we have enough crops growing in Europe to feed us all? Can we predict potential shortage of yields? Discover how JRC scientists forecast crop production, who they provide information to and why this is so important for Europe and other parts of the World.

Choose dinner wisely!

Do you know what dishes to eat to reduce your environmental footprint? Play the JRC food challenge to test your knowledge! Alex has cooked delicious meals but needs your help to select which one is 'greenest': having the lowest impact on climate change, land use and nitrogen loads. Sylvia will give you interesting tips on how to consume wisely and limit your impact on the environment.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles monitoring agriculture

Ever wonder how authorities can check what is going on over a vast area of land? Watch this video to see how we use science and technology to see what is happening in the countryside where we grow products.

Jann Martinsohn, JRC scientist - Genetics & Genomics

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Robert M'Barek, JRC scientist - Agricultural Economics

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Digital society

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Happy OnLife - online safety

Do you know how to be safe online? See if you can answer the questions correctly (play against the computer or your friend) to get the highest score!

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Why does the health of the banking sector matter?

The JRC develops mathematical models and computational tools that assist the European Commission in taking informed policy decisions to ensure financial stability. This demo illustrates the complexity of the EU banking sector and shows how EU legislative measures can reduce the costs of possible future financial crises for the tax payers. It highlights the role of science in designing and assessing policy initiatives before they are put in place.

Scientific support for financial stability

Since the beginning of the financial crisis the European Commission has made several propositions to help tackle two pressing challenges: the need to simultaneously restore financial stability and boost economic growth. The JRC develops scientific models and methods to assist the Commission and EU member states in taking informed policy decisions in these fields. (November 2012)

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Inside VELA

Ever wondered how the emissions, or efficiency of scooters, cars, lorries and busses are tested? Or how we can compare road testing and lab tests? Or how can we calculate if a biofuel is really 'greener' than petrol? Watch what goes on in the Vehicle Emissions Laboratory to find out.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

Green energy: tomorrow's reality

More than three million people across the EU now work in eco-industries, producing nature-friendly goods and services. Watch to learn more.

Inside ESTI

The European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) is a laboratory that works to verify the power and energy output of photovoltaic (PV) devices. ESTI is located at the JRC's Ispra site in Italy. It has been at the forefront of developing standards for electrical performance of PV products since its launch in the late 1970s. ESTI's work to support the EU's renewable energy policy (Directive 2009/28/EC), find out more here.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

What is a smart grid?

What is a smart grid? How will it affect my life? The JRC interactive smart grid application explains step-by-step what a smart grid is, how it differs from the current energy infrastructure and how it will change our lives and improve the security of Europe’s energy supply.

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

ESTI

Explore! our real-life European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that this laboratory in Ispra, has been around since the 70's? It has been at the forefront of the development of standards for the electrical performance of photovoltaic (PV) products since its launch.

Making energy more efficient

How much energy do all Europeans consume for stand-by functions on our many household appliances? How much energy do Europe's data centres need to cool the servers? Use the energy efficiency application to find out how the JRC and European Industry has cut energy consumption by 50% in some cases.

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Rana Pant, JRC scientist - Resource Efficiency

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Bert Saveyn, JRC scientist - Economic Modelling

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Jutta Thielen, JRC scientist - Hydro-Meteorology

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

The PESETA project

Do you believe climate change is real? Watch this video to see how scientists at the JRC study climate change and try to analyse different possible affects it could have on Europe. Why should we even think about these things? Will it help us be better prepared for what could happen?

Breathing Forest

Forests are the green lungs of our planet. During the day, trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we need to breathe. But at night, the process is reversed and the forest produces carbon dioxide. What does this mean for the global climate equation?

Water monitoring

With water shortages a growing problem around the world recycling waste water has become increasingly important. JRC researchers have come up with a cheap and efficient tool to control the safety standards of waste water in a development that should boost the recycling effort.

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Tomorrow’s Healthy Society Research Priorities for Foods and Diets

How can research in food and diets address how we will live and eat in 2050? By supporting the move towards individualised diets; by ensuring the sustainability of the future food system; by improving our understanding of links between food, nutrients and health; and by focusing on integrated policy-making. These are the main findings of a new foresight report that will support work done under Horizon 2020, the EU's funding programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.

Tomorrow’s Healthy Society Research Priorities for Foods and Diets

ANNEXES to the report.

The Role of Nutrition in Active and Healthy Ageing

Europe is facing an ageing population. Life expectancy is at its highest and many European populations are going through major changes. However, despite living longer many people suffer ill-health or disability in the last 15 to 20 years of life. To encourage active healthy ageing and to help increase healthy life expectancy, the European Commission has launched the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (the Partnership), which aims to add an average of two healthy life years in Europe by 2020. Read about the Partnership and how diet and nutrition play a role active healthy ageing (AHA).

Mapping of National School Food Policies across the EU28 plus Norway and Switzerland

With childhood obesity on the rise in many European countries, schools may serve as a protected environment for children to learn healthy diet and lifestyle habits. Policy makers, educators and researchers would benefit from a comprehensive overview of European school food policies. In this report you read about how we screened public databases, EU level reports, national ministerial websites and the scientific literature to collate official school food policies across Europe.

Mapping dietary prevention of cancer in the EU28

The European Commission has been active in supporting actions against cancer for over 25 years. More recently in 2009, a Communication on Action Against Cancer (European Partnership (COM (2009) 291 final)) was adopted and led to the formation of a joint action called the European Partnership for Action Against Cancer (EPAAC). In close collaboration with the Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), the JRC will draw on its experience in harmonisation, independent research, as well as its networking and collaboration capacities to facilitate and drive improvements both in cancer information and care quality.

Science for Food

The European Commission plays a key role in developing and implementing sound food policies that protect the well-being of consumers and safeguard public health. Ensuring that safe food reaches our plates is a complex task involving diverse actors: farmers, food producers, retailers and control laboratory personnel among others. Here you can read about how JRC supports the EU’s work in securing the safety and quality of our food, promoting at the same time the sustainable use of resources.

2050 – It's up to you

Will you have a healthy future? Select your avatar and go on a journey through a typical day to find out. Choose what to have for breakfast, how to get to work, how to spend your free time and where you go shopping. Many factors impact on how we will live in 2050. You may be surprised to see how your choices of today will be translated into a possible future world!

EURL FCM

Explore! our real-life European Union Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials and navigate first-hand, inside. Find out how we test to see if the food we eat is safe.

EURL FCM

Explore! our real-life European Union Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials and navigate first-hand, inside. Find out how we test to see if the food we eat is safe.

EURL FCM

Explore! our real-life European Union Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials and navigate first-hand, inside. Find out how we test to see if the food we eat is safe.

EURL FCM

Explore! our real-life European Union Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials and navigate first-hand, inside. Find out how we test to see if the food we eat is safe.

EURL FCM

Explore! our real-life European Union Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials and navigate first-hand, inside. Find out how we test to see if the food we eat is safe.

EURL FCM

Explore! our real-life European Union Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials and navigate first-hand, inside. Find out how we test to see if the food we eat is safe.

EURL FCM

Explore! our real-life European Union Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials and navigate first-hand, inside. Find out how we test to see if the food we eat is safe.

In touch with food

Most of the food we buy is packed in materials such as plastic or metal to make it easy to store and transport. How can we be sure this packaging isn't harmful to our health?

EURL FCM

Explore! our real-life European Union Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials and navigate first-hand, inside. Find out how we test to see if the food we eat is safe.

The safe food journey

Follow the journey your food travels from production and packaging to your plate. Click on different food on the production line to find out about the various types of material that are used to contain and protect it. At the supermarket test your knowledge about the different forms of food packaging. Finally, you will find yourself in the kitchen with a variety of kitchen utensils. During your journey you will learn what the JRC scientists do to ensure that no harmful chemicals are released from food contact materials.

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RHOMOLO: a model for cohesion

Cohesion, investments, the EU… have we been growing? Take a look for yourself and learn about how we are calculating the impact of the Cohesion Policy.

Best available techniques (BAT)

Learn about how BAT's reference dcouments are key to the implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU). Find out more about the objectives laid out to provide the scientific and technical basis for EU industrial emissions legislation.

Composite indicators. What??

Innovation, science, government, GNP, globalisation, education, poverty level, unemployment, jobs… How do all of these things get measured? Statistics, how do we use all of those numbers? Watch this explanation to find out how scientists combine all of this information to get results and understand the world around us.

The Smart Specialisation Platform

Why was it created? How does it help regions? Find out what is happening now.

Science-based policy support

What does it mean?

European ICT poles of excellence

Look at key findings for the best performing EU regions in terms of Information Communication Technology (ICT) activities.

Behavioural science applied to policy making

Policies are generally based on the theoretical assumption that people are rational BUT… Does policy-making take into account people's real behaviour?

EU R&D scoreboard

Benchmarking EU industry innovation performance to help sape EU policy.

Do policies work?

Find out how to evaluate policy interventions by watching this short video.

How does the JRC provide solutions

Without realising we consult experts daily about certain problems. The EU faces problems on a daily basis as well. The JRC works to help advise the EU about how to provide answers to our questions.

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VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

Nanotechnology Laboratory

Explore our real-life Nanotechnology Laboratory and navigate first-hand inside. Did you know that EU regulations on consumer products such as food, cosmetics and biocides have specific provisions for nanomaterials?

Nanotechnology Laboratory

Explore our real-life Nanotechnology Laboratory and navigate first-hand inside. Did you know that EU regulations on consumer products such as food, cosmetics and biocides have specific provisions for nanomaterials?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

Water Lab

Explore! our real-life Water Innovation Support Laboratory and navigate first-hand, inside. See how we measure and characterise water in a lab.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

Water Lab

Explore! our real-life Water Innovation Support Laboratory and navigate first-hand, inside. See how we measure and characterise water in a lab.

Nanotechnology Laboratory

Explore our real-life Nanotechnology Laboratory and navigate first-hand inside. Did you know that EU regulations on consumer products such as food, cosmetics and biocides have specific provisions for nanomaterials?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

Water Lab

Explore! our real-life Water Innovation Support Laboratory and navigate first-hand, inside. See how we measure and characterise water in a lab.

Nanotechnology Laboratory

Explore our real-life Nanotechnology Laboratory and navigate first-hand inside. Did you know that EU regulations on consumer products such as food, cosmetics and biocides have specific provisions for nanomaterials?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

Nanotechnology Laboratory

Explore our real-life Nanotechnology Laboratory and navigate first-hand inside. Did you know that EU regulations on consumer products such as food, cosmetics and biocides have specific provisions for nanomaterials?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

Water Lab

Explore! our real-life Water Innovation Support Laboratory and navigate first-hand, inside. See how we measure and characterise water in a lab.

Nanotechnology Laboratory

Explore our real-life Nanotechnology Laboratory and navigate first-hand inside. Did you know that EU regulations on consumer products such as food, cosmetics and biocides have specific provisions for nanomaterials?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

Water Lab

Explore! our real-life Water Innovation Support Laboratory and navigate first-hand, inside. See how we measure and characterise water in a lab.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

Water Lab

Explore! our real-life Water Innovation Support Laboratory and navigate first-hand, inside. See how we measure and characterise water in a lab.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

Water Lab

Explore! our real-life Water Innovation Support Laboratory and navigate first-hand, inside. See how we measure and characterise water in a lab.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

Water Lab

Explore! our real-life Water Innovation Support Laboratory and navigate first-hand, inside. See how we measure and characterise water in a lab.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

VELA

Explore! our real-life Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) and navigate first-hand, inside. This area includes two labs and seven testing major testing facilities. Did you know that we are currently building a new facility in Ispra for electric vehicle testing?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

Nanotechnology Laboratory

Explore our real-life Nanotechnology Laboratory and navigate first-hand inside. Did you know that EU regulations on consumer products such as food, cosmetics and biocides have specific provisions for nanomaterials?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

Nanotechnology Laboratory

Explore our real-life Nanotechnology Laboratory and navigate first-hand inside. Did you know that EU regulations on consumer products such as food, cosmetics and biocides have specific provisions for nanomaterials?

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JRC newsletter

This is the monthly newsletter of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's in-house science service. If you are interested in receiving it directly you can subscribe online on the Science Hub.

50 years JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements: an illustrated history

This illustrated book gives a chronological overview of the history of the Institute for Transuranium Elements, highlighting the main achievements, milestones, events and visits of the last 50 years.

A 50 year pictorial history of JRC Ispra

This documentary photo collection depicts the evolution of the Ispra site from 1959 to 2009.

Jobs oportunities at DG JRC

An overview of work opportunities and conditions for employment (temporary and permanent) at the JRC.

JRC Annual Report 2014

This report provides highlights of research activities carried out over the year in support of the main EU policies. Topics include economic and monetary union; innovation, growth and jobs; digital agenda; energy and transport; environment and climate change; agriculture and global food security; security and disaster risk reduction; health and consumer protection and nuclear safety and security.

50 years JRC Petten (1962-2012)

This publication presents the history of our site in Petten, North Holland, also known as the Petten establishment.

A-Z guide to the Joint Research Centre

This guide provides a comprehensive overview of the JRC's work to support the different EU policy areas. It showcases the JRC's independent and evidence-based scientific and technical support to the development, roll-out and assessment of EU policies. It consists of 23 stand-alone chapters presented in alphabetical order – each describing the JRC's work in a specific policy area.

JRC in brief

A short animation that better explains what the JRC is about and 'What we are doing for science'. Have a look and see what the European Commission's in-house science service is doing for you, the European Union and the world.

Working with the JRC

The JRC offers an enriching multi-cultural and multi-lingual work environment with lifelong learning and professional development opportunities.<br/>Opportunities exist in both the research and administrative fields offering the chance to work at the cutting edge of scientific and technological developments in support of European Union policy. <br/>This one minute animation explains how science supports policy and the role of the JRC, in this process.

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Austria

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Austrian partners. (June 2014)

Albania

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Albanian partners. (March 2015)

Belgium

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Belgian partners. (March 2015)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina. (May 2012)

Brazil

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Brazilian partners. (January 2013)

Bulgaria

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Bulgarian partners. (February 2014)

Croatia

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Croatian partners. (March 2015)

Cyprus

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Cypriot partners. (November 2014)

Czech Republic

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Czech partners. (May 2014)

Denmark

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Danish partners. (May 2014)

Estonia

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Estonian partners. (March 2015)

Finland

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Finnish partners. (March 2015)

France

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its French partners. (November 2014)

Germany

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its German partners. (November 2014)

Greece

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Greek partners. (February 2014)

Hungary

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Hungarian partners. (December 2014)

Ireland

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Irish partners. (March 2015)

Japan

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Japanese partners. (February 2014)

Latvia

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Latvian partners. (May 2014)

Lithuania

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Lithuanian partners. (March 2015)

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its partners in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. (September 2012)

Luxembourg

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Luxembourger partners. (March 2015)

Malta

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Maltese partners. (April 2015)

Montenegro

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Montenegrin partners. (September 2012)

Norway

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Norwegian partners. (March 2012)

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Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its partners in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. (September 2012)

Poland

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Polish partners. (September 2014)

Portugal

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Portuguese partners. (October 2014)

Romania

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Romanian partners. (May 2014)

Slovakia

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Slovakian partners. (June 2014)

Slovenia

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Slovenian partners. (May 2014)

Spain

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Spanish partners. (October 2014)

Sveden

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Swedish partners. (September 2014)

The African Union

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its African Union partners. (April 2014)

The Netherlands

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Dutch partners. (August 2014)

The United Kingdom

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its UK partners. (March 2015)

The United States of America

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its partners in the USA. (February 2014)

Turkey

Across Europe and worldwide, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes, the latest being Horizon 2020. Learn more about what the JRC is currently collaborating on with its Turkish partners. (February 2013)

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Klaus Mayer, JRC scientist - Nuclear Forensic

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Rana Pant, JRC scientist - Resource Efficiency

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Bert Saveyn, JRC scientist - Economic Modelling

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Jutta Thielen, JRC scientist - Hydro-Meteorology

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Catherine Simoneau, JRC scientist - Food Chemistry

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Ingrid Zegers, JRC scientist - Blood Tests Reference Standards

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Elisa Pirovano, JRC scientist - Linear Electron Accelerator facility (GELINA)

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Jann Martinsohn, JRC scientist - Genetics & Genomics

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Peter Siegler, JRC scientist - Nuclear Safety, Security & Safeguards

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Robert M'Barek, JRC scientist - Agricultural Economics

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Keith Cairns, JRC scientist - GELINA Control Room

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Goedele Sibbens, JRC scientist - Nuclear Data

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

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Policy Support Coordination and Resources

The JRC headquarters are located at Rue du Champ de Mars 21, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. Here, as well as in other locations, we host three different directorates: <br/>• The Directorate-General, which is responsible for the overall scientific, technical and financial management.<br/>• The Policy Support Coordination Directorate (PSC), whose mission is to strengthen the JRC's impact on EU policy.<br/>• The Resources Directorate, which manages the human, financial and technical resources in support of the JRC. Browse our selection of photographs.

Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP)

The mission of the JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection is (JRC-IHCP) is to provide scientific and technical support to the EU policies for the protection of the interests and health of European citizens in the areas of food, consumer products, chemicals and public health. Browse our selection of IHCP photographs.

Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)

The mission of the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (JRC-IES) is to provide scientific and technical support to EU policies for the protection of the environment, and the more efficient and sustainable management of natural resources at global and continental scales. Browse our selection of IES photographs.

Institute for Energy and Transport (IET)

The mission of the JRC Institute for Energy and Transport (JRC-IET) is to provide support to European Union policies and technology innovation to ensure sustainable, safe, secure and efficient energy production, distribution and use and to foster sustainable and efficient transport in Europe. Browse our selection of IET photographs.

Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC)

The mission of the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (JRC-IPSC) is to enhance safety and stability of the European society on the basis of an agreed EU agenda by creating scientific results and turning them into measurable impact. Based on a combination of advanced ICT and engineering expertise, JRC-IPSC provides European policy makers with scientific and technology advice on issues relevant to safety, security and stability within and outside the EU. Browse our selection of IPSC photographs.

Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)

JRC-IPTS focuses on five major research fields – knowledge for growth, information society, agriculture and global food security, sustainable production and consumption and economics of climate change, energy and transport. It provides policy makers with tools to prepare and justify policy initiatives and later to evaluate them. Browse our selection of IPTS photographs.

Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM)

The mission of JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (JRC-IRMM) is to support industrial competitiveness, quality of life, safety and security in the EU by developing advanced measurement standards and providing state-of-the-art scientific advice concerning measurements and standards for EU policies. Browse our selection of IRMM photographs.

Ispra Site Management (ISM)

The Directorate is responsible for a vast range of services on the JRC-Ispra site, spanning from site planning and building maintenance, and the provision of utilities such as energy, water and communication networks, to site security and safety and essential logistics, such as transport, cleaning and waste management. ISM also manages the programme of Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management (D&WM) at Ispra related to the shutdown nuclear facilities on-site. Browse our selection of ISM photographs.

Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU)

The mission of the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (JRC-ITU) is to provide the scientific foundation for the protection of European citizens against risks associated with the handling and storage of highly radioactive material. Browse our selection of ITU photographs.

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JRC sites

Map of site in Ispra, Italy

Site in Ispra, Italy

Browse a selection of aerial shots and maps of JRC property in Ispra.

Map of site in Geel, Belgium

Site in Geel, Belgium

Browse a selection of aerial shots and maps of JRC property in Geel.

Site in Karlsruhe, Germany

Browse a selection of aerial shots and maps of JRC property in Karlsruhe.

Map of site in Petten, Netherlands

Site in Petten, Netherlands

Browse a selection of aerial shots and maps of JRC property in Petten.

Site in Seville, Spain

Browse a selection of photos of our buildings in Seville.

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E-mobility and smart grids at the JRC

E-mobility – clean and environmentally friendly transport using electric vehicles – is based on an innovative, climate friendly technology with big growth potential.

Biofuels and bioenergy: How green are they?

Biomass is the organic fraction of both agricultural products, from forestry and related industries, and industrial and municipal waste. This includes for example wood, straw, energy crops, agricultural waste, agro-industrial waste, plants and animal waste. Bioenergy is the production of energy from biomass for uses in transport, heat or electricity. Within this context, since one of the drivers for bioenergy development at worldwide level is climate change policy, an important question to be answered is: How green are biofuels and bioenergy?

VELA: Vehicle Emissions Laboratory

The Ispra, Italy-based Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) comprises a well-equipped chemical and physical analysis labs, and seven major testing facilities capable of conducting emissions tests on a variety of vehicles.

Science for disaster risk reduction and response

Science and technology offer key solutions to improve disaster risk reduction, as well as anticipation and response to natural and man-made disasters.<br/><br/>The European Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), carries out research in crisis management technologies, analysis and application of remotely sensed data, natural hazard modelling, information mining/analysis, vulnerability and risk analysis, and civil engineering to support resilience against disasters.

Science for nuclear safety and security

Ensuring nuclear safety and security has always been a priority for the EU. The March 2011 Council conclusions as well as the 2014 Nuclear Summit emphasise the need to give priority to the highest standards for nuclear safety and security in the EU and internationally.<br/>The JRC supports the European Commission in fulfilling the obligations set up by the Euratom (European Atomic Energy Community) Treaty and recommendations, decisions, regulations and directives in the areas of nuclear research, training and education and radiation protection.

Science for a Circular Economy

In a circular economy, resources such as energy and materials are transformed and reused in a sustainable manner. This leaflet outlines examples of JRC's scientific and technical support to EU policies related to efficient use of resources and environment protection.

Science for Agriculture

The JRC provides scientific and technical support to the European Union’s agriculture and food security policies through its monitoring, modelling and economic analysis of agricultural resources and farm systems.

Science for Health

The Joint Research Centre (JRC), as the European Commission’s in-house science service, has a longstanding experience on health-related activities. These range from the detection of potentially hazardous substances in food, to the monitoring of health threats and environmental risks, as well as standardisation of measurements and validation of methods for safety assessment. The JRC is also now successfully developing new expertise in important public health-related areas, such as cancer and rare diseases, nutrition and healthy ageing, as well as behavioural sciences applied to public health.

Development in nuclear safeguards

Some examples of JRC research developments that are making the life of Europe's citizens safer and more secure in the area of nuclear safety.

Scientific support for financial stability

Since the beginning of the financial crisis the European Commission has made several propositions to help tackle two pressing challenges: the need to simultaneously restore financial stability and boost economic growth. The JRC develops scientific models and methods to assist the Commission and EU member states in taking informed policy decisions in these fields. (November 2012)

Solar Energy: Capturing the benefits of photovoltaics

Photovoltaic (PV) modules convert photons from the sun’s rays into electricity, which can either be stored or fed into the electricity grid. It is a very promising technological option to shift towards a decarbonised energy supply. With its European Solar Test Installation (ESTI), the JRC assesses the performance of new and improved photovoltaic devices and performs pre-normative research. (June 2013)

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Science for Water

This report aims to give a comprehensive overview of the JRC's work in relation to global water challenges. In each of the six chapters, the detailed policy context is cited, showing clearly how and where the JRC is providing its scientific and technical support to water-related policies. (May 2012)

Science for Energy

This report aims to give a comprehensive overview of the JRC's work in relation to the global energy challenge. It highlights the JRC's research in areas such as security of energy supply, renewable energy, energy technology innovation, energy efficiency, nuclear energy, and hydrogen technologies. For each area, a detailed description of the research carried out by the JRC is provided along with how this work provides the scientific and technical support to EU policy in the field of energy. (June 2013)

Science for Standards: a driver for innovation

This report aims to give a comprehensive overview of the JRC's work in relation to standardisation in fields as diverse as health, environment or energy. It provides a comprehensive overview of how the JRC's scientific and technical support to EU policies in this field. JRC research includes for instance developing reference materials for environmental monitoring, ensuring international compatibility in the area of smart grids and electromobility, and improving standards in cutting edge technologies such as remote sensing and nanotechnology. (April 2013)

Science for Disaster Risk Reduction

Science and technology offer key solutions to improve disaster risk reduction, as well as anticipation and response to natural and man-made disasters.<br/>The European Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), carries out research in crisis management technologies, analysis and application of remotely sensed data, natural hazard modelling, information mining/analysis, vulnerability and risk analysis, and civil engineering to support resilience against disasters.

Science for food

In May 2015, the JRC has released a report on its scientific support to the EU's "from farm to fork" policy which ensures Europeans enjoy safe and nutritious food, while facilitating the food industry to work under the best possible conditions. This report also presents JRC research on global food security – a growing challenge for researchers and policymakers alike when over 800 million people face hunger worldwide and food demand is expected to rise by 60% by 2050.

Science for Nuclear safety and security

This report aims to give a comprehensive overview of the JRC's work in relation to nuclear safety and security. It highlights the JRC's relevant scientific output in nuclear safety; nuclear security; reference measurements; materials and standards; nuclear knowledge management; training and education and, in the last chapter, innovation. In addition, the report lists facilities, partners and references as well as links to useful tools and websites are provided. (August 2014)

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Klaus Mayer, JRC scientist - Nuclear Forensic

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

The nuclear cycle

Did you know that one third of Europe's energy is produced by nuclear reactors and there are around 130 reactors operating in 14 EU countries? The choice to use nuclear power or not in each of the 28 EU Member States is a national decision. Some countries have nuclear phase-out policies, whilst others are opting for long-term operation and lifetime extension of their nuclear plants. This is a comprehensive overview of the work of the JRC in the domain of nuclear safety and security - a complex but fascinating field of research!

Safeguards and security

The JRC provides technical and scientific support in the areas of nuclear measurements, process monitoring, containment and surveillance and advanced safeguards approaches. This includes the development of tools to support the identification of illicit procurement activities, as well as the development and implementation of EU strategic export controls through technical assessments and capacity building programmes. Find out more in this short video.

Nuclear training

In addition to training provided at the national level, the JRC is enhancing cross-border cooperation, experts' networking and the provision of centralised knowledge management tools. Advanced training in material detection and identification, management of radiological crime scenes and development of national response plans are also offered as main activities in this area. Find out more in this short video.

Atomic detectives

The JRC has developed methods for investigating seized materials and developed response plans for incidents involving nuclear material. In this video you can see scientists demonstrate how seized nuclear material is analysed by forensic methods, how inspectors are trained and how nuclear materials from the smallest pellet or even dust samples can be 'fingerprinted' or attributed. These fingerprints provide clues on the particular place of origin from anywhere in the world.

The basics of nuclear energy research

Studies of the actinide elements and compounds are motivated by the need to characterise their structural and thermodynamic properties for the development of nuclear fuels and the treatment of waste, whether it be long-term storage or ideas involving transmutation in high-powered accelerators or fast reactors. Basic understanding of the physico-chemical properties, starting with the electronic structure, is needed to develop predictive theories of technological relevance. Find out more in this short video.

Nuclear fuel safety

The JRC performs direct nuclear fuel safety research in its state-of-the-art experimental facilities. Its research focuses on safety limits of nuclear fuels and cycles under normal and accidental scenarios, and on the fuels’ behaviour under harsh reactor conditions. The safety of the nuclear fuel also includes the nuclear waste management and decommissioning and emergency preparedness. Find out more in this short video.

The JRC's prime objectives in the field of nuclear safety and security

JRC's prime objectives are to serve as a reference centre for basic actinide research, to contribute to an effective safety, security and safeguards system for the nuclear fuel cycle, and to study technological and medical applications of radionuclides/actinides. Find out more in this short video.

Atomic detectives (Euronews - Futuris)

The detection and the identification of illegally transported or stored nuclear material constitute a major line of defense against illicit trafficking. The JRC has developed various techniques that allow identification of the origin of intercepted material, the route it could have taken and the probable intended use. (Euronews - Futuris)

Elisa Pirovano, JRC scientist - Linear Electron Accelerator facility (GELINA)

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Peter Siegler, JRC scientist - Nuclear Safety, Security & Safeguards

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Keith Cairns, JRC scientist - GELINA Control Room

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

Goedele Sibbens, JRC scientist - Nuclear Data

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

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Mapping human settlements from space

Contrary to common belief, there is still a lack of information on where and under what conditions people live, especially in developing countries. Moreover, the migration of inhabitants from the countryside to urban settlements generates a continuous modification in the shape of towns and territories. This dynamic process is difficult to monitor. Watch how a clever system developed by the JRC, the Global Human Settlements Layer, can automatically monitor human presence from space.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

How built-up is Europe?

Find your city on the map and find out how populated it is! The European settlements map provides detailed data on built-up areas in Europe. It can estimate the surface area occupied by buildings, the size of the buildings as well as the number of people living in any neighbourhood in Europe.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

Is your house earthquake-proof?

There is no way of preventing or exactly predicting earthquakes so engineers and scientists are looking for new ways of designing safer buildings, bridges and other infrastructure. Find out what JRC researchers do at the European Laboratory of Structural Assessment (ELSA) testing how real structures react under earthquake conditions, using the so-called Reaction Wall. These tests help scientists to improve numerical models, design new solutions for the future and contribute to European guidelines and standards for the construction sector.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

Mapping human settlements from space

Contrary to common belief, there is still a lack of information on where and under what conditions people live, especially in developing countries. Moreover, the migration of inhabitants from the countryside to urban settlements generates a continuous modification in the shape of towns and territories. This dynamic process is difficult to monitor. Watch how a clever system developed by the JRC, the Global Human Settlements Layer, can automatically monitor human presence from space.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

ELSA

Explore! our real-life European Structural Assessment Laboratory (ELSA) and navigate first-hand, inside. Did you know that the Eurocodes, for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works, depend on the work done here at this lab in Ispra?

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

EMSL

Explore! our real-life European Microwave Signature Laboratory (EMSL) and navigate first-hand, inside. This lab was originally designed to do radar measurements but, it has been successfully used in other fields like antenna measurements. At present we are mostly testing wireless communication systems.

Tsunami

How to alert in time and save lives? (Euronews - Futuris).

Is your house earthquake-proof?

There is no way of preventing or exactly predicting earthquakes so engineers and scientists are looking for new ways of designing safer buildings, bridges and other infrastructure. Find out what JRC researchers do at the European Laboratory of Structural Assessment (ELSA) testing how real structures react under earthquake conditions, using the so-called Reaction Wall. These tests help scientists to improve numerical models, design new solutions for the future and contribute to European guidelines and standards for the construction sector.

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Measurements matter!

We use measurements throughout our day and the JRC is often involved in those measurements – find out more!

Food safety

See how the JRC develops and produces certified reference materials or CRM's. This video talks, in particular, about CRM for the determination of mercury in fish.

Food authenticity

The example of olive oil. Learn how we work to regulate olive oil quality and better identify fraudulent manipulations.

Airport security

Find out more about how the JRC works to develop standards for European authorities responsible for airport security.

Ingrid Zegers, JRC scientist - Blood Tests Reference Standards

The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house science service, presents its Faces of Science series - showcasing the human face of the scientific advice supporting EU policy.

What is in my honey?

How can you be sure that what is written on the label of a jar of honey is really what is inside? Find out how JRC contributes to ensuring that labelling is correct.

Testing for allergens

The JRC helps to set standards for testing laboratories to make comparable measurements for allergens worldwide.