The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is made up of 7 different institutes at 5 sites around Europe, each with its own area of expertise. The JRC is funded from the EU budget through the Framework Programmes. The mission of the JRC is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies. As a service of the European Commission, the JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the EU. The JRC institutes are key players in European research, and they have a major influence on the direction of EU research, the content of Work Programmes and the Calls for proposals. Furthermore, they are excellent partners for FP7 projects. Read the montly JRC Newsletter.
The JRC structure - 7 Institutes
IRMM - Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (Geel, Belgium)
ITU - Institute for Transuranium Elements (Karlsruhe, Germany)
IE - Institute for Energy (Petten, The Netherlands)
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 (Seville, Spain)
Practical aspects for collaboration between JRC and Switzerland
JRC promoting collaboration with Swiss research organisations.
JRC & Switzerland: Ongoing collaborations with over 40 Swiss institutions.
Examples of projects in the JRC
- Snow monitoring with the Lisa instrument in the Sion Valley (CH).
- Weather forecasts for extreme conditions: A European early-warning system.
- Europe-wide access to geo-data.
The JRC Publications Repository
The JRC Publications Repository is freely accessible online. The JRC launched the Internet version of its Publications Repository. Bibliographic data of almost 10'000 articles and papers representing a wealth of knowledge are now available to the public. In addition, more than 1'700 technical reports (EUR series) are freely available for download: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/
Interview with Swiss scientist working at JRC Ispra
JRC Official homepage
JRC open positions for visiting staff; note that these positions are adressed to EU nationals as well as nationals from FP7 associated countries such as Switzerland equally
Editorial on JRC in "Nature" journal of science
JRC Enlargement & Integration Action 2009: Training possibilities at JRC; opportunities for Seconded National Experts at JRC
Swiss Confederation extends collaboration with JRC on air pollution