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Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (European Commission)

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The Joint Research Centre (JRC), is a Directorate-General of the European Commission under the responsibility of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science. The current JRC Director General is Dominique Ristori.

The JRC provides independent scientific and technical advice to the European Commission to support a wide range of EU policies. The JRC has seven scientific institutes, located at six different sites in Belgium (Brussels and Geel), Germany (Karlsruhe), Italy (Ispra), the Netherlands (Petten) and Spain (Seville), with a wide range of laboratories and unique research facilities. Its headquarters are located in Brussels.[1]


"As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners."[1]


The JRC has seven scientific institutes. The Institutes are:

  • Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM)
  • Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU)
  • Institute for Energy and Transport (IET)
  • Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC)
  • Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)
  • Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP)
  • Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)

The Directorate-General of the JRC is located in Brussels. The Scientific Policy and Stakeholder Relations Directorate and the Resources Directorate are based in Brussels and Geel, Belgium, and in Ispra, Italy. The Ispra site management (ISM) Directorate is responsible for the site management and for the nuclear decommissioning, safety, security and protection. The JRC Board of Governors assists and advices the JRC Director General on matters relating to the role and the scientific, technical and financial management of the JRC.


The Italian Centre in Ispra originally belonged to the


The JRC employs around 2750 staff from EU countries.[5] The recruitment of permanent scientific and administrative staff for the European Commission is organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) through open competitions. The JRC can also recruit individuals on a temporary basis under certain conditions.

JRC Events

The JRC site in Ispra regularly opens its doors to the public. The Open Day's programme allows visitors to see the JRC's laboratories. Latest JRC Open Days:

  • JRC Open Day 2013 (Saturday 4 May)
  • JRC Open Day 2011

Other JRC events are announced on the JRC website.

See also


External links

  • Joint Research Centre

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