Joint Research Centre

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. The JRC is a Directorate-General of the European Commission under the responsibility of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.[1] The current Director General of the JRC is Stephen Quest, who took office on 01/05/2020, succeeding Vladimír Šucha.[2] Its Board of Governors assists and advises the Director-General on matters relating to the role and the scientific, technical and financial management of the JRC.

The logo of the JRC.

Composed of strategy and coordination, knowledge production, knowledge management and support directorates, the JRC is spread across six sites in five EU countries: in Belgium (Brussels and Geel), Germany (Karlsruhe), Italy (Ispra), the Netherlands (Petten), and Spain (Seville). Their responsibilities are:

  • to create, manage and make sense of knowledge to support European policies with independent evidence
  • to develop innovative tools and make them available to policy makers
  • to anticipate emerging issues that need to be addressed at EU level and understand policy environments
  • to share know-how with EU countries, the scientific community and international partners
  • to contributes to the overall objective of Horizon 2020
  • to conduct Euratom-funded research on nuclear safety and security to contribute to the transition to a carbon-free economy.[1]