The European Commission's Joint Research Centre
The Joint Research Centre (JRC), a Directorate General of the European Commission, is a reference centre for science and technology in the European Union. The JRC supports the European Union from the scientific point of view when new legislation is conceived, developed, and finally implemented and monitored in the Member States. The JRC consists of 7 Institutes in 5 Member States of the European Union (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain). The presentation will briefly cover the European Union legislative cycle and the scientific support needed for it. Further, it will cover the JRC scientific activities by presenting examples also of relevance to the USA and US information scientists.
Doris Florian is Head of the Institute Development and Programme Management Unit at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. She is in charge of strategy development and programme management, public relations, training of staff and the library and information center. Formerly working for Joanneum Research, Graz, Austria, Doris Florian was Visiting Scholar here in the School of Information in the mid and late 1980s.