Space Policy Launch covered by local media

Space Policy Launch covered by local media

JRC launches collaborative doctoral partnerships

JRC launches collaborative doctoral partnerships

The importance of science-based evidence for policy making is increasingly recognised by the decision makers and finds resonance in academia. To enhance the science-policy interface, the JRC is launching a new Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme in cooperation with universities from the EU Member States and countries associated to the EU Horizon 2020 research programme. The partnership will offer opportunities to a new generation of doctoral students, with particular focus on research for policy-making.

Through the CDP the JRC seeks to establish strategic collaborations with universities with international reputation in science and technology and participate in providing doctoral studies to a new generation of students. Participation in the scheme will allow acquiring sensitivity to the needs of the science-policy interface, ability to understand the research needs at different stages of the policy cycle, and acquire new skills in science communication.

In practical terms it will mean shared development of research programmes, hosting and supervising doctoral studies between universities and the JRC.

The partnerships should also lead to strengthened collaboration between the JRC and universities by promoting mutual enhancement of related skills and competences, combining knowledge, capacities, and networking in key scientific areas.

In the pilot phase of the project launched on 19 December 2016, six thematic areas will be fostered: energy and transport modelling, soil and land use change, bio-economy and forests, machine learning, genomics and bioinformatics, and nuclear decommissioning and waste management.

Further information on application details is available on the CDP webpage. Deadline for application is 15 March 2017.


Collaborative Doctoral Partnership:

Dialogue/Consultation on the draft “National Space Policy” – 2nd November 2016

Dialogue/Consultation on the draft “National Space Policy” – 2nd November 2016

The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is currently drafting the National Space Policy for Malta.

As part of the process, we are organising a dialogue/consultation session on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 starting at 10:00am, at our offices in Villa Bighi, Kalkara.

We have the pleasure to invite you/your institution to attend and provide your valuable contribution. Kindly find attached the official invite and the relevant registration form, which is to be sent to by not later than Friday 28th October 2016.


Invitation Consultation National Space Policy

Registration Form

EURAXESS Flash Note – Postdoctoral Fellowships and Funding Opportunities

EURAXESS Flash Note – Postdoctoral Fellowships and Funding Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in Europe – MSCA Individual Fellowships. Call Opens 12 April 2016. ASEAN researchers are eligible. 

More information on the Fellowships and the information session:


Advancing your Research Career: Funding and Fellowship Opportunities Open to ASEAN Researchers. Workshops in Hanoi, Vietnam on May 11, and in Bangkok, Thailand on May 13. 

Details and registration for the Hanoi workshop: 

and for the Bangkok workshop


UK Wellcome Trust – Intermediate Fellowships in PublicHealth and Tropical Medicine. Open to low and middle-income countries.

For more information:


France – Research Fellowships in Agriculture, Food, Nutrition, Environment, Animal health and

Veterinary Public Health. Open to Researchers from ASEAN Deadline is 29 April, 2016

For more information:  



Call for Expression of Interest for mutual application under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship scheme

Call for Expression of Interest for mutual application under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship scheme

University of Ljubljana (UL) as the host organization is searching for a top-class experienced researcher of any nationality interested in developing collaborative MSCA IF application for the following EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 actions: 

•Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships – European (MSCA-IF-2016-EF)

•Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships – Global (MSCA-IF-2016-GF) 

Further information about the scheme: H2020-MSCA-IF-2016 

The goal of MSCA IF is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers (post-doctoral or with 4 years of equivalent research experience) wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. The researcher and supervisor from UL will develop the project proposal jointly. The project proposals will be submitted by UL as the host organization. 

Professors of University of Ljubljana are looking for experienced researchers interested to develop a project proposal under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF) scheme in the field of: 

      Physical Metallurgy (Prof. Boštjan Markoli) 

      Biomedical Engineering (Prof. Damjan Miklavcic) 

      Computer Vision and Cognitive Robotics (Prof. Daniel Skocaj) 

      Communications and Computer Networks (Prof. Fabio Ricciato) 

      Social Studies of Science and Technology (Prof. Franc Mali) 

      Modelling, Identification, Optimization (Prof. Igor Škrjanc) 

      Bioinorganic Medicinal Chemistry (Prof. Iztok Turel) 

      Operational Strength (Prof. Jernej Klemenc) 

      Robotics (Prof. Marko Munih) 

      Wood Science and Technology (Prof. Marko Petric) 

      Architecture and town planning, urbanism (Prof. Matevž Juvancic) 

      Computational Biology (Prof. Miha Moškon) 

      Computational Biology (Prof. Miha Mraz) 

      Theoretical Computer Science (Prof.Sergio Cabello) 

      Energy & energy storage technologies (Prof. Uroš Stritih) 

      Mobile Computing (Prof. Veljko Pejovic) 

      Marketing (Prof. Vesna Žabkar) 

      Social science research methods (Prof. Vasja Vehovar) 

      Biochemistry and molecular biology(Prof. Damjana Rozman) 


For more information about University of Ljubljana and potential supervisors please visit our website: ULMSCA 

Researchers who wish to cooperate with UL for the submission of a project proposal under the aforementioned Actions should check that they fulfil the respective H2020 MSCA IF eligibility criteria and then send an expression of interest, consisting of a CV and a two-page summary presentation of their research proposal no later than 18 March 2016, by email to: with the following reference: “MSCA prof. name“. Proposals will be pre-selected based on internal evaluation and the availability of suitable supervision. Candidates will be informed of the results of the pre-selection by 25 March 2016. Selected candidates will be invited to meet the supervisor and visit the research environment of the university within the 2-day MSCA-IF proposal writing workshop in Ljubljana organised by the UL at the beginning of June 2016. 

What’s new on the JRC Science Hub Website?

What’s new on the JRC Science Hub Website?

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Nano in food and agriculture: regulations require collaboration to ensure safety

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Fighting customs fraud: JRC research leads to new legislation

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Cambridge University and JRC join efforts on better use of evidence for policy making

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