Examples of collaboration Fostering better measurement science in chemistry The University of Tartu offers a high quality master programme in applied measurement science (in English) and attracts students from across the world. Measurement Science in Chemistry is a master's degree programme jointly delivered by a consortium of nine universities, with the JRC acting as mentor. It offers education in measurement science which is needed to obtain reliable results for chemical and bio-analytical measurements. The consortium was awarded the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTNA) Euromaster® quality label in 2008. Between 2008 and 2010, the University of Tartu acted as coordinator of the Euromaster consortium. Today, the University of Tartu offers a high quality master programme in applied measurement science (in English) and attracts students from across the world. In 2011, the University of Tartu organised, in collaboration with the JRC, the Euromaster Measurement Science in Chemistry annual Summer school. The event, which took place in Lepanina, Estonia, brought together 30 students and delivered intensive training courses covering advanced topics of measurement science in chemistry. Estonia and its collaboration with the European Commission’s in-house science service, Joint Research Centre As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC)'s mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. The European Network of GMO Laboratories The JRC has been nominated as the European Union Reference Laboratory on Genetically Modified Food and Feed (EU-RL GMFF). Specifically, the JRC is responsible for the EU validation of GMO detection methods, which is part of the EU regulatory approval process for GMOs. The JRC is assisted by the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL), in which the Estonian Research Institute of Agriculture in Saku and the National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics in Tallinn participate. The ENGL is a unique network of experts on GMO analysis and includes about 100 laboratories from the 27 EU Member States as well as Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. 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 knowhow with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. Supporting the development and implementation of pollution legislation Key priorities Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) © A.Brink The Estonian Environmental Research Centre in Tallinn has supported the harmonisation activities of the JRC through successful participation in various quality assurance programmes for gaseous and particulate air pollutants over the past few years. Contact the JRC European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) External Communication Unit CDMA 04/168 B-1049 Brussels Belgium Tel: +32 2 29 74181 Web: http://www.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ Contact: http://www.jrc.ec.europa.eu/contact National Contact Point Katrin Kalla Ministry of Education and Research Munga Street 18 50088 Tartu Estonia Tel: +372 735 0228 Web: http://www.hm.ee Email: [email protected] SPB.05.177 © European Union 2012 - 10-2012 The Joint Research Centre operates the "European Reference Laboratory for Air Pollution (ERLAP)" at its premises in Ispra. The laboratory's activities are mainly dedicated to supporting the development of new air pollution legislation and supporting Member States and Accession Countries in the proper implementation of existing legislation. Within this context the Estonian Environmental Research Centre in Tallinn has supported the harmonisation activities of the JRC through successful participation in various quality assurance programmes for gaseous and particulate air pollutants over the past few years. The institute is also actively contributing to the national Air Quality Reference Laboratories (AQUILA) network, accountable for issues such as implementation and metrology of air pollution measurements. Internal market: growth, jobs and innovation Low-carbon economy and resource efficiency (environment, climate change, energy, transport) Agriculture and global food security Public health, safety and security Nuclear safety and security •• 2 800 personnel •• 7 scientific Institutes •• 5 sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Examples of JRC partners in Estonia National authorities and laboratories Across Europe, the JRC has built up successful partnerships with a large number of public and private organisations under the EU Research Framework Programmes. The JRC collaborates with its Estonian partners on: Framework Programme projects Collaboration agreements 11 6 Scientific networks 22 Together they work in a wide range of areas including air quality, biodiversity, climate change science, freshwater research, land use, landscape science and rural development, early warning systems, spatial information infrastructure, radiological information exchange, early warning systems, nuclear energy training programmes, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), nanoparticles, and metrology in chemistry. Joint Research Centre •Agricultural Research Centre, Estonian Ministry of Agriculture •Central Laboratory of Chemistry •Chemicals Notification Centre •Estonian Environmental Research Centre •Estonian Ministry of Health •Estonian Ministry of the Environment •Estonian Radiation Protection Centre •Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics Academia •Estonian University of Life Sciences •Tallinn University of Technology •University of Tartu Business •Quretec •Regio The Joint Research Centre and Estonia JRC collaboration with Estonian research organisations – examples Framework Programme projects The JRC is involved in more than 140 collaborative research projects and networks under Europe’s Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7). This enables the JRC to form partnerships with major European and international research players. Project activities may involve work carried out at JRC facilities which results in increased access to and use of the JRC’s specialised infrastructures and databases by scientists and researchers. Some examples of Framework programme projects which involve Estonian partners are: Detection of endpoints and biomarkers of repeated dose toxicity (DETECTIVE) •• Quretec, Tartu This network creates a screening procedure to identify and investigate human biomarkers in cellular models of long-term toxicity in human target cells. Mediterranean and the Black Sea. This project will build on existing capacities to develop new approaches that support coastal and maritime policy. Climate change and European freshwater ecosystems (REFRESH) •• Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu The project consists of a process-based evaluation of the specific adaptive measures that might be taken to minimise the consequences of climate change on freshwater quantity, quality and biodiversity. SeaDataNet II: Pan-European infrastructure for ocean and marine data management (SEADATANET II) •• Tallinn University of Technology The overall objective of this project is to upgrade the present infrastructure into an operationally robust system and one for providing up-to-date and high quality access to ocean and marine metadata, data and data products. Scientific networks Quantification of ecological services for sustainable agriculture (QUESSA) •• Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu The project aims to identify the key semi-natural habitats (SNH) and on-farm biodiversity that optimise ecological services. The results are designed to inform local, national and EU stakeholders on how to improve the ecological services from SNH and include a novel web-based tool. Graduate and Executive Nuclear Training and Lifelong Education (GENTLE) •• University of Tartu GENTLE brings together leading European academic and research institutions as well as industry stakeholders in a pan-European effort towards education and training (E&T) on nuclear energy. The project is aimed at students through research and practical experience in nuclear energy laboratories, and to young professionals through an executive masters course. Development of reference methods for hazard identification, risk assessment and Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) of engineered nanomaterials (NANOVALID) •• National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Tallinn This project aims to address the risks of engineered nanomaterials on humans and the environment by bringing together international scientific knowledge and expertise. Integrated Coastal Zone Management (PEGASO) •• AIREL, Tartu Supports the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in the The JRC collaborates with over 650 partner organisations in around 60 scientific networks worldwide which share a common interest in specific research areas. This collaboration is essential for the JRC’s work on harmonising and validating methods and measurements, establishing common standards, and providing scientific and technical support for the implementation of EU legislation. Some examples of scientific networks which involve Estonian partners are: Metrology in chemistry for academia (AcadeMIC) •• University of Tartu This forum fosters the advancement of education in in metrology in chemistry and related topics addressed in the standard ISO/ IEC-17025. Air Quality Reference Laboratories (AQUILA) •• Estonian Environmental Research Centre, Tallinn A network of Air Quality Reference Laboratories which carries out quality assurance programmes with the participation of National Air Quality Reference Laboratories in Member States. Combustion and Industry Expert Panel (C&I) •• Estonian Ministry of the Environment, Tallinn This is a panel responsible for the chapters on the Atmospheric Emissions Inventory Guidebook which deals with combustion and industrial activities. The Panel works under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe and its Task Force on Emission Inventories and Projections. The information contained in this leaflet is correct at the time of compilation but may be subject to change. European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL) •• Agricultural Research Centre, Estonian Ministry of Agriculture •• National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Tallinn This network solves the technical and analytical problems which laboratories face in food and the environment. It aims to harmonise Member State approaches in relation to genetically modified organisms. EU National Coordinators for Testing Methods (EU NCTM) •• Chemicals Notification Centre, Tallinn In order to ensure a harmonisation of test methods in as wide an international context as possible, according to the principle of Mutual Acceptance of Data, the European Commission participates in the OECD Test Guidelines Programme. European Network of Freshwater Research Organisations (EurAqua) •• Tallinn University of Technology A network for the development of European freshwater science and its dissemination on a European level which provides significant input to the scientific basis of European water management. Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) •• Estonian Land Board, Tallinn •• Estonian Ministry of the Environment, Tallinn This infrastructure facilitates the sharing of spatial information between Member States on the environment or on activities that may have a direct or indirect impact on the environment. European Research Network for Sustainable Development of Multifunctional Landscape (Landscape Tomorrow) •• University of Tartu •• Tallinn University of Technology A European research network which brings together the European expertise in the field of land use, landscape science and rural development. Official European Reference Laboratory (EURL) - National Reference Laboratory (NRL) Network on Food Contact Materials •• Central Laboratory of Chemistry, Tallinn This is the official network of national reference laboratories which have been nominated by their competent authorities to support the European Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials. Technical meeting on biocidal substances (TM Biocides) •• Chemicals Notification Centre, Tallinn The biocides work area provides technical and scientific support to national authorities and the European Commission for the approval of active substances in biocidal products. European Community Urgent Radiological Information Exchange (REM-ECURIE) •• Estonian Radiation Protection Centre, Tallinn This information exchange system was set up to allow for the early notification and exchange of information in the event of a radiological or nuclear emergency. Radioactivity environmental monitoring data bank (REM-REMdb) •• Estonian Radiation Protection Centre, Tallinn A data bank for information provided by Member States on levels of radioactive contamination of the various compartments of the environment (air, water, soil) which is used to produce annual monitoring reports. Collaboration agreements The JRC has around 200 operational collaboration agreements and Memoranda of Understanding with public and private research organisations, universities, and national and international bodies. The majority of these agreements concern joint research, information sharing and the exchange of personnel. Some examples of collaboration agreements with Estonian partners are: Training in Metrology in Chemistry (TrainMiC) •• University of Tartu European programme for life-long learning and training of practitioners of chemical measurements in metrology in chemistry, related to the metrological requirements of ISO/IEC-17025 for chemical and bio-analytical measurements in many different sectors. Collaboration agreement on nuclear emergency information •• Estonian Radiation Protection Centre, Tallinn Nuclear emergency information exchange with EU Member States under Council Decision 87/600/Euratom. Collaboration agreement on the Euraqua Network of European Freshwater Research Organisations •• Tallinn University of Technology This collaboration agreement relates to the Estonian participation in the Euraqua network which aims to foster the development of European freshwater science.