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Scientific basis for EU policies lecture

Scientific basis for EU policies lecture

Mr Barry McSweeney Director General, Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission will deliver a lecture entitled: "Scientific basis of Community Policies - Role of the Joint Research Centre" on Friday, 9 May at 2.30 pm, LG 17, Law Faculty, West Road, Cambridge.

Mr McSweeney is responsible for ensuring that the EU's legislation is properly scientifically advised. The talk will be highly interactive, with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. There are two main areas of potential common interest that brings him to Cambridge:

The JRC has just completed work on a massive new package of chemical legislation. Forthcoming major focus areas, dominated by the themes of environment and health, include genetics/genomics and food. Anyone who might be interested in scientific aspects of European Legislation, and its creation, should be interested to attend.

The JRC has tremendous opportunities for professionals and students with hard science and social science backgrounds to spend up to three years working for the Centre.

The mission of the JRC is to provide scientific and technological support to Community Policies. It is very active in policy areas relating to food and chemicals, environment, and nuclear safety and security. It functions as a Directorate General of the European Commission but is in effect a Europe-wide research based organisation. It generates its knowledge from its seven research institutes and its 2000 network partners.

For further information about Mr McSweeney's visit, please contact Julie Durrant in the Pro-Vice-Chancellors' Office on ext. 65692, or email:

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