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Knowledge & competence centres

In the scientific world, as the flood of knowledge increases, there is a greater need for reviewing and analysing knowledge.

We in the JRC coordinate knowledge services (knowledge and competence centres) to

  • process science-based evidence.
  • inform policy-makers.
  • provide tools and services for all EU policy areas.

Knowledge for Policy (K4P)

We manage the European Commission's Knowledge4Policy (K4P) platform with the ambition to provide our knowledge in one single database.

Visiting K4P, you need no longer search multiple websites to find the knowledge you need.

JRC knowledge services, knowledge centres and competence centres are represented on K4P to support evidence-based policymaking: bridging the world of

  • policymakers — who ideally develop public policy based on sound scientific evidence — and
  • scientists who develop that evidence in the first place.

Find out more on K4P.

Knowledge centres

These are virtual entities, bringing together experts and knowledge from different locations inside and outside the European Commission. Their job is to inform policy-makers in a transparent, tailored and concise manner about the status and findings of the latest scientific evidence. They are designed to be a 'one-stop-shop' in their respective areas, and include communities of practice.

Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity

Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy

Knowledge Centre on Cancer

Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre

Knowledge Centre on Earth Observation

Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality

Knowledge Centre for Global Food and Nutrition Security

Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography

Knowledge Centre for Territorial Policies

Competence centres

These are centred on analytical tools which can be applied to any policy area, bringing together in one place extensive expertise in this field. They offer training courses in the use of the tools for policy-making, advise on the choice of tools and also work directly with the Commission policy Directorates-General to apply the tools to the policy problems in hand.

Competence Centre on Behavioural Insights

Competence Centre on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards

Competence Centre on Foresight

Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation

Competence Centre on Modelling

Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy

Competence Centre on Technology Transfer

Competence Centre on Text Mining and Analysis

Knowledge services

AI Watch

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Knowledge Gateway

Evidence-Informed Policy Making