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Centre for Advanced Studies

Our Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) aims to enhance our capabilities to better understand and address complex and long-term societal challenges facing the EU.

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In brief

CAS establishes strategic contacts with leading scientists and institutions. Together, JRC and external scientists, research in areas that could become relevant for policy making in the coming 3 to 5 years.

This close relationship provides access to exceptional research capacity and knowledge. The results of this collaboration forms part of the JRC’s knowledge base.

In particular, CAS

  • brings together JRC and external scientists and researchers in a single unit.
  • addresses specific cross disciplinary research topics with a longer term perspective on EU policy.
  • promotes and develops research collaboration with top universities and institutes worldwide.

CAS is made up of two work streams:

  • CAS projects and
  • Megatrends lecture series.

Our latest brochure describes CAS in more detail.


CAS projects

CAS research projects explore new ideas in emerging scientific fields that could become relevant for policy making.

  • The focus lies on the future societal, economic and technological challenges facing the EU.
  • Previous CAS projects have examined issues on migration and the EU’s future demographic challenges.
  • Ongoing projects encompass studies on big data and digital transformation.

To tackle such challenges, teams link up their work within the CAS and to one or more JRC units.

The projects last up to 3 years. After two years, projects are reviewed and established if they will become part of the JRC’s core research activities.


Megatrends lecture series

The Megatrends lecture series created a platform for internationally recognised speakers. It allowed them to talk with policy makers and stakeholders about the future of the EU to stimulate forward looking thinking. Past topics have included:

  • Megatrends, by Professor Ian Goldin
  • Migration, by Gregory Maniatis of the Open Society
  • Disruptive innovation by Micheal O'Leary



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