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IPTS and the JRC

The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)

The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) is one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

IPTS is located in Seville, Spain. Since 1994, IPTS promotes and enables a better understanding of the links between technology, economy and society. The mission of IPTS is to provide customer-driven support to the EU policy-making process by researching science-based responses to policy challenges that have both a socio-economic and a scientific or technological dimension. The Institute's activities mainly contribute to the conception and development of EU policies, but some IPTS projects also support the monitoring and implementation phases of the policy cycle.

The work undertaken by IPTS is mainly done at the request of other Directorates General of the European Commission. In addition in recent years several assignments have been carried out for the European Parliament.

IPTS collaborates closely with the other Institutes of the Joint Research Centre and multiple partners across Europe.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC)

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a Directorate-General of the European Commission. Its mission is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, implementation and monitoring of European Union policies. As a service of the European Commission, the JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Community. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests, whether private or national. The JRC has seven scientific institutes, located at five different sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, with a wide range of laboratories and unique research facilities.