31 Mar 2016

The digital market for local services: A one-night stand for workers? An example from the on-demand economy

A study contracted by the EU Policy Lab in the context of the project A vision for the 'sharing economy' By Willem Pieter de Groen, Ilaria Maselli and Brian Fabo from the Centre for European Policy Studies Despite growing numbers of workers who use online platforms to be "matched" with people and businesses who pay for their services, there is a lack of evidence about the scale and the employment impacts of this so called "on-demand"

18 Mar 2016

Do-It-Yourself: Exploring the potential of Fab Labs – 8th April @JRC

On April 8th, the JRC will host a half-day workshop to discuss the potential of unconventional spaces such as Fab Labs for science and technology by other means. Presentations will be complemented by projects' demos, where attendees will be invited to engage in hands-on experiments on environmental and bio-oriented bottom-up innovations with origin in a Fab Lab space. Smart Citizen Lab participantsCredit: Waag Society (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) The call by the European Commission President Juncker

17 Mar 2016

From Quality Challenges in Scientific Research and Advice to the Production of Science and Technology by Other Means

Following previous initiatives in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS), the Joint Research Centre organized a workshop in Ispra, on the 3rd and 4th of March, dedicated to the current challenges of quality assurance in scientific production, application and advice, in a time where issues such as legitimacy seem to be increasingly in question considering established scientific models and their social roles. The event was widely attended with participants from research and academia,

14 Mar 2016

The JRC is making available its serious board game the ‘Scenario Exploration System’

Are you interested in learning how to use the JRC Scenario Exploration System (SES)? We have just launched a call for expression of interest, in order to make the SES available to a wider public. In case you are a non-profit entity who is looking for new ways to foster future literacy, stimulate learning and productive stakeholder engagement, find out more about the call. The board game and the associated training are available free of charge for