The University of Birmingham has signed a collaboration agreement with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Brussels.

The JRC is the in-house science service of the European Commission and provides policies with independent, evidence based scientific and technical support for the European Union. It has contributed research to policy on secure energy supplies, consumer health and safety and sustainable mobility.

The agreement will bring considerable benefits for the University, including an increased research power, the capacity to shape future research, policy and programmes at a European and international level. The agreement will also accelerate the University’s engagement in established and new European and international research initiatives.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood attended the signing ceremony along with the JRC’s Director General Vladimir Sucha. The agreement will promote mutually-beneficial scientific collaboration opportunities for Birmingham researchers. Ten thematic priorities have so far been identified which include a focus on energy, climate change and healthy ageing.

Sally Wiley, Research Development Officer at the University of Birmingham’s Research and Innovation Services said: “It has been extremely rewarding for the University to have been part of this relationship building exercise at European level, through identifying initial collaboration opportunities to now shaping future research programmes. The following years are going to be very exciting!”

For further information please contact Faye Jackson in the University of Birmingham press office on +44 (0)121 414 6029