About the JRC Ispra site
Facts & figures
The Ispra Site, the third biggest Commission site after Brussels and Luxembourg, covers an area of 167 hectares with ca 138 heated buildings hosting ca 1 850 staff.
After more than 50 years of development, Ispra is firmly established as one of Europe's leading research campuses. Nested in the beautiful setting of the Italian lakes, Ispra provides a fascinating, multicultural working environment for people from all over Europe and beyond.
The Italian Centre in Ispra originally belonged to the Comitato Nazionale per l'Energie Nucleare (CNEN) and was officially transferred to the Community on March 1, 1961.
Since 1973, non-nuclear research evolved rapidly, especially in topics related to safety and the environment. In 1992, the results of a study led to a proposal to convert the JRC Ispra site into an environmentally-optimised model site – the "ECO Centre".
At the beginning of the 1980's re-examination of the mandate and evaluation of the activities of the JRC began. Future activities were to continue to support the Commission's implementations of Community policies. After 16 years of research, the nuclear reactor at JRC Ispra was shut down in 1983.
At the beginning of the 1990's, the JRC started a fundamental transformation. In 1994, a master plan was developed for progressive long-term remedial action, remodelling the JRC Ispra site in an ecologically and esthetically sensitive, yet economically feasible, fashion.
The Ispra Site hosts the following JRC scientific institutes...
- Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)
- Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP)
- Institute for Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC)
- Parts of the Institute for Energy and Transport (IET)
- Parts of the Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU)
...as well as the following services:
- The JRC Ispra Site Management Directorate (ISM)
- The Ispra-based parts of JRC multi-site, corporate services
- Unit OS.3 of the Brussels' Office for Infrastructure and logistics (OIB), running the social infrastructures in Ispra
- Directorate-General Human Resources unit C.5, running the medical service in Ispra
- The Ispra unit of the European Commission's Paymaster Office (PMO)
- A subsidiary of the Italian National agency for new technologies, Energy and sustainable economic development (ENEA)
- Italian police ("Nucleo Carabinieri Ispra"), Italian Customs officers, as well as service outlets in support of JRC services and/or for the convenience of staff: bank, post office, travel agency.