The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
In this section, you can learn more about the JRC's role, how it is structured, its resources and the people that make it work. You'll also find contact details and information about where we are located across the EU.
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Via Enrico Fermi 2749, I - 21027 Ispra (VA), Italia Main switchboard: +39 0332 789 111 Contact
The Ispra site, the third biggest Commission site after Brussels and Luxembourg, covers an area of 167 hectares with ca 138 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.
Ispra, located in the province of Varese in the Lombardy region, is a small town on the shore of Lake Maggiore. The nearest big city is Milan at some 60 km south-east of Ispra with a population of 1.3 million (4 million when including the urban area around the city).
Other airports which may be of use are Lugano (Agno) in Southern Switzerland, or Turin, Genoa and Orio al Serio (Bergamo) in Northern Italy.
Entrance and daily permit
In order to enter the site, visitors should have a daily permit. Daily permits are issued following prior request by a JRC staff member and registration of the visitors in a security information system managing the workflow of daily permit requests.
Visitors entering also have to register any vehicle they use to enter the site.
Please read the Privacy Statement concerning collection of personal data from visitors.
A special entrance procedure is in place to facilitate the registration and entry on-site of big groups.
For questions concerning your arrival at the JRC and in Italy, please contact the Welcome Desk: