JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Networks & bureaus

To meet its objectives and deliver high-quality scientific support and results, the JRC has developed lasting partnerships with external entities sharing a common interest in specific research areas. This collaboration is essential for the JRC's work on harmonisation and validation of methods and measurements, establishing common standards, and providing scientific and technical support for the implementation of European legislation.

JRC's networking activities also respond to European policy makers' and EU Member States' increasing demands to establish common scientific reference systems. The JRC collaborates with hundreds of partner organisations in scientific networks worldwide, covering a broad range of fields from climate change and air quality to environmental monitoring of radioactivity and food contact materials.

The Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC) aims at enhancing the EU and Member States resilience to disasters and their capacity to prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies through a strengthened interface between science and policy.

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DRMKC

The European Research for Mobile Emission Sources (ERMES) is a group of research institutions, competent authorities, industry associations, whose mission includes the support of cooperative research in the field of transport emission modelling.

 

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ERMES

JRC is co-charing together with Emisia (http://www.emisia.com) and the I.S.P.R.A. (http://www.isprambiente.gov.it/it) the Expert Panel on Transport of the Task Force on Emission Inventories and Projections (TFEIP). The TFEIP operates under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. It supports Parties in the reporting of official air pollutant emissions and projections data to the Convention.

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TFEIP

Nuclear Generation II&III Association (NUGENIA)

Description: NUGENIA is an international non-profit making association, established in 2011 under Belgian law to promote research & development of nuclear power reactors of the 2nd and 3rd generation. NUGENIA has its headquarter in Brussels and has 92 member organisations (status June 2014).

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NUGENIA

Network on Neutron Techniques Standardization for Structural Integrity (NeT)

Jipsy Reference no. : 30371

Involved JRC Institutes: IET

Legal Basis: Euratom Framework Programme

Description: NeT supports progress towards improved performance and safety of European Nuclear Energy production systems through the development of best practices for numerical simulation and experimental assessment of welds relevant to NPP components. NeT brings together industrial partners, research institutes, including several European neutron facilities, and universities. Around 35 organizations from 10 European countries and from Australia, Korea and Japan actively contribute to the work.

The objectives of the network are pursued through comprehensive and very well defined experimental and numerical round robin exercises performed on selected model cases of fusion welds in materials for nuclear power applications. The work of NeT is organized in Task Groups. Work in Task Groups that are still active address different types of welds in austenitic stainless steel, low alloy ferritic steel, and aluminium and nickel base alloys.

 

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NeT

European Clearinghouse for Operating Experience (OE) of Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) (CLEARINGHOUSE)

The Clearinghouse is a network which has been established in 2008 to enhance nuclear safety through improvement of the use of lessons learned from Operating Experience. The Clearinghouse is mainly composed of nuclear safety regulatory authorities and their Technical Support Organizations in Europe.

EERA Joint Programme Nuclear Materials (JPNM)

The objective of this EERA JP - Nuclear Materials is to identify key priority topics and funding opportunities with the purpose of supporting in an efficient way the development and optimisation of a sustainable nuclear energy. The goals and the timescale of the EERA JPNM have been defined in order to support the development of innovative fast neutron and nuclear waste transmutation systems. This allows the fuel cycle to be closed and the energy output from the fuel to be substantially increased, while improving the management of high level radioactive waste through transmutation processes. The operating conditions envisaged for those new systems are demanding and will impact the performance of the structural and clad materials, meaning that the safety and the feasibility of most of the nuclear reactor concepts will depend crucially on the nuclear materials.

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JPNM

The network will collect, analyse and review results from exploration projects as well as to assess the development of technologies used in unconventional gas and oil projects.

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UH Network

European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) is comprised of European organisations that are actively involved in the Research and Development of Nuclear Safeguards. The main objective is to assist the European safeguards community with the advancement of safeguards, enhancing the efficiency of systems and measures, as well as investigating how new techniques can be developed and implemented.

ESARDA also endeavours to fulfil an educational role and to reach the general public and in particular, those interested in safeguards.

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ESARDA

The European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP) aims at providing a framework within which experimental facilities and laboratories will share knowledge and expertise in order to harmonise test protocols throughout Europe, leading to better protection of critical infrastructures against all types of threats and hazards and to the creation of a single market for security solutions.

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ERNCIP

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