In January 2016, JRC-ITU hosted 15 participants for a Radiological Crime Scene Management training programme.
The European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency took steps to strengthen their cooperation in a range of nuclear activities including sustainable development.
The Border Monitoring Working Group (BMWG - JRC-IAEA-USA Nuclear Security Collaboration) celebrated its 10 years anniversary on the 2nd-3rd of December in Brussels hosted by the European Commission Joint Research Centre.
In the run-up to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, the JRC and the US Department of State (DoS) will be co-hosting the 2016 Counter Nuclear Smuggling (CNS) Workshop in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Scientists from the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) re-characterised and issued new certificates for the entire series of uranium hexafluoride certified reference materials (IRMM-019 to IRMM-029). These CRMs represent a unique set of reference materials to be used in process control, nuclear material accountancy and safeguards verification measurements in enrichment plants
The JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) jointly organised with the JRC-Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) an inter-laboratory comparison (REIMEP-17) on the analysis of uranium and plutonium in synthetic dissolved spent nuclear fuel solution . The results demonstrated not only a satisfactory measurement capability of the participating laboratories but also the applicability of the target values for measurement uncertainties in safeguarding nuclear materials.
From the 27th June as part of the 300th Birthday of the City of Karlsruhe, EFFEKTE 2015 transforms the palace (schloss) gardens of Karlsruhe into a huge science experience where visitors can enjoy live experiments, demonstrations, science shows and a varied stage program. Taking part in the festival will be a variety of scientific institutions, municipal buildings, cultural institutions and retail stores hosting various events on the subject of science and research.
The international community, acknowledging the growing concern for the security of nuclear and radioactive materials in an environment with increased terrorist threats and expanding trade, is deploying a large effort in developing, enhancing and upgrading their prevention, detection and response capabilities.
An important part of safeguards inspections is physical verification measurements at nuclear facilities. In this respect, JRC-IRMM supports these measurements i.e. through reference materials.
This is the 20th annual meeting of the ITWG. The working group was established in response to illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials in Europe in the early 1990s. Since then, experts from more than 50 countries have participated in ITWG activities and supported the development and application of forensics techniques to illicit uses of nuclear and other radioactive material.