JRC News

  1. 9 Mar 2015

    The JRC's European radiological data exchange platform (EURDEP) makes radiological monitoring data widely available from most European countries in nearly real-time. This year, the tool celebrates 20 years of service, and features new developments. A new feature allows interactive maps to be produced, displaying public EURDEP data in a simple, intuitive and attractive way.

  2. 12 Jun 2014

    Regional Experts Meeting on Non-proliferation Nuclear Forensics held in Hanoi 3-5 June 2014.

    The meeting on enhancing nuclear forensic capabilities in the South East Asian region, was hosted in Vietnam, co-organized by JRC-ITU.

  3. 13 Feb 2014

    A counter nuclear smuggling workshop, co-hosted by the Institute for Transuranium Elements of the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the United States of America, took place on 11-13 February. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Incident and Trafficking Database (ITDB) indicates that nuclear and radioactive materials continue to be encountered out of regulatory control.

  4. 26 Aug 2013

    The EU Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence (CoE) initiative inaugurated its Regional Secretariats for the Middle East and for South East Europe, Southern Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine this summer. The Secretariats will facilitate information sharing, CBRN need assessment in the partner countries and implementation and monitoring of projects in these regions. In addition, it will promote the regional visibility of the initiative as well as facilitate coordination of CoE activities.

  5. 19 Sep 2012

    The JRC as technology provider contributes to the Integrated Mobile Security Kit (IMSK) project with the 3D technologies for change detection and situational awareness. These systems are based on the technologies that JRC has developed for nuclear safeguards applications and were further adapted to the specific requirements of the IMSK project.

  6. 13 Oct 2011

    On 13 October the European Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) celebrated 30 years of cooperation in the safeguarding of nuclear materials and facilities. The anniversary was marked by an event at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna. The JRC has provided scientific and technical support to the work of IAEA since 1981, with over 100 scientists and technicians working on more than 25 projects.

  7. 10 Jun 2011

    The JRC's Institute for Transuranium elements (ITU) and DG Energy's Nuclear Safeguards Directorate have published a report about the work performed at the on site laboratories (OSL) of the two largest nuclear sites within the EU: La Hague in France and Sellafield in the United Kingdom.

  8. 19 Feb 2010

    To further strengthen its activities in the detection of single uranium particles, the JRC and Euratom Safeguards have decided to jointly establish a high-sensitivity particle analysis laboratory. The new laboratory's core facility will be a large geometry secondary ion mass spectrometer (LG-SIMS) for trace analysis of aerosol particles. It will allow the detection speed and sensitivity of nuclear material to be increased by at least a factor of ten. The minor isotopes of uranium will become accessible, which is important for identifying the source of the material.

    The European Commission's JRC is among the few laboratories in the world that can provide the highly specialised analytical methods and techniques needed for nuclear safeguards and forensics purposes. In Karlsruhe, Germany, the JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements (JRC-ITU) supports Euratom Safeguards. Its mission is to ensure that within the EU, nuclear material is not diverted from its intended use and that safeguarding obligations agreed with third parties are complied with.

    Nuclear safeguards also include environmental sampling to verify the absence of undeclared nuclear activities. The JRC provides the safeguards authorities with experimental evidence by analysing micron-sized particles in dust material, thus enabling the detection of a single uranium particle among millions of ordinary dust particles.

    Preventing the spread of nuclear weapon technology and illicit trafficking of nuclear materials that can be used for the production of nuclear weapons, or so-called dirty bombs, is a key issue today. Illicit trafficking of nuclear material demands a qualified and comprehensive response. The JRC has been playing an active role in enhancing the European Union (EU) member states' capabilities to combat illicit trafficking for many years. An extensive training programme was developed covering all aspects of the entire response process, from the development of a national response plan to nuclear forensic analysis with advanced analytical techniques.

    The JRC's capabilities in this field were the basis for the recent agreement concluded with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to work together on science and technology for safety, security and sustainability. In particular, nuclear forensics and safeguards technology for combating illicit trafficking of nuclear material is a primary area of common interest.

  9. 15 Oct 2009

    A fully computerised Nuclear Material Accountancy and Control (NMAC) system will soon be in place at the Russian Mayak reprocessing plant located in Ozersk in the Chelyabinsk region. The project, technically managed by the JRC in the framework of the European Commission's TACIS Programme, is the first one of its kind to conceive and implement such a system in a Russian designed nuclear reprocessing facility. After validation, the complete system is likely to become a prototype for all Russian reprocessing plants. This important achievement marks a significant step forward in securing nuclear material in the Russian Federation.

  10. 14 Oct 2009

    Illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material remains a reason for concern and a threat to our security. The recent survey on radiological vulnerability in the EU identified the need for training of first responders at the European level. The JRC has been tasked by the Commission's Directorate General for Justice, Freedom and Security to create a European Security Training Centre and to provide a training session demonstrating the JRC's capabilities. A seminar dedicated to the response to nuclear security incidents is being held this week (14 – 16 October) at the Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) in Karlsruhe. This follows the first pilot session for training in the area of prevention and detection in nuclear security that was recently held by the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) at the JRC Ispra site.