JRC News

  1. 21 Sep 2007

    Energy consumption worldwide is likely to double between 2000 and 2050, and nuclear energy will remain a key element in future low-carbon energy systems. Europe has the largest nuclear industry in the world and one third of its electricity comes from nuclear plants. To prepare for the future and maintain European leadership in this sector, a Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform has been launched today, bringing together researchers and industry to define and implement a Strategic Research Agenda and corresponding Deployment Strategy.

  2. 23 Oct 2007

    On 22 October, the first official meeting of the Association for Research and Lecturing in Nuclear Engineering in Southwest Germany took place. It is aimed at bringing together actors involved in research and lecturing in the field of nuclear engineering. The JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe is one of the founding members of the association, together with the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg, the Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg, the University of Karlsruhe (TH), the University of Stuttgart and the universities of Furtwangen and Ulm.

  3. 30 Nov 2007

    European and American researchers think that radioactive antibodies could be used to treat HIV patients. Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York, USA, and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, in Karlsruhe, Germany, have combined antibodies with radioactive payloads that selectively target and destroy HIV infected cells. The test results are encouraging. They support the hypothesis that radioactive antibodies (Bi-213) can eliminate the immunodeficiency virus HIV from a patient's body. The new HIV treatment will soon be tested in a clinical study conducted on HIV infected patients.

  4. 18 Jan 2008

    On 18 January 2008, the President of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Jörg Ziercke, visited the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU). The main purpose of the meeting was to exchange views on investigation of seized nuclear material and to discuss new projects related to illicit incidents involving nuclear and radioactive material.

  5. 19 Mar 2008

    The JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) has been involved in the determination of the phonon dispersion curves of single crystalline PuCoGa5 samples by inelastic X-ray scattering (IXS) at room temperature. This was done at the European Synchrotron in Grenoble (ESRF). The understanding of the superconductor PuCoGa5 physical properties will allow advances in the global understanding of unconventional superconductivity.

  6. 2 May 2008

    The Annual reports 2007 from the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) and the Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) are now available. These reports give an overview of the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the Institutes' work carried out in 2007.

  7. 20 May 2008

    Three framework agreements for research contracts relating to the disposal of nuclear waste have been granted by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) of the UK to a consortium including the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU).

  8. 4 Jun 2008

    Scientists from the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) presented their activities on the new generation of nuclear reactors and the development of new types of nuclear fuels at the Annual Meeting on Nuclear Technology 2008. The event, the largest nuclear conference in Germany with more than 1300 participants, was held by the Deutsches Atomforum e.V. (German Atomic Forum) and the Kerntechnische Gesellschaft e.V. (German Nuclear Society) in Hamburg on May 27 - 29, 2008. The variety of topics covered almost all aspects of the civil use of nuclear energy. Numerous papers were presented by experts from research, industry and politics outlining viewpoints and recent research findings.

  9. 20 Jul 2008

    Starting Friday, July 18 in Barcelona, the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2008 features a strong presence by the JRC, with five scientific sessions by JRC scientists as well as a number of high profile science-related communication activities.

  10. 13 Aug 2008

    Maria Betti has been appointed as the new Director of the Marine Environmental Laboratory of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA-MEL) as from 1 August 2008.