JRC News

  1. 16 Sep 2008

    The European Commission’s earth observation activities, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) have been re-launched today by European Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen under the name of Kopernikus. The name change was officially announced at a dedicated conference in Lille organised in conjunction with the current French presidency of the EU.  

  2. 12 Oct 2012

    Nuclear forensics is a key component in nuclear security as it provides information for the prosecution of nuclear smugglers and enables the identification of the origin of the intercepted material, thus providing essential information for improving preventive measures.

  3. 13 Nov 2012

    The JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) organised an interlaboratory comparison (ILC) for the determination of 15 natural and anthropogenic radionuclides in soil. A report describing in detail all the phases of this exercise has just been published.

  4. 4 Feb 2013

    Coinciding with its 50th anniversary, the JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU), located in Karlsruhe, is engaged in a large renovation and upgrade of its infrastructure in order to maintain the highest safety and security of its installations and to be able to provide state of the art support in the nuclear field.

  5. 15 Feb 2013

    JRC participation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the world’s largest and most prestigious general science gatherings, focuses on topics as diverse as scientific support to policymaking, security research, healthy living and actinides.

  6. 18 Apr 2013

    The European Commission has today launched a new European nuclear security training centre (EUSECTRA), located in the JRC premises in Karlsruhe. The training centre will instruct front-line officers, trainers and experts on how to detect and respond to illicit trafficking of nuclear or other radioactive materials.

  7. 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.

  8. 25 Sep 2013

    The European Commission presented its first European Research Area (ERA) Progress Report this week, a comprehensive analysis of the state of the 'single market' for research.

  9. 21 Oct 2013

    A radiopure capacitor (a fundamental electronics component) that is suited to be used in gamma-ray detectors operating underground has been developed during a recent study. This new 'radiopure' capacitor has much less radioactivity compared to what is naturally present in a normal capacitor and fills a gap in equipment needed to measure low radioactivity levels.

  10. 19 Nov 2013

    Working towards the creation of the first world-wide nuclear data file, leading actors in the nuclear field together with the JRC launched the first Collaborative International Evaluated Library Organisation (CIELO). This is an important step towards the use of the same (world-wide accepted) nuclear data in, for example, the safety assessments of nuclear systems.