JRC News

  1. 18 Sep 2007

    The European Nuclear Conference 2007 (ENC 2007), held in Brussels from 16 to 20 September 2007, provides a platform for sharing knowledge and insight on the latest developments in nuclear research and its applications. The JRC, with its long standing experience in this sector, presents its work in areas ranging from new reactor and energy technologies, to waste management and nuclear safeguards.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 12 Mar 2008

    The European Commission is organising a selection procedure to fill one administrator post (temporary contract) as technical manager in the JRC's Decommissioning Programme, Nuclear Decommissioning and Facilities Management Unit in Ispra (Italy).

  7. 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.

  8. 30 Apr 2008

    The workshop on "Mechanical Testing for Next Generation Nuclear Systems" held at the JRC Institute for Energy (IE) on 17 - 18 April 2008, attracted more than 70 participants from 20 countries. Noting that the development of innovative nuclear reactors critically depends on the availability of advanced engineering materials systems which have to withstand extreme conditions (high temperatures, intense neutron irradiation, and strongly corrosive environments, in combination with complex loading states and cyclic loading histories), the workshop specifically addressed the methodologies for mechanical performance and reliability assessment of nuclear materials in the proper environments during service and off-normal conditions.

  9. 7 May 2008

    The JRC is organising a selection procedure in order to fill the post of Head of Unit responsible for Nuclear Design Safety at the Institute for Energy in Petten (NL):

  10. 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).