JRC News

  1. 10 Jul 2014

    IAEA Safeguards expert David Amaraggi visited the Analytical Service (AS) of JRC-ITU on July 2nd and 3rd, 2014. He is tasked with the commissioning of the new nuclear material laboratory (NML) of IAEA in Seibersdorf, the key element of the ECAS project.

  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. 3 Jun 2014

    A JRC co-authored study has examined the evolution of components of spent nuclear fuel by comparing actual spent fuel with lab results obtained on fuel analogues in simulated, accelerated timescale. Most of the trends observed were found to be comparable with characteristics of actual spent fuel. Ongoing programmes are also addressing the retrievability of spent fuel after extended storage and its behaviour under accident conditions.

  4. 3 Apr 2014

    Visualising latent fingerprints is common practice for police forensic laboratories in EU countries, but if the evidence is radioactively contaminated, the laboratory cannot process the fingerprints. The JRC has unique nuclear forensic capabilities which include methodologies for recovering fingerprints from contaminated surfaces. In order to support Member States’ authorities, the JRC provided access to these capabilities through a project consisting of several nuclear forensics exercises.

  5. 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.

  6. 29 Nov 2013

    More scientists, techniques and collaborations are needed to characterise nuclear materials, and so deterring illicit trafficking and terrorism, according to a JRC article published in today's Nature edition.

  7. 21 Nov 2013

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU), located in Karlsruhe (Germany). The JRC welcomed for the celebration high-level guests representing politics, industry, science and research at international, European, national and regional levels.

    Since the foundation stone was laid in 1963, the institute’s portfolio has evolved to face emerging scientific and policy support needs and has gained worldwide recognition as a reference centre and a key contributor to an effective safety and safeguards system for the nuclear fuel cycle.

  8. 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.

  9. 27 Jun 2013

    The first EFFEKTE Science festival in Karlsruhe kicked off to a fantastic start on Saturday Evening, June 22nd with a dynamic live event. From projected art in combination with data streams, flying words, live music, dance performances and live experiments, the artistic and energetic show delivered on bringing how we think about science to the forefront of the audience's minds.



  10. 11 Jun 2013

    On 15 June the Joint Research Centre’s Institute for Transuranium Elements in Karlsruhe (JRC-ITU) celebrates its 50th anniversary. The 1000 visitors will join the celebrations on a journey, discovering science together with renowned scientists and specialists. They will have the unique opportunity to visit the laboratories and an extensive range of advanced facilities, many unavailable elsewhere in Europe.