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8th Summer School: Actinide Science & Applications 8th Summer School: Actinide Science & Applications
©EU, 2015
Feb 20 2015

Registration Now Open! - Every two years the JRC-ITU organises Summer Schools on Actinide Science at its laboratories in Karlsruhe. Young researchers from all over the world have participated in lectures, laboratory visits and demonstrations. The 8th Summer School will be held from the 15th to the 19th of June 2015.

JRC-ITU Symposium on Targeted Alpha Therapy Targeted Alpha Therapy Research at JRC-ITU
©EU 2014
Jan 13 2015

The Institute for Transuranium Elements (JRC-ITU) of the European Commission, the Medical University Warsaw and Eckert & Ziegler Eurotope invite you to the 9th Symposium on Targeted Alpha Therapy.

Oct 13 2014

JRC scientists propose, in collaboration with experts from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, a way forward for dating of plutonium materials, unveiling the history of their use. This contributes to deter illicit trafficking of nuclear materials.

Aug 19 2014

At its very productive Second Plenary Assembly (22-24 July, Rome), the Global Soil Partnership endorsed the Plans of Action of four of its five pillars of action (Pillar 3 is still under development), the result of which can be seen as an “almost complete blueprint for action”1 for the international soil community.

Molten metal poured from ladle into mould
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Feb 15 2016

JRC scientists contributed to the characterisation of  226-Radium activity in slag reference samples. This work will ensure a low radioactivity emission when recycling scrap steel materials, including slag.

The role of scientific advice in policy-making worldwide is growing The role of scientific advice in policy-making worldwide is growing
Jul 03 2010

The JRC and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have issued a call to scientists and policy-makers for integrity, openness, clarity and public engagement. Representatives from both organisations made the plea on 3 July at a session of Euroscience Open Forum 2010 in Turin, Italy. The recommendations reflect the findings of a workshop last fall at the JRC’s Ispra site where 21 high-profile science and technology leaders gathered to discuss the use and misuse of science in policy-making. The specialists, each with pertinent experience in real-life scientific support to policy-making, offered advice on best practices and pitfalls in science policy on both sides of the Atlantic.

A challenge for nuclear fission theory: Understanding the even-odd effect
©EU, 2016
Jun 13 2016

Scientists from the JRC and the University of Bucharest propose a new approach for modelling the local  even-odd effect based on the number of configurations in a nucleus undergoing fission.

EU Map of R&D projects Total investments in electric car R&D projects per component co-funded by Member States and the EU (the pie chart shows total budget of projects co-funded by the EU)
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Jul 15 2013

A JRC report on research, development and demonstration (R,D&D) projects on electric cars in the EU, with a total budget of €1.9 billion (65% from public funding), finds that increased exchange of information and more coordination between projects would result in a better leverage of the investments. The report "Paving the way to electrified road transport – Publicly funded research, development, and demonstration projects on electric and plug-in cars in Europe", lists more than 320 projects covering the period 2007-2015 which received EU or national public funding, and with a total budget of more than €1 million.

Envisat: Aftermath of Greek fires, August 2007 Envisat: Aftermath of Greek fires, August 2007
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Mar 05 2008

The European Commission has adopted a Communication on reinforcing the Union's Disaster Response capacity. In order to respond to the growing challenges posed by natural and man-made disasters, the communication proposes that the European Union strengthens its abilities at home and abroad to provide civil protection and humanitarian assistance. The Commission has undertaken a screening exercise of all its existing resources and puts forward as a first step an action plan of specific measures to be implemented before the end of 2008. As a concrete example, the communication includes a specific focus on how to improve the Union's response to forest fires.

The JRC is supporting the EU's disaster response and civil protection activities in many areas. The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) is one of the cornerstones of this action plan. EFFIS, managed by the JRC Institute for Environment ans Sustainability (IES), provides the fire danger forecast (currently up to 6 days forecast) during the fire season helping in improving preparedness for forest fire fighting. In addition, EFFIS monitors the forest fire situation in Europe through the provision of information of active fires (hot spots) and the rapid assessment of forest fire damages in the countries. This information is critical for the Member States and the Commission in cases of catastrophic fire events (e.g. Portugal 2003 or Greece 2007) and facilitates the work of the Union's Monitoring and Information Center in is work of coordination of forest fire fighting.

The JRC IES also develops the European Flood Alert System (EFAS), that will be capable of providing medium-range flood simulations across Europe with a lead-time (time between the detection and the arrival of the flood) of between 3 to 10 days.

With its expertise in satellite images analysis and information technologies, the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) is conducting several activities to provide scientific and technical support in crisis situations. IPSC's work supports different phases, from crisis preparedness to damage assessment, including also early warning, alerting and situational monitoring. Some recent examples of IPSC's activities in support to Crisis Management are:

An ionisation chamber used for fission fragment spectrometry at JRC-IRMM An ionisation chamber used for fission fragment spectrometry at JRC-IRMM
©EU, 2014
Oct 03 2014

In view of improving nuclear model calculations, the influence of prompt neutron and gamma-ray emission on even-odd effects in fission has been studied by JRC scientists in collaboration with the theoretical group of the Bucharest University.

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