Press releases

  1. 16 Jun 2013

    On Saturday, 15 June, The Institute for Transuranium Elements (JRC-ITU) opened its doors and welcomed visitors, employees and their families to celebrate 50 Years of the Institute. 

  2. 13 Oct 2011

    Today the European Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) celebrate 30 years of cooperation in the safeguarding of nuclear materials and facilities. This anniversary is marked by an event at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has provided scientific and technical support to the work of IAEA since 1981, with over 100 scientists and technicians working on more than 25 projects. The anniversary is also an opportunity for both parties to plan their future joint activities.

  3. 19 Mar 2009

    The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has today released details of nuclear forensic work carried out on samples dating back to the early days of the technology's history: from Germany's World War II Programme.

    The JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) in Karlsruhe, Germany cooperates with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the control of nuclear materials and facilities. The IAEA is charged with verifying that states live up to their international obligations in the area of nuclear non-proliferation. This includes not diverting nuclear material or using facilities for the development of nuclear weapons. The Joint Research Centre has provided scientific and technical support to this work for over a quarter of a century, with over 100 scientists and technicians (so-called Atomic Detectives) working on more than 25 projects.

  4. 17 Apr 2012

    The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan- Quinn visits today the Joint Research Centre's (JRC) Institute for Transuranium Elements, located in Karlsruhe. This visit provides the Commissioner with the opportunity to get a first-hand insight of the nuclear safeguards activities carried out by the JRC, which have been significantly improved by the opening of a new analytical laboratory for nuclear micro-particles.

  5. 15 Dec 2006

    The European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, has published a new edition of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart, an extended periodic table of the elements that displays all known isotopes and their radioactive data. First developed in 1958 and now in its 7th edition, the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart is a globally recognised research and teaching tool in the area of nuclear science. The new 7th edition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany).

  6. 15 Jun 2010

    The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) operates the on-site laboratories at reprocessing plants in the nuclear sites of Sellafield (UK) and La Hague (France) to analyse samples of spent fuel in situ. The throughput of these plants represents 80% o the world's reprocessed spent nuclear fuel, which is verified by European Commission inspectors, supported by JRC scientists in these facilities in order to assure its compliance with nuclear safeguards.

  7. 12 Jun 2012

    A picture is worth a thousand words. This is the reason why the image below has been awarded the title of "image of the year" by the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM). It comes from a study led by the Joint Research Centre´s (JRC) Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU). It illustrates the effectiveness of the use of a new carrier molecule (DOTATOC, able to recognise ongastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumour - GEP-NETs - cells) coupled with an alpha emitting particle (Bi-213) to treat this kind of multi-resistant tumour, showing the remarkable results that can be achieved. According to the scientific committee awarding this prize at the 2012 SNM Annual Meeting (June 9-13): "it opens a new door for those patients whose cancer does not respond to traditional chemotherapy".

  8. 18 Apr 2013

    The European Commission has today launched a new European nuclear security training centre (EUSECTRA) 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. EUSECTRA offers hands-on training using a wide variety of radioactive and nuclear materials and a broad selection of equipment and measurement instruments. Indoors, one of the training areas simulates airport conditions, equipped with a pedestrian portal monitor and an x-ray conveyor. Outdoors, training is provided on a variety of scenarios, providing 4 different types of radiation portal monitors. Overall, more than 30 measurement and detection tools are used in training. The centre enhances the European Commission's Joint Research Centre's (JRC) training activities carried out in this field at the Karlsruhe and Ispra sites.

  9. 5 Oct 2006

    Today the European Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) celebrate 25 years of cooperation in the control of nuclear materials and facilities. This anniversary is marked by an event at the European Commission’s Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) in Karlsruhe, Germany. The IAEA is charged with verifying that states live up to their international obligations in the area of nuclear non-proliferation. This includes not diverting nuclear material or using facilities for the development of nuclear weapons. The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has provided scientific and technical support to this work for quarter of a century, with over 100 scientists and technicians working on more than 25 projects. The anniversary event is also an opportunity for both parties to plan their future joint activities.

  10. 1 Dec 2011

    Brussels, 1 December - Invasive fungal infections (IFI) are a major threat to individuals with cancer, transplants, HIV, and other conditions that weaken their immune system. New research has shown that radioimmunotherapy (RIT) could be a promising avenue for development of new types of treatment of fungal diseases, according to a paper published by scientists of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in collaboration with other researchers.