Press releases

  1. 11 Dec 2013

    The European Commission has adopted the JRC's first Work Programme for 2014-2015 under Horizon 2020, the new EU strategy to boost research and innovation.

    The programme of the Joint Research Centre, the Commission's own science service, is aligned with the European Union's policy priorities, such as overcoming the economic crisis, encouraging the use of renewable energy and tackling climate change, and with other work programmes of the Commission under Horizon 2020.

  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. 1 Oct 2009

    There is a world-wide scientific consensus that safe geological disposal of high-level nuclear waste is technically feasible, while public acceptance has still not been achieved in most Member States. The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has analysed the state of the art of science, technology and procedures needed across the EU for implementation. It has identified no major conceptual or research gap for the host rocks and repository systems envisaged, namely those in clays, hard rocks and salt.

  4. 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.

  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. 25 Feb 2010

    Physicists at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have helped unveil the secrets of a Bronze Age sword with neutron beams normally used to study materials for nuclear reactors. The work was carried out by a team of European researchers investigating the application of modern scientific methods to cultural heritage objects.

  10. 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.