We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The European Nuclear Security Training Centre (EUSECTRA) instructs 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.
The JRC's European Reference Laboratory for Air Pollution (ERLAP) contributes to the development and implementation of European Air Quality Directives.
The JRC's European Solar Test Installation carries out research on photovoltaic devices, and supports the EU in meeting its targets for renewable energy.
The Fuel Cell and Electrolyser Testing facility in Petten, the Netherlands was established to support developments in Regulation, Codes and Standards through the validation of testing procedures and measurement methodologies for the performance assessment of fuel cells.
The JRC's facilities for monitoring greenhouse gases include two installations which are becoming part of the Integrated Carbon Observation System Research Infrastructure (ICOS-RI) of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).
The JRC's High Flux Reactor carries out research in the area of nuclear and reactor safety.
The JRC's High Performance Computing facility (HPC) hosts several computing platforms to support the analysis of the growing volume of data, e.g. as generated by the NGS-Bioinformatics infrastructure.
The JRC's High Pressure Gas Testing Facility carries out research and testing on high pressure vehicle tanks for hydrogen (H2) or natural gas (CH4).
The High Throughput Screening (HTS) facility consists of two comprehensive robotic platforms supported by ample cell culturing and compound management laboratories.
The JRC's Hopkinson Bar facility tests large material samples or structural components and sub-assemblies under dynamic conditions.