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 Ispra, Italy-based Vehicle Emissions Laboratory (VELA) comprises two well-equipped chemical and physical analysis labs, and seven major testing facilities capable of conducting emissions tests (including the measurement of evaporative emissions) on a variety of vehicles. These range from motorbikes to passenger cars and even large heavy-duty engines. Findings made at these facilities have provided scientific support for the development of new EU Directives and the revision of older ones, as well as for the assessment of new measurement techniques and procedures.
The underground laboratory HADES carries out research on small amounts of radioactive substances.
The Minor Actinide Laboratory (MA-lab) of JRC is a unique facility for the fabrication of fuels and targets containing minor actinides such as americium and curium. It is of key importance for research on Partitioning and Transmutation (P&T) in Europe, as it is one of the only dedicated facilities for the fabrication of MA containing materials, either for property measurements or for the production of test pins for irradiation experiments.
The high intensity quasi mono-energetic neutron source at JRC-Geel is driven by a vertical 3.5 MV Tandem accelerator producing either continuous or pulsed ion beams.
Our houses are fast becoming smart homes, with smart thermostats, domestic appliances and security systems activated by apps on our smartphones. But this is just the beginning. Smart homes are growing into smart communities and smart regions – even smart cities. In the future, we will live in an intelligent digital eco-system, where virtual power plants connect up sustainable energy systems, where electric cars behave as intelligent batteries, and where citizens produce energy as well as consuming it.
The reference materials processing facility is home to the JRC's reference material programme with specialised laboratories used in the production of certified reference materials, element analysis, bio-safety research and material handling.
The JRC has state-of-the-art storage facilities for use in the storage of reference materials.
Radionuclide metrology laboratories: A cluster of instruments for both radiological charaterisation of materials and high accuracy radioactivity measurements.
The radioactive chemical elements that follow actinium in the Periodic Table form the actinide series. These elements are the backbone of nuclear fission technologies for electricity supply, with important applications in other strategic fields, from water management to space exploration and human health.