JRC research topics

The JRC carries out research in a wide variety of fields. Located across five sites throughout the EU, seven research institutes work in the areas of agriculture and food security, energy and transport, environment and climate change, health and consumer protection, information society, safety and security, innovation and growth, measurements and standards, and nuclear safety and security.

  1. Actinides have many possible applications in various strategic fields, but because of their radio-toxicity, it is necessary to carry out reliable safety assessments of their behaviour. This research is carried out at the JRC in collaboration with a number of academic partners worldwide.


    Science Areas: Standards, Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, measurement, actinide
  2. The JRC organises interlaboratory comparisons for conformity assessment for the IAEA Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL) and other laboratories in the field. These quality control programmes are under the accredited aim at the analysis of uranium and plutonium containing materials and nuclear signatures in the environment.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, safeguards, measurement
  3. The JRC is by far the largest provider of neutron data in the European Union which is used when evaluating the safety and risks related to operation of nuclear power plants, nuclear waste management, or new concepts of nuclear power production.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, measurement, neutron
  4. The JRC carries out research in the field of nuclear materials under extreme conditions in order to understand and reliably predict the behaviour of these materials.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, measurement
  5. Reliable measurements of α, β and γ radiation are of great importance for environmental monitoring, medical treatment and nuclear safeguards.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, reference data, measurement
  6. The JRC’s work on the nuclear science base for standardisation includes neutron data, targeted alpha therapy which helps with the fight against cancer, fundamental properties and behaviour and actinides, and structural and nuclear materials.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security, Standards
    Keywords: nuclear, measurement, standard
  7. Discontinued activity
    The highest metrological quality of measurements can only be obtained by using primary measurement methods. Isotopic measurements can fulfil the necessary requirements. The JRC uses isotopic techniques to measure reference values for key comparisons and to certify isotopic reference materials.


    Science Areas: Standards
    Keywords: nuclear, measurement