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Science updates

Mar 01 2006

JRC-IRMM has released a reference material which will enable food-testing laboratories to reliably detect and quantify a number of water and fat soluble vitamins in whole milk powder.

Mar 01 2006

The IRMM searchable catalogue contains information about the reference materials distributed by IRMM. You can browse the catalogue by matrix, analyte or application field. Certified values, certificates, certification reports and material safety data sheets where available can be accessed via the search interface.

Jul 10 2008

Uranium ‘double-spike’ isotopic reference material, IRMM-3636

New uranium spike isotopic reference materials, IRMM-3636, IRMM-3636a and IRMM 3636b with an isotope ratio 233U/236 U of 1:1 have been prepared and certified. This so-called “double spike” has been prepared by gravimetrical mixing of highly-enriched isotopes and verified by means of sophisticated mass spectrometry techniques.

Jul 18 2008

IRMM has launched a call for expression of interest for 2 traineeships in neutron physics (deadline 31 August 2008). Click here for more information.


Jul 13 2009

Following the discovery of contaminated sunflower oil imported from Ukraine (April 2008), the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has tested 55 analytical laboratories from 17 EU Member States plus Switzerland and Ukraine to determine their capability to measure levels of the contaminant, mineral oil, in sunflower oil.

Aug 10 2009

Estimates from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) show that 200,000 hectares of land in the EU have already burnt in 2009, compared to a total of 180,000 in 2008. EFFIS continuously monitors the forest fire risk, which at present is still high, and has just released the 'Forest Fires in Europe 2008' report providing a comprehensive overview of the forest fire danger conditions and impact of forest fires in Europe for 2008.

Aug 21 2009

At the World Water Week in Stockholm, under the EU Water Initiative (EUWI), the JRC introduced two new and updated information systems, essential tools for effective knowledge management among the international water community.

Sep 07 2009

Metrology institutes from the USA, South Korea, Canada, Australia, China, South Africa, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom have set up a global consortium with the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM).

Sep 07 2009

The European Commission, represented by the JRC, and the African Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), have today signed a Collaboration Agreement on scientific issues regarding land-cover dynamics. The two organisations aim to collaborate in the field of agriculture and land-cover monitoring to support food security and the management of natural resources in East Africa. European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Poto nik, and Uganda's Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Daniel Omara Atubo, witnessed the signature in Nairobi (Kenya).

Oct 13 2009

On Monday 12 October 2009, the refurbished Geel Electron Linear Accelerator facility (known as GELINA) was inaugurated by the JRC's Director-General, Roland Schenkel. GELINA is used to measure very accurate neutron data for nuclear energy applications, including waste transmutation and innovative reactor systems.