Institute for Transuranium Elements (Karlsruhe ITU)

Institut des transuraniens
Institut für Transurane

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Established 21 Dec 1960, in the framework of Joint Research Centre (JRC), under the umbrella of European Commission (EC), on signature of an agreement between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Commission of European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom). Also known as Institute for Transuranium Elements -- Institut des transuraniens -- Institut für Transurane or referred to under the acronym JRC-ITU. Ceased to exist, July 2016, when merged into structure of JRC.


Provide the scientific foundation for the protection of the European citizen against risks associated with handling and storage of highly radioactive material; serve as a reference centre for basic actinide research; contribute to an effective safety and safeguards system for the nuclear fuel cycle; study technological and medical applications of radionuclides/actinides.

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Conducts research on physics and chemistry, utilization and safe handling of actinides; supports activities for other Commission services. Research programmes proposed by the Commission and agreed by the Council of Ministers for a period of 4 years; the European Parliament expresses its opinion on its contents, and the Economic and Social Committee is informed on the outlines of the research programme. Provides scientific and technical support to Commission services; third party work. Organizes conferences, workshops and other events. Programmes (7): Alpha Immunotherapy; Basic Actinide Research; Safety of Nuclear Fuels; Partitioning and Transmutation; Measurement of Radioactivity in the Environment; Spent Fuel Characterization in View of Long Term Storage; Safeguards Research and Developments.


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Subjects *

  • Fundamental Sciences
    • Radiation
    • Metallic Elements and Alloys
  • Resources
    • Energy

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy



Last News Received

4. Sep 2013
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