Europe opens new laboratories to outside scientists

By Gokhan Ergocun

ISTANBUL (AA) – European Commission's Joint Research Center (JRC), has thrown more laboratories open to external scientists, to conduct researches in various subjects, from devising zero emission energy solutions to nuclear safety.

The initiative has come after 100 scientists from 92 research institutions selected in 2017, successfully conducted experiments in 12 JRC laborites in Geel (Belgium), Ispra (Italy) and Karlsruhe (Germany).

According to a press release issued by the Commission in Brussels, the initiative has now been extended to Petten (the Netherlands), home to the JRC's energy and transport research laboratories.

Researchers from EU nations and countries associated with the Horizon 2020 research program are eligible to apply before Sept 30. Turkey is also included among 16 associated countries.

The JRC is also opening two state-of-the-art laboratories designed for research on actinide materials in Karlsruhe in southwestern Germany. “Actinide elements are the backbone of nuclear technologies, such as energy, space exploration or medical treatments. Scientists will be able to conduct exploratory research to help develop new nuclear equipment or materials,” the release added.

Two laboratories in Petten (Netherlands) are also now open to develop hydrogen fuel technologies. Hydrogen is one of the most promising alternative fuels, as it produces no carbon dioxide emissions.

Tibor Navracsics, who is responsible for the JRC, said the EU was supporting outside scientists to solve societal problems by sharing laboratories and facilities. “The JRC uses EU-funded, world-class facilities to help us tackle the most pressing challenges of our time, from climate change to food safety and nuclear security,” he said.