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JRC opens its labs to external researchers

The Joint Research Centre—the European Commission’s in-house science service—is going to let researchers from academia and industry make use of its facilities in the future.

Three facilities at the JRC’s site in Ispra, Italy, will be opened up in a pilot phase from December 2017, the JRC announced on 13 July. These are a reaction wall used to test the structural stability of buildings; the world’s largest Hopkinson bar for testing materials under high strain and a nanobiotechnology lab.

Researchers based in EU member states, countries associated to the Framework programme and EU candidate countries will be able to take part. The JRC said it will not make a profit from the initiative.

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