The research institute of the European Commission (JRC) in Ispra, Italy, invited the winning team of the Nuclear Game Challenge, ‘Nuclairons’ of the Collège Jean XXIII in Brussels, and their accompanying teacher to a three-day, all-inclusive trip. This visit took place from 5 to 7 September 2018.
This unique opportunity brought the team to the visitors’ centre where JRC’s role within the European Union has been explained. The team was then showed around the various laboratories to expand their knowledge into nuclear and non-nuclear research activities. The experimental nuclear reactor ESSOR could be seen and the group also visited the ‘Advanced Safeguards Measurement, Monitoring and Modelling Laboratory’ (AS3ML), the ‘European Laboratory for Structural Assessment’ (ELSA), the ‘Vehicle Emissions Laboratory’ (VELA), the ‘European Microwave Signature Laboratory’ (EMSL), the ‘European Crisis Management Laboratory’ (ECML) and the laboratory for molecular biology, genomics and food safety. (More information on the facilities of JRC).
The team also seized this opportunity to discover Ispra and its vicinity. They visited the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso as well as Stresa and Varese where they tasted an exquisite ice-cream... Approved by everyone! They also enjoyed the panoramic view of Lake Maggiore, Italy’s second largest lake.
“Though it was quite short, the trip was really amazing. We enjoyed every minute of it.”