The NATO-led project "E-SiCURE" which is expected, over the next three years, to develop a specialised machine for detecting nuclear materials aimed at stepping up security at borders and ports, was launched at the Rudjer Boskovic Institute (RBI) in Zagreb this past Wednesday.
The project worth nearly EUR 400,000 is one of the biggest projects in the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme in Croatia. As much as 31% of the project's funds is allocated to Croatia, which is not common practice, as a majority of funds is usually allocated to partner countries, it was said at the presentation of the project.
The end user of the detector in Croatia could be the Customs Authority, which is also a partner in the project.
A Croatian team of scientists, led by Ivana Capan of the RBI, will cooperate with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, the University of Aveiro from Portugal, the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology from Japan and the Jozef Stefan Institute from Slovenia.