Nicola Pirrone

Nicola Pirrone holds the position of Research Director at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and Adjunct Professor at School of Public Health of the University of Michigan. Most recently he was the Director of the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research of the CNR (2008-2018). He serves as an expert for major international and national public organizations in the field of environmental research and policy development. He has been vice-Head of the Italian delegation at Conference of Parties (COP1 and COP2) of the Minamata Convention, and for over a decade Head of Italian Delegation for the UNECE-LRTAPEMEP Executive Board.

Currently he is the Italian Representative in the Intergovernmental program of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and member of the HLWG and ExCom of GEO, co-chair of the Horizon Europe Partnership on “Agriculture of Data”, Representative of the EU Presidency in the Open Ended Science Group (OESG) for the Effectiveness Evaluation of the Minamata Convention, and coordinator of the Italian Node of the European Infrastructure (ESFRI RI) EIRENE RI (European Infrastructure for Environmental Exposure Assessment in Europe).

He has published over 300 papers in the peer-reviewed literature as well as books, international reports and conference proceedings. He graduated in Nuclear Engineering at University of Pisa, fellowships at IIASA (Austria) and University of Michigan, Visiting Scholar in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). He received the Kathryn R. Mahaffey Lifetime Achievement Award (2017) for “his outstanding contribution to research and environmental policy”, the UNEP award (2017) for “his commitment and outstanding contribution to the UN Environment Global Partnership for the Minamata Convention” and the international award from the Green Cross Italy (2013) for his contribution to environmental research and policy development.