Vittorio Reina - Scientific/Technical Support Officer at the Chemical Assessment and Testing Unit
IHCP, Ispra, Italy
Scientific/Technical Support Officer at the Chemical Assessment and Testing Unit of the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
I am Italian living in a village near Gallarate in the Lombardy region of Italy. I was awarded my university degree in Information Technology from the University of Milan in 2003. Prior to this, in 1999, I received a three year university diploma in Information Technology from the same university. In the same year I married Patrizia, with whom I now have two children: Matilde (7) and Stefano (5).
From 1998 I worked in the internet field in web agencies in both Varese and Milan. I then went on to work for a big corporation in the tourism sector. In 2003, I started to work at the JRC as a temporary agent and from March 2010, after passing an open competition, I became a permanent official.
At the JRC since...
IT support. Developing and maintaining information systems in accordance with the research programme of the Unit.
Describe a normal working day
Usually I try to prepare my "To Do" list week by week, but as my job is also related to requests from colleagues (software and hardware problems, ordering a new PC, etc.) I must be available to solve these problems too. This is why no one day is ever the same. Other than this my main activities usually relate to the projects I am following (currently five).
On occasions, I have internal meetings or workshops with external partners either here in Ispra or at other locations.
What inspires you in the job you do?
Working for the European Commission gives me the sensation of working for the general interests of Europe as a whole. Having two children emphasises this feeling as they are our future.
What are the advantages of working as a scientist for the European Commission?
The main advantages are the possibility to work as an impartial body and to be part of a big family. A family composed of different cultural backgrounds but with a common sense of membership: Europe.
Have you done any work at the JRC that you are particularly proud of?
I followed many projects during my time at the JRC but I am most proud of one of them. When I arrived at the JRC I started developing a new web application: the European Exposure Assessment Toolbox. It was developed from scratch by our team. The development required a lot of hard work, and many meetings. Finally after 3 years the tool was presented in Brussels during a big meeting with the Director of the Directorate-General for Health. The system is now online and mentioned in the "Guidance on requirements for substances in articles" of the REACH legislation.