Andrea Tilche obtained his Doctor Degree in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Milano in 1978. His scientific career was mainly carried out in Italy where he set-up and directed the wastewater treatment laboratories of ENEA in Bologna, working on advanced anaerobic treatment and biological nutrient removal technologies. In 1998 he moved to the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra as Head of the Water Research and Monitoring Unit, and later moved to Brussels to lead the Water Key Action of the 5th Framework Programme. In the 6th Framework Programme he was in charge of the Unit on Water and Soil research, and from the beginning of the 7th Framework Programme he led the Environmental Technologies Unit. He is now Head of the Unit “Climate change and natural hazards” within the Environment Directorate of DG Research & Innovation. In this position, he is in charge of drafting European research programmes in the field of climate change, environment and health, climate-related and geological hazards, and of managing their execution. As from 1st January 2013 he has been appointed Acting Director of the Environment Directorate of DG Research & Innovation.