Ciarán Nicholl is Head of the Health in Society Unit at the Health, Consumers and Reference Materials Directorate.
Prior to working in public health, he was sector head for JRC corporate communication and worked at the JRC Ispra site between 2006 and 2012 where he and his team organised over 600 events including 3 open days with over 25,000 participants. He also worked as sector head for communication at the JRC headquarters in Brussels where he took care of producing corporate publications, including 9 JRC annual reports. He also worked in communication at the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements from 1997 to 2002 and from 1995 to 1997, he completed his post doctorate at the same institute.
Ciarán's educational background is scientific research and specialising in chemistry, he obtained 4 under-graduate qualifications before completing his MSc at Kings College Hospital (England, 1988-1990) and his PhD in skin cancer research at Heidelberg University (Germany, 1992-1995).