Clemens Wittwehr is responsible for the project Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes in the Chemical Safety and Alternative Methods Unit of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). Protection of animals used for scientific purposes is an important and highly visible goal of EU policy, also made explicit by Directive 2010/63/EU, which is one of the most stringent animal welfare standards worldwide. As such it is subject to close public scrutiny in terms of efficiency, impact and overall adoption. Nothing undermines public credibility more than an ambitious undertaking that turns out to be followed up without proper measures: Making a cutting edge tool-set available to policy makers to both boost and monitor Directive 2010/63 impact is one of the aims of this project.
Earlier in his JRC career, Clemens was also manager of the IUCLID project, which delivered the standard software now used by chemical industry to submit their registration dossiers under REACH, the EU chemicals legislation. IUCLID has since been handed over to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
Clemens joined the JRC in 2000, after having worked for three years in the Informatics Directorate of the European Commission in Luxembourg. Before that, Clemens had worked for the City of Linz, Austria. Clemens graduated in Computer Science and Business Administration from the University of Linz.