Giorgio Clarotti is a senior policy officer for the European Commission in the Research & Innovation department. He is working since 2015 on the strategy for the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge on Health, Demographic Change and Well-being, focusing in particular on the dissemination and exploitation of results.
From 2005 to 2015 he developed actions collaboration between national research programmes to strengthen the European Research Area. These ranged from bottom-up collaborations between research programmes to combat rare diseases or ensure food safety (ERA-NET scheme) to the much bigger Joint Programming process, which resulted in ten Joint Programming Initiatives between EU Member States addressing Societal Challenges such as Neurodegenerative Diseases or 'Food, Agriculture and Climate Change'.
He has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Montpellier and Tübingen Universities) and has been working for the European Commission since 1991, where he developed a research programme on medical materials and technologies (Brite-Euram) and then measures fostering research for and by small businesses (SMEs).
He was in charge of Communication for the Employment and Social Affairs DG of the Commission from 2002 to 2004. In 2001, he was part of the team that drafted the EU White Paper on Governance (rapporteur on Network Governance).