He graduated in Mathematics at the University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy) and obtained a Ph.D. in Climate Sciences at the University of Bern (Switzerland). Before joining the JRC in 2013, he was at the: Italian national weather service, Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, University of Bern, University of Giessen as Ass. Professor. His main research interests focus on: climate change, variability, extremes, and impacts on agriculture; climate change adaptation for agriculture; extreme value theory; statistical climatology; change-point detection and attribution; agro-meteorology. In 2011, he got the MedCLIVAR award for his important contribution to research that addressed issues on climate extremes in the Mediterranean region. In 2020, as a member of the MedECC steering committee and leading author of the first Mediterranean assessment report, he got the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe. He is the author/co-author of more than 60 publications and a member of the Editorial Board of the Nature’s Journal Scientific Reports.