Ettore Capri, PhD (Chemistry, Biochemistry and Ecology of pesticides, Milan University, 1992), from the same year scientist in Environmental and Agricultural Chemistry at the Catholic University, became full Professor in Agricultural Chemistry in 2002. Today the main courses he teaches are Ecotoxicology, Ecology, and Contaminant, Residues & Additives in food, Green Chemistry, Human Risk assessment, Principle of Sustainable Development.
His research work concerns the ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry and consumer risk from pesticide, nutrient, heavy metals and trace elements. In the last years its main research is focusing on and how to integrate the risk from the environment to the human and, how bridge the science and policy .
His career started in 1990, during the PhD studies. He was a member of the working group of different COST actions where he participated in the standardisation of methodologies used in the laboratory to assess the degradation of pesticides, the volatilisation, and the use of models predicting the environmental fate of pesticides. Since 1996, Capri has participated as member of consortium of EU projects such as “The assessment of operator, bystander and environmental exposure to pesticides” (SMT4-CT96-2048); FOCUS working group of the DGVI-EU (Forum for the Coordination of the pesticide models and their Use), CNR-GNDCI (“Assessment of groundwater vulnerability”) for the Civil Protection of the Italian Government. In 1999, Capri joined the European project “Supplying local authorities and farmers with an innovative tool to support sustainable agricultural production” (LIFE98 ENV/IT/000010); “Effective approaches for assessing the predicted environmental concentrations of pesticides” (APECOP – QLK4199901238), pesticides in European Groundwaters: study of representative Aquifers leading to Simulation of possible Evolution (PEGASE – EVK1-CT-1999-00028). Marie Curie Training Site PEACE “Predicting Evironmental Concentrations of pesticide in European and site specific scenario” (QLK5-CT-2001-60014). COST action 631 (Understanding and modelling plant-soil interactions in the Rhizosphere environment) and COST 629 (Assessment of fate, impact and indicators of water pollution in natural porous media at different scales); “Use and development of pesticide indicator to reduce the environmental and consumer risk. Field test in wine and grape farms”(QLK5-CT-2002-51605), and “Environmental risk analysis leading to simulate a sustainable ecosystem management in rice area”(QLK5-CT-2002-51598). “Use of novel techniques for integrating the measurement of the water bodies to pesticide (COMEHERE), “Assessment of the environmental impact of the organic viticulture (ORWINE). In the VII framework he is participating in projects delivered to the integration of risk assessment, management risk communication and education for different chemicals and in different environmental scenario: 4FUN, BROWSE, HEROIC, ECOPROWINE, ECSEAFOOD, INNOVINE, GLOBAQUA, SEAONCHIP; SUPTRAINING, BetterTraining forSafeFood, PRESTO.
At national level in 2012 the Italian Ministry of the Environment has assigned to Ettore Capri the responsibility for developing programme for the sustainable development of the wine production sector and environmental labelling. Since 2009 he is member of the national group of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on Integrated Food Production. In 2008 he was assigned as member of the Commission of Biocides from the Health Ministry and in member of the Commission on Food Education for Expo2015. Since 2005 he is member of the Panel on Pesticide Risk Assessment of the European Food Safety Authority. Since 2009 he is director of the Research Center on Sustainable Development OPERA acting as Think Tank in Bruxelles while in Piacenza is ideating research project on education, training, dissemination, communication to bridge science and policy.
He has published about 230 scientific papers & communications, and edited several books.. He is associated editors of the scientific journal Science of Total Environment edited by Elsevier. He is scientific coordinator of the books series “Caffexpo’” edited by Mattioli1880.