Prof. AnielloAmendola, (Dr. Eng. 1962, University Federico II Naples, Italy) after leaving in 1997 the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Ispra, Italy) where he promoted the Major Accident Hazards Bureau, cooperated until December 2012 with the Risk and Society Project of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, for researches on catastrophe risk management; and with DPRI (Disaster Prevention Research Institute) of the Kyoto University (Japan) where, in particular, he was visiting professor in 2001, contributing thus to manage the IIASA-DPRI Forum on Integrated Disaster Risk Management, from which the IDRiM society originated.
Among his main research at JRC, the development of a dynamic analysis methodology of accident sequences opened the field to the researches on ‘dynamic reliability’; and, the organization of international benchmark analysis on risk and reliability analysis of nuclear power plants and major hazard installations resulted in significant improvements in the understanding of the different methodologies for risk assessment and the connected uncertainties. He also gave courses on matter linked with his R&D activities in a number of EU universities.
Before joining JRC in 1978, he was involved at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany) and at ENEA (Bologna, Italy), in R & D activities on the thermal-hydraulic design of reactor cores in the frame of the European Association for the Development of Fast Breeder Reactors. Main research achievement of this period was the development of a generally adopted methodology for the assessment of core thermal reliability (Hot spot – hot channel analysis).