Irene Trapani


Each month we were highlighting one of the members of the project so their work can be showcased. Today we finish this round of interviews with Irene Trapani, from CSGI. We have asked Irene five questions and here is how she answered.

Good morning Irene, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Irene. I come from the city of Palermo, capital of Sicily. I was born and raised there, but since when I was little, I felt the need to go beyond the boundaries of my island. This is why I left right after high school to study on the opposite side of Italy, to Trento, where I started my bachelor’s in Political Science. I then moved to Pisa, where I did my master’s in International Relationships, and discovered my passion for EU project management. I thus ended up in Florence, working in CSGI, where I started working in June 2023 in the management of the project. In my spare time I am a bit of a geek, I love reading and watching series, especially with my friends. I also love cooking and especially baking – give me an oven and some flour and chances are I’ll be making some bread or focaccia!

Could you explain your help in BOW’s project?

I started working in the project at the beginning of summer, right at the submission of the second periodic report. It was the first challenge I had to face (thankfully, along with my amazing colleague and mentor Simonetta, who has managed this project since its beginning), and certainly not the last. Everyday has its challenges, and every day I’m excited to see what will come. Helping in the management of this project is incredibly stimulating, making sure to create the right environment for its research, so that everyone can do their work without trouble.

Which is the advancement for science and technology that you are contributing in?

Although my work does not contribute directly to the science in project, it is an essential part of it. Management is the oil that makes the all the gears move without any friction, that ensures research can go on.

Which would you say are the possible impacts on society?

Learning about the scope of the project when I first started has been one of the things that has made me the most excited. I am not a scientist, nor do I comprehend that much when it comes to science, but I immediately understood the importance that the project can have for society. The knowledge it creates will improve the lives of people that are ill and which will receive better and more targeted treatments. The results of the project can be applied on many illnesses and their medications, which can improve the conditions of a great number of people that are currently suffering.

Is there someone you want to acknowledge?

I would like to thank, first of all, Patrizia Zitelli who has first trusted in me and my capabilities, and Simonetta Tegliai, who everyday teaches me and works by my side to make sure that I learn how to carry out the work to the best standard. Then of course come prof. Bergese and all the other Bowers, who have all been incredibly welcoming in this big family.