Maria Chiara Ciaccheri is a museologist based in Milan, expert in the field of museum learning with a focus on accessibility, interpretation and participatory practices in adult education. With a background in History of Art and Museum Studies, she completed a Master’s Degree in Learning and Visitor Studies in Museums and Galleries at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (UK).
Member of ABCittà since 2011, she works mostly as a trainer and consultant for museums. Since 2015 she teaches Museum Accessibility at the Master’s in Museum Education at Università Cattolica di Milano and she is often involved as a lecturer for Masters and seminars classes. In 2014, she has been awarded a grant for a visiting program on museum accessibility in the United States, visiting and researching over one hundred institutions across the States.
She writes for the Italian magazine cheFare about cultural innovation through museums and she pursues her independent researches nationally and internationally.
Anna Chiara Cimoli is an art historian and museum consultant based in Milan. After graduating in Art History, she earned a diploma in Museology at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris and a Ph.D. in History of Architecture from the Polytechnic of Turin. She is a consultant for Johan & Levi publishing house, and collaborated with ABCittà designing activities aimed at fostering participation in museums. She has taught for many years at the Polytechnic and the at the Catholic University in Milan. In 2012-14, she has collaborated as a free-lance researcher at the MeLa* Project-European Museums in an age of migrations, within the Polytechnic of Milan research unit.
She is the author of Musei effimeri. Allestimenti di mostre in Italia 1947-1963 (il Saggiatore), Divina Proporzione. Triennale 1951 (with F. Irace, Electa, Che cosa vedi?Musei e pubblico adolescente, a book about teenagers at the museum (Nomos) and Approdi. Musei delle migrazioni in Europa (Clueb). She designs training courses for museum staff (mainly about audience engagement, accessibility and participation). Together with Chiara Ciaccheri, she runs the “Senza titolo” project, focused on museum texts and labels. With Maria Vlachou, she co-edits the blog Museums and Migration.
João Pedro Sousa Rosa is director and co-founder of 4iS – Platform for Social Innovation, NGO – promoted by the University of Aveiro and its Alumni association. Since 2006 he has been developer and coordinator of volunteering and community based projects for local development and in 2009 co-founded the first Iberoamerican students’ network collaborating with UNESCO, OECD, OIT and SEGIB for youth empowerment. Co-founder of VivaCidade – Dress-up city Voids project under the framework of Actors of Urban Change program, one of the first cross-sectoral urban commons project in Portugal. Co-author of the CitizensLab publication “Mapping New Forms of Civic Engagement in Europe”. He is a cultural manager and a certified trainer in project management, non-formal education and education for human rights and active citizenship, the latter by the north-south center of the Council of Europe and the Network University of Amsterdam. Since 2016 is part of the strategic and implementation board of Tandem Europe – Social Innovation program, promoted by European Cultural Foundation and MitOst (www.tandemforculture.org).Together with the University of Aveiro, the Portuguese Anti-Poverty Network and the Incubator Network of Aveiro Region he gives support to a joint knowledge transfer unit and a capacity building program for professionals, students and alumni on soft skills, non-formal education, active citizenship, social entrepreneurship and innovation.
Barby Asante is an artist based in London and Amsterdam. Exploring histories and fictions, through performativity and collective pedagogical actions, she is interested in disrupting and interrogating our understanding of historical narratives to explore the effects and possibilities of the unheard and the missing. Asante is a Ph.D. Candidate at CREAM (Centre for Research in Education, Arts and Media) at Westminster University, Associate Curator at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning and co-collaborator of agency for agency, a collaboration that explores the politic of space, identity and the legacies of colonial histories, through institutional critique.
Cristina Cilli was born in Turin (Italy) in 1969. After the scientific high school diploma, she continues her studies taking a degree in Natural Science. In 2000 she got a good mention in a Master of Museums and Communication (France) at the University of Nice (France). In 2002 she took her Ph.D. in Archaeo_Anthropology in Italy having studied artifacts in the hard tissues of animals from the North-Est Italian Upper Paleolithic sites. A part of her thesis was consecrated to the museography of the prehistoric funeral rituals. She taught Bioarchaeology at the University of Siena (Tuscany, Italy) and she’s the author and coauthor of about fifty papers. She devoted a part of her research to the study of museography and communication inside scientific museums, in particular for the project “Mankind Museum” of the University of Turin. In 2009 she was hired as the curator of the “Cesare Lombroso” Criminal Anthropology Museum of the University of Turin where she is still working.
Christian Greco is Director of the Museo Egizio since 2014. He led and ricted the renewal of fittings and exhibition itinerary, which concluded on March 31st 2015, which led to the transformation of the Egizio, from antiquities museum to archeological museum. Trained mainly in the Netherlands, he’s an Egyptologist with a great experience in museums, nationally and internationally.
With his strong dedication to teaching, he’s involved in the lectures at the Università di Torino e Pavia, of the Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, of the Scuola IUSS in Pavia with courses in the material culture of ancient Egypt, and museology. His work in the archaeological field is especially important: he was a member of the Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in Luxor and, since 2011, he’s co-director of the Italian-Dutch archeologic mission in Saqqara. He has many divulgatory and scientific publications in different languages to his record, and numerous participations to Egyptology and museology international conventions as a keynote speaker. Since 2015 he’s a member of the Technical-Scientific Committee for the Archeological Heritage of the MiBACT and of the management board of the MANN (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli).
Dani de Torres is an expert of the Council of Europe programme on Intercultural Cities, and founder of Antirumours Global, focusing on the development and international expansion of the antirumours strategy, which is an innovative methodology to dismantle prejudices and stereotypes and make the most of diversity. Dani is also director of the Spanish network of intercultural cities (RECI) and expert of the EU program Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) focusing on innovative policies on refugee’s integration. He is lecturing at the MA in Migration Studies of the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona).
Nicole Moolhuijsen is a researcher and consultant in the heritage sector. She graduated in Museum Studies (University of Leicester, UK) and collaborates with Ca’ Foscari University (Department of Management) since 2015. Her research focuses on the interpretation of Fine Art and the managerial dimension of its processes. Nicole works on visitor studies, audience engagement, and development both in Italy and abroad. Currently, she collaborates with We Exhibit srl and the Querini Stampalia Foundation. She is Board Member of ICFA: ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Fine Art.
Simone Pettorruso is Project coordinator for ICEI in Italy and Europe and Desk Officer for Asian Countries. Huge experience in projects management both in Italy and abroad. In ICEI he has been working on several projects dealing with different topics, such as: migrations, voluntary returns and reintegration processes for migrants, intercultural citizenship, social inclusion, social enterprises’ development
Emanuele Russo is Project coordinator in Italy and coordinator of the Global Campaign on Education -Italy (CGE-Italia). PhD in International Relations and Political Sciences, in CIFA Onlus he has worked in the International Relations of the Inter-Country Adoptions Dept. and he is now Education Officer.
He has a ten-years-long experience on Human Rights Education in Amnesty International – Italy.
Remo Ricchetti met the mix of engineering and cultural heritage at PercRo Lab of the Scuola Superiore Sant’anna in Pisa. As a mechanical Engineer he dealt with embodied cognition and augmented reality environments conceived for museums and other exhibitions: Pure Forme Museum and Enactive network are signifcative works in this field more than a decade ago. Thanks to the partnership with interactiondesign-Lab Milano (id-lab) he worked on Museo Tecnologi@mente Ivrea (educational workshop on Olivetti industrial heritage), the multimedia&interactive section of PLART Museum in Naples and a concept of the new Museo degli Innocenti MUDI in Florence; with idLab he participated at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008 and 2010. He has been also in the design team for Expo2015 Biodiversity Pavillion where to tell the history of agriculture. Since 2008 he is adjunct professor in NABA Design School, Milano – (interaction design and digital modelling techniques).