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Margherita Sani

Adjunct professor

Department of the Arts

Curriculum vitae

Adjunct Professor at the University of Bologna since 2020, she carries out research in the field of museums at a European level.


Degree in Philosophy from the University of Bologna (1982), Master's Degree in Museums and Galleries Administration from City University, London (1990).

She has attended numerous training and refresher courses on museology, museum management, cultural management and European projects.

Previous professional activities

1985-2021 Cultural Heritage Institute Emilia-Romagna Region

Responsible for European and international projects in the field of museums.

Main activities:

- Research: on cultural management and legislation on cultural heritage in Italy and Europe; on emerging professions in the museum field; analysis of training needs for the museum sector; on museum education and lifelong learning, on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue

- Development of innovative projects and models for the improvement of museum management and services; identification of quality standards and accreditation schemes for museums and staff qualification; introduction of management models (EFQM) in the cultural field; development of innovative professional profiles

- Management of EU-funded and other major European projects, which have been recognised as best practice; of working groups and committees at national and international level

- Monitoring and evaluation of projects

- Design of training courses for museum professionals and cultural managers at national and international level; development of international training events for museologists

- Training and teaching of postgraduate students and professionals in cultural management, communication, museum education

European projects designed and coordinated

- LEM - The Learning Museum (2010-2013)

- MUMAE - Museums Meet Adult Educators (2009-2010)

- MAP for ID - Museums as Places for Lifelong learning (2007-2009)

- VoCH - Volunteers for Cultural Heritage (2007-2009)

- Museums tell many stories (2006-2007)

- LLML - Lifelong Museum Learning (2004-2006)


Previous academic activity

2010- 2017 IULM University - Milan. Lecturer and member of the scientific committee Master in European Museology

1995-2000 University of Bologna, Rimini Campus. Department of Economics and Management of Tourism Services. Adjunct Professor in Economics of Cultural Heritage


Roles covered and membership in international networks

- Since 2022 member of the Steering Committe of the Foundation Musei Senesi

- Since 2021 member of the Advisory Board of the EU-funded project MOI - Museums of Impact

- Since 2019 member of the Steering Committee of Europeana Education

- Since 2018 President of the Jury of the international Children in Museums Award

- Since 2014 Coordinator of the working group LEM - Museums and Learning at NEMO - Network of European Museum Organisations

- Since 2012 Member of the jury of the international Children in Museums Award

- Since 2009 Member of the expert group of the EMA - European Museum Academy

- Since 2002 Member of ICTOP - ICOM (International Council for Museums) Staff Training Committee

- 2009-2019 Member of the Executive Committee of NEMO (Network of European Museum Organisations)

- 2010-2011 Member of the Advisory Board of the European project "Exploring European History

- 2016-2020 Member of the ICOM Emilia-Romagna Committee

- 2016 Member of the jury of the competition Acque. Digital projects for the enhancement of cultural heritage in schools

- 2015 Appointed by the European Expert Network on Culture on behalf of DG EAC for the drafting of the policy paper on "Participatory governance of cultural heritage" and coordination of the team preparing the mapping on the same theme

- 2014 Expert coach for the winners of the European @diversity prize

- 2013 Jury member of the European @diversity Prize: innovative ideas for the cultural and creative sectors in Europe

- 2007-2010 Project evaluator for the EU transnational cooperation programme Italy-Slovenia

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