International expertise

Mariangela Vandini
Scientific director

Associate Professor of Physics applied to Cultural Heritage. She is Head of research and Responsible of the Conservation Science Laboratory for Cultural Heritage (Department of Cultural Heritage) and Coordinator of the 5-years Master’s Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage. Her main research interests are: scientific investigations of archaeological and historical building materials for archaeometric purposes and to support restoration interventions, use of scientific methodologies for the study of cultural heritage: technological knowledge of findings and objective evaluation of the state of conservation; chemico-physical techniques for the characterisation of materials, knowledge of the production techniques and for provenance and dating analyses.

Marco Pretelli
Scientific Manager for the architectural restoration
University professor for the permanent training courses on architectural restoration

Degree in Architecture, University IUAV of Venice; PhD in Conservation of Architecture, University “Federico II”, Naples. Architect at the Soprintendenze per i Beni Architettonici of Arezzo (2000) and Venice and its Lagoon (2001-2005), since 2005 he is Associate Professor of Architectural Restoration (disciplinary sector: 08/E2,  ICAR/19) at the University of Molise (oct. 2005-dec. 2009), since 2009, at the Alma Mater Studiorum; since march 2016 is full professor at the same university. The main lines of research focus on topics of theory and history of restoration; restoration of Modern Architecture; restoration of historical plant; microclimate of the historic architecture. Already in the PhD Steering Committee in Conservation of Architecture at the Politecnico of Milan, from 2013 he is member of the PhD Steering Committee in Architecture at the Department of Architecture of the Alma Mater Studiorum.

Alessandro Iannucci
Scientific Manager for the enhancement of Cultural Heritage University professor for permanent training courses on the tourism enhancement of the Cultural Heritage

Alessandro Iannucci is the associate professor of the Greek language and the Literature as well as teaching the classical traditions and the computer skills for the Cultural Heritage at University of Bologna, Campus of Ravenna. His prevalent fields of studies are in poetical communications (epic, drama, lyric) in Archaic and the classical period of Greece, in forms, types and ideologies in literature of II century AC, and the translation of classical poems in modern and contemporary age, from the beginning of the cultural heritage’s concept in the ancient sources.
He is also the director of FrameLAB, Multimedia & Digital Storytelling Laboratory, Department of the Cultural Heritage by coordinating of the research activities for the study of the Cultural Heritage communication.

Tania Chinni
Project manager

PhD in History Cultures and Civilizations. As a glass specialist she has participated in several Italian and foreign archaeological missions and in the research project PRIN “Continuità e discontinuità nelle produzioni vetrarie altoadriatiche tra IX secolo a.C. e XV secolo d.C.” of the Universities of Bologna and Padua, funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research. She was also tutor of the Single Cycle Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage. She is co-author of several papers in scientific journals and actively collaborates with dissemination projects outside the academic field.

Gaiane Casnati

Research Fellow at the University of Bologna since 2019, she carries out her research in the field of conservation and enhancement of the Architectural and Cultural Heritage of Armenia with a focus on the quality of the processes for the design and implementation of interventions on heritage and on the methodologies for the definition of a price list for restoration works to be carried out in Armenia.
Since 2017, she is Council member of Europa Nostra, and was selected for the Advisory Panel of the 7 Most Endangered 2020 program. She is also a member of ICOMOS Armenia for which she participated in Paris in the workshop, organized in the framework of the research that led to the publication of the “Quality principles for interventions on cultural heritage”. She is committed in planning interventions and training activities in the field of restoration, mainly in Italy and in Armenia. She has been a project leader for the project Restoration Training in Armenia, co-financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Politecnico di Milano for which she has received the Europa Nostra award (2015), a gold medal from NUACA University and from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia and a medal of Movses Khorenatsi medal from the President of the RA.

Federico Fallavollita
Expert Architect in Heritage in Italy

Federico Fallavollita, Architect, is an associate Professor at the Department of Architecture of Alma Mater University of Bologna. In 2008 he earned a PhD in Sciences of Representation and Survey at the Department of History, Representation and Restoration of Architecture at Sapienza University of Rome. He deals with the issues of representation and survey of architecture. In particular, he is interested in the study of descriptive geometry through the informatics tools. He is scientific responsible of the Laboratory of Modeling and Digital Visualization for Architecture (LaMoViDA) of the Department of Architecture of University of Bologna. The Laboratory LaMoViDA provides support for the teaching activity of the degree courses activated at the DA and for the PhD in Architecture and Culture of the Project, for the research activity of the scholars and for the activities promoted by the DA within the third mission. He also promotes the development of innovative research in the field of 3D digital representation.

Anna Sirinian
Armenian Cultural Expert with function of facilitator

Anna Sirinian is an associate professor since 2014, she makes research in the field of Armenian Studies. Her interests focus on ancient and medieval Armenian literature, Armenian manuscripts, and documents regarding the historical presence of the Armenians in Italy that are kept in Italian libraries and archives.
She is member of the Academic Board of the PhD program “Literary and Philological Cultures”, and academic supervisor of the exchange program between Unibo and Armenian Universities and Research Centers. She is a member of the Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes (AIEA) and of the Associazione Padus-Araxes (Sezione Armenisti Italiani); an academician of the Classe sul Vicino Oriente of the Accademia Ambrosiana, and a Doctor honoris causa of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.

Chiara Matteucci
Expert technician for permanent training courses on diagnostics and restoration

Since 2001, technical coordinator for the Conservation Science Laboratory, Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna. Senior graduated technician with specialised functions in diagnostics and technical art history, focuses her research interests on science for conservation and diagnostic techniques for preservation and characterization of cultural heritage, with particular reference to paintings. Since 2010, Chiara Matteucci carries out many scientific analysis campaigns for the study of painting technique of different artists, developing an innovative protocol to support authentication processes.

Laura Vici
Expert in management of cultural tourism

Laura Vici is an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Bologna, Italy. Her main research interests are in the area of tourism economics, cultural economics, and applied economics. Her current research is concerned with modelling tourists’ choice process and the impacts of tourism on economic growth.
Other areas of interest include the impact of copyright, open-source, and other intellectual property rights on individual behaviors and choice process.

Sara Fiorentino
Advisor in diagnostic and restoration

Research fellow and PhD in Applied Physics to Cultural Heritage. Since 2012 she has been collaborating on study and consultancy activities related to the field of applied materials science to Cultural Heritage, with specific interest in the study of production technologies and conservation issues of archaeological artefacts and historical building materials. Co-author of several publications in indexed scientific journals, she has participated as a speaker at national and international conferences. Since 2016, she has also been involved in research dissemination activities and public engagement, participating in events as the European Researchers’ Night, Unijunior – the University of Children, Innetworking and Emilia-Romagna OPEN. She is a member of the Italian Association of Archaeometry, from which she received the Youth Award in 2018; in 2017 she also received the Marco Polo award for foreign mobility of young researchers from the University of Bologna.

Alessia Zampini
Advisor for the architectural restoration

PhD Architect, research fellow, adjunct professor. She graduated cum laude in Architecture (2011) at the University of Bologna. After obtaining a Master’s degree in planning and managing archaeological areas, she won a grant for the conservation of the Fossoli Concentration Camp, acquiring knowledge about ruined architecture and intervention after traumatic events. Following this line, thanks to her PhD thesis, she dealt with the effects of WWII on the protection and restoration of monuments in Romagna region and then, as a Research Fellow, further deepened the Conservation of the XX century Heritage (Rationalist Architecture and German bunkers). Being a fellow of an active academic group, she had the chance to attend several international conferences and write papers and essays. She is a young member of the scientific associations SIRA and AISU. As a voluntary commitment to the enhancement of Cultural Heritage, she coordinates a local section of FAI.

Simone Zambruno
Expert advisor in communication and enhancement of cultural heritage

Expert in Digital Heritage, Research fellow and adjunct professor. After his PhD defence in "Computer Graphics for the study and enhancement of cultural heritage", he continued his collaboration with Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna in the 'FrameLAB - Multimedia & Digital Storytelling (multimedia laboratory of the Department of Cultural Heritage, Campus of Ravenna), participating in numerous national and international research projects for shared narrative on specific territorial realities, elements and contexts of relevant historical, artistic and archaeological interest. He is member of the staff of the Master in "Valorizzazione e promozione del turismo e gestione dei beni culturali" (Tourism enhancement and management of Cultural Heritage) of Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, as teacher and tutor, since its first edition. He is currently involved in urban redevelopment and digital transition projects.

Expert in Digital Heritage, Research fellow and adjunct professor. After his PhD defended in “Computer Graphics for the study and enhancement of cultural heritage”, he continued his collaboration with Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna in the ‘FrameLAB – Multimedia & Digital Storytelling (multimedia laboratory of the Department of Cultural Heritage, Campus of Ravenna), participating in numerous national and international research projects for shared narrative on specific territorial realities, elements and contexts of relevant historical, artistic and archaeological interest. He is member of the staff of the Master in “Valorizzazione e promozione del turismo e gestione dei beni culturali” (Tourism enhancement and management of Cultural Heritage) of Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, as teacher and tutor, since its first edition. He is currently involved in urban redevelopment and digital transition projects.

Salvatore Napoli
Specialist in conservation and restoration of ancient and modern cultural heritage

Salvatore Napoli started his career in the field of restoration in 1985, when he founded his own company as a conservationist of paintings on canvas. In the early ‘90s he started restoration projects of frescoes in religious and historical buildings, working throughout Italy and in several Swiss locations. He taught at the Department for Environment Constructions and Design of the SUPSI University (Switzerland), where he trained students in the understanding of the materials, the used artistic techniques, the evaluation of the degradation phenomena present and the correct conservation method to prevent the loss of cultural heritage.
Since 2008 he is co-founder, together with 3 shareholders, of the company CORES4N srl, specialized in conservation and restoration of ancient and modern cultural heritage, whose core business is the restoration of facades, capillary moisture, covering works, structural consolidation and seismic improvement and the restoration of frescoes, stone materials, stuccos and statues. In addition, they operate also in conservation and restoration designs, endoscopic and thermographic investigation services and consulting services in the field of movement and packaging of art.
Salvatore Napoli and CORES4N s.r.l. have always worked in close cooperation with the Italian cultural ministries control bodies (MiBACT), with several Italian universities, such as Università degli Studi di Firenze, Università degli Studi di Milano, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna and the Politecnico di Milano, and external scientific consultants, engineers and architects.
Salvatore Napoli has always been interested to increase his knowledge in different types of restoration techniques and has therefore embraced (in 2008 and 2009) an opportunity to participate in a conservation project in Nazareth (Israel) at the Church of the Annunciation, where he restored the Holy Cave of the Annunciation inside the Basilica and the cave inside the St. Joseph’s Church. www.cores4n.com