The Scientific Council, the main advisory body which helps identify fields and projects to which UNESCO Office in Venice may contribute  - is composed of nine members, including a Chairperson, appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO, in agreement with the Government of Italy after consultation with the Steering Committee.

The Scientific Council meets at least once a year. The Director General of UNESCO, in consultation with the Government of Italy, draws up the provisional Rules of Procedure of the Scientific Council.

Lorenc Bejko (Albania)

© Lorenc Bejko - KOBAS Archaeological Project

© Lorenc Bejko - KOBAS Archaeological Project

2014. Scientific Council Member. Culture

Lorenc Bejko is a professor of Archaeology and Heritage Management at the University of Tirana. He has an MA in Archaeology from the Boston University and a Ph.D. from the Academy of Sciences of Albania. He is specialized in prehistoric archaeology with a special interest in the Bronze and Iron Ages of Albania and the neighboring regions. His interests include methods and theory in archaeology, social and comparative studies in issues of early complex societies, archaeological conservation, heritage and contemporary society, landscape archaeology, archaeological education. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in many regions of Albania and directed/co-directed over 7 multi-disciplinary projects. He has worked for the Institute of Archaeology of the Albanian Academy of Sciences and served as director of the Albanian Rescue Archaeology Unit, director of the Institute of Cultural Monuments of the Albanian Ministry of Culture. Since 2008, he teaches at the University of Tirana. He is member of many professional organizations among which the Archaeological Institute of America and the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management.

Contact : Prof. Lorenc Bejko
Head of the Department of Archaeology
and Cultural Heritage Studies
University of Tirana
Rruga Dëshmorët e 4 Shkurtit
Green Park 2
1000 Tirana (Albania)

E-mail : bejkolorenc5(at)
Website (URL) :

Biserka Cvjeticanin (Croatia)

© Biserka Cvjetičanin

© B. Cvjetičanin - Culturelink Network Books

2012. Scientific Council Member. Culture, Communication and Information

Biserka Cvjetičanin is a senior scientific researcher at the Institute for International Relations with professional experience in researching cultural development, cultural policies and international scientific and cultural cooperation-related issues. She is a founding director of the Culturelink Network of Networks for Research and Cooperation in Cultural Development, established in 1989 by UNESCO and the Council of Europe. She holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature and has led numerous research projects in the area of cultural diversity and intercultural communication. She is the author and editor of numerous publications including Networks: The Evolving Aspects of Culture in the 21st Century (2011). She delivers lectures at postgraduate studies at universities abroad. She served as member of the UNESCO Administrative Council of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (2004-2008) and was a member of the advisory board of the UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity (2006-2009).
Contact : Prof. Biserka Cvjetičanin
Director of Culturelink Network and Scientific Researcher
Institute for International Relations (IMO)
Ul. Lj. F. Vukotinovića 2 - P.O. Box 303
10000 Zagreb (Croatia)

E-mail : biserka(at)
Website (URL) : ;

Dragan Domazet (Serbia)

© Dragan Domazet

© D. Domazet - Signing an agreement with CERN

2012. Scientific Council Member. Natural Sciences, Education

Dragan S. Domazet is Professor, Rector and founder of Belgrade Metropolitan University. He was the Minister for Science, Technology and Development in the Government of Serbia (2001-2004) and has been working on policy creation in education, research and innovation. He was one of the experts who prepared the new Serbian education strategy (2011/12) and coordinated the team of experts who developed the segment of the strategy on higher education. Currently, he is preparing the action plan for the implementation of this strategy. He has been the peer reviewer of FP7 project proposals and worked for 7 years in Singapore (1994-2001) for the Gintic Institute of Manufacturing Technology (now Simtec) and taught at Nayang Technological University. He was a Fulllbright Fellow (1990/91) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) doing research in Artificial Intelligence and knowledge-based systems. His current research interests are in the area of adaptive and personalized e-learning.
Contact : Prof. Dragan Domazet
Rector of the Belgrade Metropolitan University
Tadeuša Košćuška 63
11000 Belgrade (Serbia) 

E-mail : Dragan.domazet(at)
Website (URL) :

Valeria Fol (Bulgaria)

©Valeria Fol

© V. Fol – Kazanlak tomb

2012. Scientific Council Member. Culture

Valeria Fol is a Professor in the Institute for Balkan Studies with Center of Thracology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS). She is a member of the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency and Director of the Institute for Research, Management and Preservation of Cultural-Historical Heritage at the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies. She obtained an M.Sc. in Ancient and Medieval History from Sofia University, a Ph.D. in Art (Antiquity) from the Institute of Art Studies - BAS, and a Doctorate of Science in Ancient History and Thracology from the Institute for Balkan Studies with Centre of Thracology (BAS). She is the author of nine books and over a hundred articles, studies and presentations.
Contact : Prof. Valeria Fol 
Center of Thracology
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
13, Moskovska Str.
1000 Sofia (Bulgaria)
E-mail : valeriafol(at); valeriafol(at)
Website (URL):;; ;

Gianni Francesco Mattioli (Italy)

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© Book cover of “Nuclear: whom it benefits? Tehnologies, risks, costs”

2012. Scientific Council Member. Natural Sciences

Gianni Mattioli is a retired professor of Physics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He currently serves as a senior professor of Energetics and Sustainability at the “Cooperazione e progettazione per lo sviluppo” Master course at the Faculty of Engineering. He has been involved in research and teaching of Nuclear Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Mathematical Physics, and Energetics; he is also active in researching Climate Change and Sustainability. He has been given awards by the Italian Physical Society and has published articles in peer-reviewed international journals, a book of Physics (La Matematica della Natura, Rome, 2009), and is co-author of several books on Energetics and Sustainability. He has been member of the Italian Parliament and of the Italian Government as Under-Secretary of State for Public Works and as Secretary of State for EU Politics. He is a leading member of the UNESCO DESS Scientific Committee and member of the Italian National Environment Council.
Contact : Gianni Francesco Mattioli
Senior Professor of Energetics and Sustainability
University of Rome “La Sapienza”
Piazzale Aldo Moro 2
185 Rome (Italy)
E-mail : giannifrancesco.mattioli(at)
Website (URL) :

Danielle Mazzonis (Italy)

©LaVoz - Danielle Mazzonis

© Biblioteca Crociera

2012. Scientific Council Member. Culture, Communication and Information

Danielle Mazzonis is a member of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, an adjunct professor at the IULM and a senior consultant on Latin America local development for IADB and OECD. She graduated in Chemistry at the University of Rome, started her career as researcher at the National Research Council and later at ENEA. She was a visiting fellow at the Queen Mary College - London University, researching on the structural aspects of biological systems and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she specialised in innovation processes and their effects on economic and social development. From 1993-2001 she was President and General Manager of ERVET, the development Agency of Emilia Romagna Region. From 2001 she served as Advisor at the Ministry of Treasury and as consultant at the National Agency for Modernisation of Public Administration (Formez). She also served as Under Secretary of State in the Italian government, in charge of Cultural Heritage and UNESCO (2006-2008).
Contact : Prof. Danielle Mazzonis
Adjunct Professor
Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione (IULM)
Via Carlo Bo 1
Milan (Italy)
E-mail : d.mazzonis(at)
Website (URL) :


Federica Olivares (Italy)

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©Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs -

2012. Scientific Council Member. Culture

Federica Olivares is a publisher in Italy and in the USA. She was formerly the Cultural Counselor to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for supporting the Minister in the strategy for cultural diplomacy activities. A university professor, she has been published in Italy and USA and is a member the Arts, Media and Communication Department at Università Cattolica; here she is a contract professor of “Cultural events management” and since 2005  Director of the Master’s Program in “Art events management” and Director of “City Innovation Lab”.  Since 1987 she has worked in the fields of economics, media studies and visual art, publishing for major American art and culture institutions in New York. From 1996-1998 she was a member of the RAI Board of Directors and since 2005 the only non-American member of the Council for the Arts at  MIT. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò at New York University and since May 2002 she is a member of the Board of Piccolo Teatro of Milan, Theater of Europe.
Contact : Prof. Federica Olivares
(Assistant: Alice Bettin)
Via Borgogna 7, 20121 Milan
Tel: +39 02 76003602/ Fax: +39 02 76018474

E-mail : olivares(at)


Huub Rijnaarts (Netherlands)

© Huub Rijnaarts

© Wageningen University

2012. Scientific Council Member. Natural Sciences

Huub H.M. Rijnaarts studied Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University (WU), and received a PhD (1994) for his research on microbial adhesion on solid surfaces and biodegradation of halogenated compounds in groundwater and soils. He has built up and led applied research groups on biotechnological removal of hazardous organic chemicals in water, groundwater, and sediments at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and Deltares (1994- 2009). He was scientific director of a TNO-WU joint research initiative on groundwater bioremediation from 1995-2005, supporting 20 PhD and postdocs. Within Europe he initiated large EU research and technological development (RTD) projects. He is member of the science board of Deltares, partner professor in TTI WETSUS, Chairman of the sub-department of Environmental Technology and of the cluster Bio-based Science & Technology at Wageningen University, and Scientific Chairman of the international conference AquaConSoil. (read full cv)
Contact : Prof. Huub Rijnaarts
Professor of Environment and Water Technology
Dept. of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences
Wageningen University
P.O. Box 17
6700 AA Wageningen (Netherlands)
E-mail : Huub.rijnaarts(at)
Website (URL) :

Semir Zeki (United Kingdom of Great Britain)

© Semir Zeki

© S. Zeki ­- Squaring the circle (2011)

2012. Scientific Council Member. Natural Sciences, Education

Semir Zeki is a Professor of Neuroesthetics at the University College London (UCL), after having served as a Professor of Neurobiology there. He pioneered the study of how the primate visual brain is organized. He also pioneered the study of the neural correlates of aesthetic experience and creativity, relying on insights from the humanities to learn more about brain organization. He has authored A Vision of the Brain, Inner Vision: an exploration of art and the brain, and Splendours and Miseries of the Brain, and was co-author with the French painter Balthus of La Quête de l'essentiel and with Ludovica Lumer of La bella e la bestia: arte e neuroscienza. His artistic work was exhibited at the Luigi Pecci Museum of Contemporary Art in Milan: Bianco su bianco: oltre Malevich. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society. He has received numerous awards, including the King Faisal International Prize in Biology.
Contact : Prof. Semir Zeki
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Division of Biosciences - University College London
17 Queen Square
London - WC1N 3AR (UK)

E-mail : s.zeki(at)
Website (URL) :

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