Erminia SCIACCHITANO is currently Policy officer at the European Commission DG Education and Culture - Cultural diversity and innovation Unit, in charge of cultural heritage policies and economy of culture.
Architect, trained in heritage conservation, she joined the Italian Ministry for Heritage, Culture and Tourism in 2000. Since then she has been project manager of EU funded projects of research applied to cultural heritage, Regional Management Support Unit for the Euromed Heritage II programme, Head of International Relations Unit of the DG for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Head of Research Unit of the DG for the Valorisation of Cultural Heritage.
She has been member of numerous national and European committees and working groups, in a broad spectrum of national and international
activities: artists mobility, contemporary creation, sustainable architecture, cultural tourism, creative economy, and access and participation to culture. She coordinated the dossier for the Italian signature of the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (Faro 2005) and in 2013 she Chaired the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape of the Council of Europe, where she has been national delegate since 2008.
The fil rouge is to nurture deeper awareness on heritage societal and economic values for an alternative model of development where culture, heritage and landscape are fundamental resources for the quality of life in Europe.
Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University in Roma, she holds a PhD in Architectural surveys and a Master’s degree in European Studies and International Negotiations.