Conference Committee

Unfortunately the REACH conference planned for the 4-5 June 2020 in Pisa has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The REACH’s Conference Committee will select the proposals and all posters/videos approved will be published on the poster gallery section of REACH final conference website.

The Conference Committee of the REACH Final Conference is composed by:

Dr. Mauro Fazio - Ministry of Economic Development

Prof. Neil Forbes, REACH Project Coordinator - Coventry University

Dr. Antonella Fresa, REACH Network Coordinator - Promoter S.r.l.

Prof. Gabor Sonkoly, Leader of Critical Review and Model Building work package of the REACH project - ELTE University

Mauro Fazio – MISE - received the M.Sc degree in Economics from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1984 and the Banking specialization in the same year. Since 1985 he has been with the Ministry of Communications (now Ministry of Economic Development), serving as director of the Statistics Office since 1996. Since June 2009 he has been serving as director of the Head of Department Office of the Department of Communications within the MISE. For more than twenty years, Mr. Fazio has been involved in international activities in the telecommunication sector, with increasing responsibilities gained over time. He has been Coordinator of the EC Project CIVIC EPISTEMOLOGIES (FP7 Infrastructures). He is currently responsible for the preparation of the budget and for the strategic, operational and financial plan of the Ministry of Economic Development. He is also involved in activities for the development of the Cultural Centre of the Ministry of Economic Development, and its Museum of History of Communication.


Prof. Neil Forbes, REACH Project Coordinator - Coventry University– is Professor of International History at Coventry University, UK. His research interests and publications lie in the fields of Cultural Heritage (conflict, contested landscapes and the memorialisation of war), the interaction of foreign policy formulation with the practices of multinational enterprise during the interwar years, the processes of financial stabilisation after the First World War, and Anglo-American relations and the rise of the Third Reich. He has played a leading role in several research projects, including a £1m digitisation and creative archiving project in association with the UK’s BT and The National Archives, and has recently acted as Co-ordinator of the EU’s FP7 RICHES project - Renewal, Innovation and Change: Heritage and European Society. He is a member of several professional associations and other bodies.


Antonella Fresa, REACH Network Coordinator - ICT expert, Director of Design and General Manager at Promoter SRL, she has been working on European cooperation projects since the nineties. Since 2002, she is Technical Coordinator and Communication Manager of national and European projects in the domains of digital cultural heritage, creativity and co-creation, citizen science, smart cities, digital preservation and eInfrastructures. From 2002 to 2012, she has been advisor of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, technical coordinator of the Ministry’s EC funded projects on digitisation, and from its establishment until 2012 Member of the Concertation Table between the Ministry of Culture (MiBAC) and the Ministry of Research (MIUR). From 1999 to 2002, she was Project Officer by the European Commission in Brussels. Previously, adviser of innovation agencies, Italian and European enterprises, universities and research centres. From 1980 until 1989 researcher at Olivetti in Pisa, Ivrea and Cupertino (CA, USA). She has been reviewer in the Call for the Portuguese National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of Strategic Relevance (FCT, Portugal) and for the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH). She regularly serves as independent expert and evaluator for the European Commission. She is Vice-President of the PHOTOCONSORTIUM International Association for valuing photographic heritage and she is enterprise fellow at Coventry University. Founding member of IDEA - International Digital Epigraphy Association.


Prof. Gábor Sonkoly  - ELTE University - (CSc, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1998; Ph.D. EHESS, Paris, 2000; Dr. habil. ELTE, Budapest, 2008; DSc, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2017) is a Professor of History, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Director of the Doctoral School of History at Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest. He is the author of Les villes en Transylvanie moderne, 1715-1857 (2011) and Historical Urban Landscape (2017). He published three monographs in Hungarian, edited four volumes and wrote more than seventy articles and book chapters on urban history, urban heritage and critical history of cultural heritage. He presented at more than hundred international colloquia and was a guest professor in eleven countries of five continents. He is the scientific coordinator of TEMA+ Erasmus Mundus European Master’s Course entitled European Territories: Heritage and Development. He is Member of the Panel for European Heritage Label. He is an active EC expert since 2016. He is the Knight of the French Order of Academic Palms (2011).