YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FORUM 2023, EMERGING SKILLS FOR HERITAGE CONSERVATION. How Leadership, Strategy and Networking operate on Preventive Conservation

Discover the activities scheduled from April 5 to June 30 and participate in the "Call for Training" to live a unique experience in one of the majestic Savoy Residences on 28, 29 and 30 June 2023!

tot. 8 modules

A summary of the course

Online: Opening Webinar, Interactive Workshops, Experts Meetings, Final Event and Access to the Young Professionals Community!
Participate in the "Call for Training" from 9 to 25 May to live a unique experience in one of the majestic Savoy Residences on 28, 29 and 30 June!
FULL COURSE: 120€ includes all the free contents + Interactive Workshops, Experts Meeting and access to "Call for Training"! FREE: Opening Webinar, Final Event and access to the Young Professionals Community!


  • Enhance the management, strategy and digital networking skills applied to the theme of preventive conservation;
  • Create awareness of documentation and communication activities, risk management and contextual analysis;
  • Develop a multidisciplinary and transversal approach in an international context;


How leadership, strategy and networking operate on preventive conservation is the leitmotiv of the fourth edition of the Young Professionals Forum, Emerging skills for heritage conservation the international sharing platform designed by the Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale”(CCR) together with the most prestigious international organizations for the preservation of cultural heritage. The main objective of the Forum is to enable easier access and positioning of cultural heritage professionals, thanks to the skills acquired and networks created.

The Forum is structured in a series of live and ondemand content. Each partner will decline the theme with workshop activities (Workshops) and tutoring (Experts Meeting). The course will conclude with a workshop in presence in Venaria Reale followed by the final event of sharing results with the international community.

The initiative is addressed to students and young professionals of cultural heritage and related disciplines.
Check out the detailed PROGRAMME of the initiative.

The course can be purchased in a single FULL formula, at a cost of 120 € with the possibility of applying for scholarships to cover the total fee. Reductions are planned for students and ICOM, IIC, ICOMOS and IGIIC members from April 12, 2023. Discover all the FREE content and expand your network!

6 winners of a Call for Training, open from May 9 to 25, will have the opportunity to live a unique experience in presence in one of the majestic Savoy Royal Residences in Piemonte from 28, 29 and 30 June 2023! The winners will participate in "Preservation protocol for collections in Historical Residences", the final workshop organized by the CCR dedicated to preventive conservation and the final in presence event. Call for Training is reserved for those who have purchased the FULL course or have been awarded an IIC, Amici del CCR or Regione Piemonte Scholarship.
The fellowships are sponsored by Fondazione Magnetto and IIC.

In addition, we will award a fellowship, sponsored by Regione Piemonte, for a candidate coming from Syria presenting a focused on risk asset protection project in crisis areas. The winner will join the Young Professionals Forum 2023 and will be the protagonist of the opening of new relationships and different cultural and professional perspectives, perfect ambassador of the values that the Young Professionals Forum supports: openness, internationality, dialogue between cultures, desire to experience different and distant realities and to identify common reasons for exchange and growth. Click here to join the call for Syria from March 31 to May 23, 2023.

IIC is supporting 10 scholarships to participate in the online programme this year with preference for IIC members covering registration fees only. IIC are particularly keen to support individuals in priority regions and emerging economies especially Latin America and Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia. This reflects IIC's commitment to making opportunities for learning and professional development more widely available, and affordable, across every region of the world. The IIC sponsored places will be open to students engaged in a university or learning programme for conservation, as well as early career practicing conservators currently engaged in either a public or a private capacity. Applicants who have registered and paid for a full place on the course are not eligible to apply for an IIC Scholarship. To participate in the IIC call click here from March 31 to April 26, 2023.

Associazione Amici della Reggia e del Centro di Restauro "La Venaria Reale" promotes scholarships to cover the total amount available to graduates or university students of the Degree Course in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage of the University of Turin and the Conservation and Restoration Center "La Venaria Reale" (CCR).

Scholarships are also offered to Syrian young professionals under the Regione Piemonte Cooperation project Enhancing skills for Heritage Conservation 2022-2023: Piemonte - Syria Knowledge Exchange.
Are you a Syrian young professionals? Write us an email at to discover how to obtain your scholarship!

Consult the REGULATION of the initiative here.
For any doubt do not hesitate to contact us:



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  • Broadband internet connection
  • Speaker or earphones
  • Microphone and webcam



Sara Abram

Art historian, she studied at the University of Turin and at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. She has participated in research projects on the history of restoration and on museums and archives of the 20th century. Since 2006, she has worked at the Conservation Restoration Center Foundation “La Venaria Reale,” where she has been in charge of the field of conservation of contemporary works of art, paper and photography and ceramics, glass and metals. She oversaw the acquisition of archival funds related to the history of contemporary art (Martano Gallery Fund) and the history of restoration (Pinin Brambilla Archives). Former director of the Organization and Development area, she coordinated the Center’s multi-year strategic plan on the three axes dedicated to Internationalization, Innovation and Culture. Since 2020, she holds the position of Secretary General of the CCR.


Valerie Magar

Valerie Magar holds a BA in conservation of movable heritage (Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía, Mexico) and a PhD in archaeology (Université de Paris I, Sorbonne, France), who has specialized in the conservation of archaeological heritage, particularly mural paintings and rock art, as well as in history and theory of conservation.

She has worked in Mexico, at the Coordinación Nacional de Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural (CNCPC) of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH). She was national Coordinator of INAH between 2013 and 2016. Between 2004 and 2010, she worked at ICCROM as a conservation specialists, and she returned to ICCROM in 2018, where is manager of the Programmes Unit. She is a member if ICOM, ICOMOS and the World Archaeological Congress (WAC)
She has published on different issues in archaeological conservation, heritage management, and history and theory of conservation. She has participated as an editor for several journals in the past, and is currently the editor of Conversaciones…, co-published by INAH and ICCROM.


Valeria Arrabito

Valeria Arrabito is the youngest General Director of the Italian Committee of the International Council of Museums. She manages the Italian Secretariat, in collaboration with the ICOM International Secretariat in Paris.

She has organized and supervised over 50 national and international Conferences on important topics such as: Museology, Museography, Museum Management and Communication. And she has closely worked with Public Museums, Foundations, enterprises, NGO, Intergovernmental Organization, Ministries, National and Regionals’ Cultural Department, etc. She managed as well the organization and supervision of exceptional events like the 24° General Conference ICOM in 2016 (that was held for the 2nd time of the history of ICOM in Italy and specifically in Milan) and yearly, since she was employed by ICOM, the International Museum Day. Thanks to her studies and her knowledge she is involved in the valorisation of the cultural heritage, following as a consultant museums and non-profit organizations. She is also a visiting professor in several Italian Universities.

Valeria Arrabito studied Geography in Milan majoring in Sustainable Tourism on Cultural Heritage Sites. For four years, she worked at the Italian Touring Club as a Data Scientist on the development of Tourism marketing plans and strategies. Through data analysis and on-site visits, she conducted the audit of the main assessment criteria used for the evaluation of the Orange Flag’ Award (she personally visited more than 150 towns throughout Italy).The Orange Flag is an award for Quality Recognition given by the Touring Club Italiano to small towns. The selection criteria are excellency in tourism, hospitality and environment.The Orange Flag Award is the only Italian project of its kind to be listed by the WTO among programs for the sustainable development of tourism. She then widened her education attending several master and specialization courses regarding the management of the non-profit organizations with a main focus on the fundraising and the management of the human resources, the relationships with the investors and the sponsors and the connections with the public administration. She has also acquired a deeper knowledge of the italian legal aspects connected to the “Third Sector Code” (in Italian, Enti del Terzo Settore – ETS), the code of law that regulate the non-profit organizations in Italy.


Maria Teresa Jaquinta

Member of the Italian Committee of ICOMOS (International Council of Museums and Sites) and Delegate for Italy to the International Scientific Committee of ICOMOS for Conservation Education (ICOMOS-CIF) and Member of ICOM (International Council of Museums). Former ICCROM official, (http:/// ). From 1992 to 2003 she managed programmes in the countries of the Mediterranean region under the NAMEC programme (conservation of historic cities in North Africa and the Near and Middle East – 1992-2001). She coordinated the study for the transfer of Axum Stele (1997-2001) and contributed to the drafting of the international architecture competition for the New Egypt Museum of Gizah (1998-2001). From 2004 to 2021, she oversaw ICCROM’s external relations with the host country’s institutions and with member countries. She began her career at the National Archaeological Museum of Chieti. From 1987 until 1991, she was part of the ICCROM program “Science and Conservation”; and coordinated the educational laboratory “Scientific principles of conservation”. In 1991, in the Architecture Conservation Programme, she coordinated the training initiatives in developing countries in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Directorate-General for Development Cooperation. She holds lectures and courses in various universities, both Italian and foreign. Architect, since 1997, she has been part of the Professional Order of Architects, Landscape and Conservators (CNAPPC) and is a member of the Cultural Commission of the Order of the City of Chieti.


Sarah Stannage

As a Clore Fellow and Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Sarah often draws on her professional experience and track record for co production and community-led work. Sarah first trained as a Conservator-Restorer at Lincoln University qualifying in 2004 and has degrees in Environmental Decision Making, Policy and Ethics as well as Strategic Management and Finance. Having spent several years in Peterborough, UK with Opportunity Peterborough (and Urban Regeneration Company) and as Head of Heritage responsible for museums, collections and an archaeological wetland site at Flag Fen, Sarah played an early and instrumental role in supporting the conservation of the internationally significant Bronze Age discoveries at Must Farm in the UK. She has guest lectured at the University of Leicester Museum Studies department and contributed as an engagement advisor for a major five-year interdisciplinary research project, Understanding Everyday Participation, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Sarah has over 15 years of experience in museums and heritage regeneration including as a sustainability champion and working at Chief Executive level in the charity and environmental sectors.

Current Role:
In 2018 Sarah was appointed as the first Executive Director of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. In this role Sarah is focusing on the strategic development of the Institute, in its mission to bring together conservators and cultural heritage specialists around the world educating, enabling and recognising excellence.


Alessio Re

Secretary General of Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture, Architect, PhD, MA in Economics of Culture, expert in cultural heritage and economic development. Expert in cultural heritage management, he is UNESCO and ITC-ILO consultant, contract professor at the University of Turin and University of Pisa. He coordinates the Master in Cultural Property Protection in Crisis Response and the Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development, and participates in the coordination council of the Master in World Heritage and cultural projects for development, the Master in World Natural Heritage Management (until 2017), the Master in Cultural Property Protection and the MaB UNESCO Monviso Youth Camp.


Giulia Avanza

She is researcher at the Fondazione Santagata, where she is also in charge of international projects. She holds a Master in Economics and Management for Arts and Culture from Bocconi University in Milan and a Diploma in International Cooperation and Development from ISPI in Milan. Her previous experience in cultural cooperation include a year of fieldwork in Peru on an EU-funded initiative for the promotion of intangible cultural heritage, and assignments at the AICS Office in Cuba on cultural-based local development initiatives, in North Macedonia for knowledge exchange and capacity-building with the Ministry of Culture, and in Turkey, for harnessing stakeholder participation in the management of Izmir agora archaeological site. In Italy, Giulia worked on applied research projects for several public cultural institutions, mainly in the field of cultural heritage management, intangible heritage safeguard and local development. Since 2020, she is Adjunct professor of Art Economics and Art Market at Brera Fine Art Academy, in Milan.


Alberto Garlandini

Alberto Garlandini is a museologist and expert in the management of cultural heritage. He is Past President of ICOM (2020-2022); President of ICOM Foundation; President of ICOM International Museum Research and Exchange Centre, Shanghai, China; Chair of the Governing Board of the International Journal of Intangible Heritage, Seoul, Korea; President of the Scientific Committee of Trento’s MUSE – Museo delle Scienze; President of the Abbonamento Musei Association. He is in the Scientific Committee of Brescia Musei Foundation, in the Board of Directors of Federculture, the Federation of Public Services for Culture, Tourism, Sport and Leisure; in the Board of Directors of Museum Ruffoni Foundation, Isola Pescatori, Stresa. He was Director General Culture and Cinema of Regione Lombardia (2010-2013); President of ICOM Italy (2010-2014), President of the Organising Committee of ICOM General Conference in Milan (2016); in the Board of Directors of the National Museum of Palazzo Ducale in Mantua (2015-2020), President of Museo del Paesaggio in Verbania (2021-2022). He delivers lectures at universities and international conferences and has been widely published in Italian, English, French and Spanish.


Lorenzo Appolonia

Lorenzo Appolonia, graduate in chemistry at the University of Turin.
Lecturer in science subjects in mathematics and science, at the Superintendency of Studies in Turin. Laboratory technician on assignment at the Cernaia Diagnostic Centre. Volunteer for diagnostics (analysis performer for the study of equilibrium constants of dopa systems) -University of Turin. Scholarship for training in the field of diagnostics for cultural heritage (analysis and coordination with the technicians designated in the training course) – REGIONE VALLE D’AOSTA. Professional assignment: Responsible for setting up the scientific analysis laboratory of the Superintendence – REGIONE VALLE D’AOSTA. Lecturer (lecturer at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on wood conservation issues) Lecturer (lecturer at the school of restoration of Madaba in Jordan on mosaic conservation issues) – Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Contract Professor (Professor on the Conservation of Archaeological Ceramic Materials) – ICCROM. Rockefeller Museum of Jerusalem – Head of service of the Archaeological and Diagnostic Goods Service – REGIONE VALLE D’AOSTA. Director of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage Protection – REGIONE VALLE D’AOSTA. Director of the Cultural Heritage Directorate – REGIONE VALLE D’AOSTA. Director of the Archaeological and Landscape Heritage Directorate – REGIONE VALLE D’AOSTA. Adjunct Professor – Degree course in sciences and technologies for restoration and training of restorers – University of Turin. Director of the structure Research and co-financed projects – REGIONE VALLE D’AOSTA.


Federica Pozzi

PhD in Chemical Sciences, is Director of the Scientific Laboratories of the Centro Conservazione Restauro “La Venaria Reale”. While having experience with different materials and analytical techniques, her research has focused on the analysis of pigments and dyes in artifacts of archaeological, historical, and artistic significance with Raman and SERS spectroscopies. From 2010 to 2021 she held positions at various museums and universities in the United States, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the City College of the City University of New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Art Institute of Chicago. 


Silvia Sabato

Economist with experience in strategic and financial planning, development and management of public institutions, consortia and foundations with public participation. Solid skills in planning, management of complex projects, fundraising and international development for territories, companies and cultural institutions. She has been Responsible for strategic and international development, fundraising, marketing, project development at the CCR since 2109 and of the Young Professionals Forum; Responsible for territorial marketing of the cultural and tourist circuit of the Royal Residences at the Consortium of the Royal Residences of Savoy, Reggia di Venaria from 2018 to 2020; Business Promotion Executive Manager at Ceipiemonte S.c.p.a, Regional Agency for International Development, from 2008 to 2017; Head of the Documentation and International Trade Office at the Turin Chamber of Commerce from 1994 to 2008. Long experience in relationships with multilateral organisations such as the United Nations System (UNDP, UNESCO, ILO), World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, African Development Bank.  Lecturer in courses for the MABIC of the Milan Polytechnic, for the Faculty of Economics of the University of Turin, for the Italian Ministry of Labour and for a UN-ILO project, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for local entrepreneurs on techniques for participating in international tenders.


Stefania De Blasi

Stefania De Blasi is an art historian, specializing in the history of decorative arts and PhD in History of restoration and art criticism. She has collaborated on national research and cataloguing projects with the University of Turin, the Piedmontese Superintendences and Italian museums. Since 2006 she has been working at the Conservation and Restoration Centre “La Venaria Reale” (CCR) where she has coordinated as a historian of the art of reference the restoration sectors of Wooden Furniture, Textile Artefacts and numerous national and international projects on Museum Residences. Today she is responsible for the Communication and Documentation Area and manages the CCR’s library and archives. She has curated numerous exhibitions, conferences and publications and is the reference of curatorial projects and valorization for the assets of the Foundation Order of Mauritius, in particular for the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi. She is a specialist lecturer for CCR preventive conservation programmes. She has taught and written about restoration history, museology, art market, connoisseurship and history of decorative arts.


Michela Cardinali

In 2000, after completing her studies at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione e Restauro dei Beni Culturali in Rome (ISCR) she graduates in Technologies for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage at the Faculty of Conservation of Cultural Heritage of the University of Tuscia in Viterbo. In 2006 she starts working as Conservator for the Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale” (CCR) and as Lecturer for the University of Turin. In 2011 she is entrusted with technical responsibility for the conservation treatments carried out at the CCR and the following year she is appointed Director of the Conservation Laboratories. As Director of the Advanced Training School (SAF) she deals with advanced training in the field of cultural heritage at a national and international level, and with the ongoing cooperation among the CCR, UNITO and SUSCOR for the Master’s Degree. On behalf of the CCR she is part of projects concerning conservation, training, interdisciplinary studies and digital innovation at a national and international level.


Dominique Scalarone

Role: Associate Professor of Chemistry for the Environment and for Cultural Heritage
Dominique Scalarone graduated with honours in Chemistry in 1998. From 1998 to 2001 she carried out research activity on the characterisation and ageing behaviour of natural and synthetic organic painting materials at the University of Torino and at the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). In 2001 she obtained her PhD in Chemistry and in 2005 she became Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Torino continuing her studies on organic painting materials and extending her research interests to high-performance protective coatings and nanomaterials for an effective removal of emerging pollutants. Since 2018 she is Associate Professor in the academic discipline “Chemistry for the Environment and for Cultural Heritage”. From 2018 to 2021 she coordinated the European project CAPuS, Conservation of Art in Public Spaces (Erasmus Plus – Knowledge Alliances), whose main aims were the definition of guidelines for the conservation and protection of urban artworks and the design of a multidisciplinary training module on urban art conservation. Ongoing projects concern the development of sustainable conservation strategies for street art, the study of the vulnerability to degradation of art materials, the development of analytical protocols to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation treatments. Dominique collaborates with numerous Italian and foreign research institutes and groups. She authored and co-authored more than 70 refereed publications including research articles on international scientific journals and 4 book chapters.


Francesca Cardinali

Francesca Cardinali completed her master’s degree in “Science and technology for the conservation and the restoration of Cultural Heritage” at the University of Perugia (Italy) in 2010. She followed by specializing herself working as researcher, toward the promotion of sustainable conservation methods, and as conservator. She aspires to support and encourage a greater scientific and aware approach across fields of Cultural Heritage, building up international connections and promoting multidisciplinary exchanges to better highlight the vital role of Cultural Heritage within the sustainable development process. Since January 2020, she is the head of SiC Italia, the regional branch of SiC established to create a renewed climate with emphasis on sustainability within the field of Cultural Heritage conservation in Italia. SiC Italia aims to encourage related activities, offer advice and education, support for managing projects, foster dissemination and develop innovative research projects and collaborations.


Chiara Manfriani

After graduating in late 2016 from an MSc programme in Conservation Science at Florence University, Chiara joined the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL, Netherlands) where she was a fellow for two years working with Maastricht University Science Programme and M4I. In 2020 she started working with a section of the Natural History Museum of Florence University and Opificio Delle Pietre Dure (OPD) in Florence on a preventive conservation project, focusing on climate control. She is now a PhD candidate at the DAGRI Department of Florence University, developing IoT strategies for sustainable climate control in museums and conservation laboratories, with a focus on wooden artefacts. Since 2020 she has been volunteering with Ki Culture and the Sustainability in Conservation (SiC) Italian branch and contributed to Ki Culture Energy Ki Book.