Sonia Massari

Dr Sonia Massari is the Academic Director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Signature programs in Rome and Director at Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies in Rome. In addition, she teaches at ROMA Tre University (MA in Economics - Course: " Sustainability Design Thinking" and MA in Intercultural Communication and Tourism) and collaborates with the Gastronomic Sciences Department. She is a faculty member at ISIA Design School ( MA in Systemic Design - Course: " Sociology of Changes/Food System design" ) as well as at the Scuola Politecnica Design (MA in Food Design). Since 2012 she is a scientific consultant and senior researcher for the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation. In 2012, she won the International "Le Tecnovisionarie" Women Innovation Award, a prize which publicly recognises women who have demonstrated an ability to combine creativity and innovation in order to improve quality of life, in particular in the area of food and nutrition, and in 2014, she won the NAFSA TLS Knowledge Community's Innovative Research in International Education Award (Introducing design in the food studies curricula). She is currently coordinating the ADI INDEX Food Design commission and is a scientific consultant for a national TV show on food and agriculture in Italy. She is a member of the board of ASFS (Association for the Study of Food and Society), she is member of Canadian Association Food and Society (CAFS) and the WE for EXPO - Women for Empowerment network. She is member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Food Design and Frontiers Journal (on Sustainability). Since 2015, she is collaborating with the JRC European Commission Science Hubs as professional trainer for scientists.