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Dr. Sandro Dernini CV



Since early 2000, Dr. Dernini is fostering an enduring transdisciplinary dialogue among international and Mediterranean experts on the revitalization of the Mediterranean diet as a sustainable diet model in the context of the improvement of the sustainability of food systems in the Mediterranean region.



  • 1974: Laurea in Biological Sciences, University of Cagliari
  • 1976: Teaching Habilitation in Natural Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, Italian Ministry of Education
  • 1997: Ph.D in Art Education, School of Education, New York University.


  • Present - 2005, Chairperson, Forum on Mediterranean Food Cultures 
  • Present -2014, Secretary-General, IFMeD-International Foundation of Mediterranean Diet
  • Present -2019, Coordinator, SFS-MED Platform Coordination Desk, an affiliated project of the United Nations One Planet Sustainable Food Systems Programme,  hosted at the CIHEAM-Bari,  under establishment by CIHEAM, FAO and the Union for the Mediterranean.
  • Present - 2018, Senior Advisor of the Director, CIHEAM-Bari, under which he manages as liaison the CIHEAM’s office at the FAO Headquarters in Rome.
  • 2019, Scientific Coordinator, Second World Conference on the Revitalization of the Mediterranean Diet on “Strategies Towards More Sustainable Food Systems in the Mediterranean Region. The Mediterranean Dieta s a Lever for Bridging Consumption and Production in a Sustainable and Healthy Way”, Palermo
  • 2016, Scientific Coordinator, First World Conference of the Mediterranean Diet on “ Revitalizing the Mediterranean Diet: From a Healthy Dietary Pattern to a Healthy Mediterranean Sustainable Lifestyle”
  • 2017 -  2014, Programme Officer Sustainable Food Systems, FAO:
  • In 2014, he received the IACON-SENC Award for Excellence on Food Sustainability  at the III World Congress of Public Health Nutrition, held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
  • 2014 – 2010, International Consultant, FAO
  • 2011 - 2008, Professor, School of Specialization in Food Science, Sapienza University of Rome
  • 2011 - 2006, Coordinator,  CIISCAM (International Interuniversity Centre for Mediterranean Food Cultures Studies), established by the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the University of Tuscia in Viterbo, the University of Calabria, and the University of Parma
  • 2010 - 2007, Head of the Office of the President, Italian National Research Institute on Food and Nutrition (INRA)
  • In 2007, he was appointed by the Minister of Agriculture of Italy as a member of the Italian Technical Committee for the inclusion of the Mediterranean Diet in the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity 
  • 2002 - 2000, International Consultant, FAO, under which he developed a concept framework for the creation of a FAO Network of the Centres of Excellences on Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition.
  • 1999 - 1995, Coordinator, Consortium on the Well-Being in the XXI Century, under which  on the occasion of the 1996 World Food Summit, in collaboration with the FAO Food and Nutrition Division, he organized  the special event” From Welfare to Well Being: Eating Art, Get the Best From Your Food, Food For All”, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni of Rome, November 1996.
  • 1999 - 1994, Coordinator, Interdepartmental Well-Being Study Centre on the Quality of Life of the University of Cagliari, under which he organized and coordinated the scientific programme of three international symposia on Food Security and Well-Being in the XXI Century.
  • 1992-1989, Coordinator, Christopher  Columbus  Consortium, New York, under which the occasion of 500th Anniversary of Columbus’, he organized the International Columbus Reconciliation Forum on the Well-Being in the XXI Century, Island of San Pietro, Sardinia, Italy, October 1992.
  • 1980-1982, Executive Director, Centre for Italian Contemporary Culture, New York University.
  • 1979-1974, Researcher, Institute of Biochemisty, Sapienza University of Rome

Since early 80s, Sandro Dernini is coordinating   Plexus International, an informal network of artists and scientists that is still playing a seminal role in the conception and realization of  numerous collaborative,  cross-cultural, art&science events, linking the notion of  "art" and “food” to  the concept of  "well-being" - as a multicultural paradigm enhancing the quality of life in the community.