The third edition of RO.ME Museum Exhibition, the professional and international platform for institutions and companies operating in museums, culture and art, in a renewed format, under the patronage of the UNESCO Italian National Commission, launches the “Santagata Foundation Award”, addressed to sustainable development projects realized between 2019 and 2020, and conferred by a scientific committee coordinated by the Santagata Foundation for the Economics of Culture.




The award aims at providing visibility and recognition to a sustainable development project, in line with the Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, implemented or launched within an Italian territory or community with UNESCO designation.


The winner of the Award, selected by a Scientific Committee identified by Fondazione Santagata, will be invited to participate in the opening ceremony of the third edition of RO.ME Museum Exhibition, scheduled for Wednesday 25 November 2020, during which the project will be presented.


Selection criteria


The Award will be conferred by RO.ME, in collaboration with Fondazione Santagata for the Economic of Culture, to projects realized in territories or communities located in Italy, included in one of the following five UNESCO designations:

– World Heritage

– Intangible Cultural Heritage

– Creative Cities

– Biosphere Reserves

– Geoparks


For the selection of the winner, the Scientific Committee will consider those projects that in 2019/2010 were able to meet the following general criteria:

  1. Ability to generate impacts on sustainable development, in particular in a culturale and economic way, of the territories / communities they are part of;
  2. Consistency with one or more Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda;
  3. Use of elements of technological and / or process innovation;
  4. Ability to foster the active involvement of local communities;
  5. Ability to foster resilience and adaptation in crisis situations (including the current health emergency);
  6. Ability to build collaborative networks between designations, even if different.


Scientific Commitee


Martha Friel, IULM Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione, Milano

Alessia Mariotti, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna

Alessio Re, Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture

Matteo Rosati, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe

Donatella Saccone, Università di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo

Erminia Sciacchitano, Ministero per i Beni Culturali e per il Turismo

Giovanna Segre, Università degli Studi di Torino

Enrico Vicenti, Secretary-General UNESCO Italian National Commission


How to apply


Projects should apply to the Award by sending a short presentation to the e-mail address from 5 October to 8 November 2020.


The winner of the prize will be selected and contacted by November 15th 2020.


More info


Visit the website of RO.ME Museum Exhibition