Pier Luigi Sacco is the founding co-director of the Ud’A BACH Center (Biobehavioral Arts and Culture for Health, social cohesion and sustainability), a new interdisciplinary center specialized in research on the bio-behavioral impacts of arts and culture experiences from the molecular biology, neuroscience, neurophysiology, behavioral sciences, and psychological viewpoints. His research sits at the crossroads of cognitive and affective psychology, decision and behavioral sciences, and translational cognitive and affective neuroscience. His main focus of interest is in translating state of the art scientific knowledge on the role of arts and culture as a platform for prosocial attitudes and prosocial behavioral change into consistent policy approaches to collective intelligence and prosocial problem solving.
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Pier Luigi Sacco, PhD, is Professor of Economic Policy, University of Chieti-Pescara, Interim Director of the Policy AP of EIT-KIC Culture and Creativity, Senior Advisor to the OECD Center for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions, and Cities, Associate Researcher at CNR-ISPC, Naples, and Affiliate Researcher at the metaLAB (at) Harvard. He has been Visiting Professor and Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, and Special Adviser of the EU Commissioner to Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. He is a member of the scientific board of Europeana Foundation, Den Haag, of the Advisory Council on Scientific Innovation of the Czech Republic, Prague, and of the Foundation for the School of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Italian Ministry of Culture. He regularly gives courses and invited lectures in major universities worldwide. He works and consults internationally in the fields of culture-led local development and is often invited as keynote speaker in major cultural policy conferences worldwide. He has published more than 200 papers on international peer-reviewed journals and edited books with major international publishers.