Our Scientific Committee

Academics, scientists and professionals specialized in culture and tourism

The scientific advice of the European Route of Historic Gardens (ERHG) comes from its scientific committee, made up of 12 prestigious academics, scientists or professionals specialized in the sectors of culture and tourism, from five different countries.

The members of our scientific committee represent prestigious entities like Icomos-IFLA, Unesco, the Alliance of World Heritage Cultural Landscapes, the German Society for Garden Art and Landscape Culture, the Landscape Architecture Association of Poland, the Polish Dendrological Society, the Association of Horticultural Engineers and Technicians of Poland, the Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi, the Fondazione Benetton Studi Richerce, the European Association “Paysage et patrimoine sans frontière”, The Institut Européen de Jardins et Paysages, the Instituto de Estudios Madrileños (CSIC) or the National Council of Environment and Sustainable Development of Portugal, among others.

Some of them are professors or collaborators at different universities, like the Granada University, the University of Lisbon, the University of Barcelona or the University Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, among others.

MEMBERS

José Tito Rojo

Historic Gardens · President of the ERHG Scientific Committee
University of Granada, Spain

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With a botanical academic background, José is a PHD in Biology. He has devoted himself to gardens for more than forty years, as a landscaper and as a theorist, specializing in the history of gardens and landscapes. His main lines of research are the gardens of Al-Andalus, the historiography of the garden and the origins of the modern garden in Spain, subjects on which he has published more than one hundred works.

He is the author and co-author of more than fifty projects for the creation and restoration of gardens in Spain, Italy and various Arab countries. Twelve of them have been declared Assets of Cultural Interest (Carmen de los Mártires, Patio de la Acequia del Generalife, Plaza Augusto Imperatore and Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome, Castello de la Roca Pia in Tivoli, Agdal in Marrakech).

José is a member of various scientific committees (Fondazione Benetton Studi Richerce, Cultural Landscapes of ICOMOS-IFLA…). He currently chairs the scientific committee of the European Route of Historic Gardens Association and that of the first international congress of the Spanish Association of Landscapers, scheduled for 2021.

He has been curator of the Botanical Garden of the University of Granada (UGR) and for fifteen years he has coordinated the gardens area of the Master in Landscaping of the UGR.


Pier Francesco Bernacchi

Historic Garden Manager
Fundazione Carlo Collodi, Italy

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Per Francesco is the General Secretary (from 1994 to 2015) and President (since 2015) of the Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi. He is the President of Sviluppo Turistico Collodi, the company that manages the Historic Garzoni Garden and has been a manager in the public health service (1960-1989).

Since 1989 he is the director and international consultant for thermal baths. He is also the author of the chapter on the Italian National Health Service for the Local Administration Regulation Guide. Pier Franceso is also Silver Medal Commander of the Italian Republic for Cultural Merits.


Monika Drąg

Historic Garden Manager
Palacio Real de Varsovia, Poland

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Monika is landscape architect, Green Area Surveillance Inspector, specialist in the protection and conservation of historic gardens, monuments sciences and conservation of historical architecture and public procurement law. She graduated from the Agricultural University of Wrocław, the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) and the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń.

She is a member of the Polish National Committee of ICOMOS, the Scientific Committee of the European Route of Historic Gardens, the Landscape Architecture Association, the Polish Dendrological Society and the Association of Horticultural Engineers and Technicians. From 2016, she is the head of the Gardens of the Royal Castle in Warsaw and the Deputy Head of the Team for ‘Reconstruction the Lower Gardens of the Royal Castle in Warsaw’.

She works with the European Heritage Garden Network and the European Buxus and Topiary Society. Since 2009, she is the owner of a landscape architecture studio. She participates in specialist Polish and foreign industry conferences. She creates dendrological expertises, conservation work programs, cooperates with conservators of monuments in the field of historic greenery and historical parks, implements projects of gardens and parks in Poland and Slovakia.


Elisabeth Keegan

Tourism Management
Lloret Turismo, Spain

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Elizabeth’s professional career has been mainly related to Tourism Management. She has been the Director of the Lloret Convention Bureau from 2011 to 2015 and, since then and until today, she is the Managing Director of Lloret de Mar Tourist Board. Her main motivation and satisfaction is to contribute to the transformation and repositioning of Lloret de Mar and its outstanding cultural heritage by innovating, structuring, analyzing and communicating!

Elizabeth graduated in Audiovisual Communication and Master in Management of Communication Companies and Multimedia Groups at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). She also worked as a professor in the Faculty of Tourism of the University of Girona and in ESIC Business School, sharing all her know-how in meeting tourism and events.

Previously she was professionally linked to the management of events and cultural projects. First as the Exhibition Coordinator and Head of the Operational Unit at the Zaragoza International Expo 2008, just after as Head of the Projects Department in Lunatus and, lastly, as Project Manager at Event Solutions (Servis Group).

At the beginning of her career, she dedicated herself to audiovisual production in film, television and advertising, working for production companies such as Albiñana Films, Mamma Team Production House or GDA Pro (Grupo Godó).


Bianca Maria Landi

Historic Garden Manager
Giardino de Bóboli- Gallerie degli Uffizi, Italy

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Bianca is the coordinator of Boboli Gardens – Uffizi Galleries, Firenze, head of Garden Department and curator of the bothanical heritage of Uffizi Galleries.
She graduated in Forestry and Environmental Sciences by the University of Florence, PhD in Environmental projectation by the Faculty of Architecture, University of Florence and Master in Environmental Security Sciences by the University of Rome.

As head of the Garden Department since 2017, she works in the management of Boboli Gardens, in terms of restoration projects, accessibility, promotion, scientific research and development of cultural activities and partnerships, among others.

Bianca María is a member of the scientific committee of the European Route of Historic Gardens, since the adhesion of the Boboli Gardens to the Association. She has previously been an Officer of National Forestry Corps, worked as a manager at the wine sector and collaborated in projects of restoration of ancient rural landscape.


Mónica Luengo Añón

Historic Gardens
ICOMOS – Eur. Inst. Gardens & Landscapes ICOMOS

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Monica is Honorary member of the ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes, of which she was president between 2009 and 2015. She is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Institut Européen de Jardins et Paysages and the Instituto de Estudios Madrileños (CSIC) and Vice President of ICOMOS Spain. She has directed a Master in Cultural and Natural Heritage at the International University of Andalusia and collaborated with various universities and international organizations, and directed and participated in numerous courses and conferences on cultural landscapes and historical gardens.

Mónica is a consultant on issues related to World Heritage, she has carried out assessment, advisory and monitoring missions for World Heritage sites. Her research has focused on cultural landscapes and historical gardens. She has published books and articles on cultural landscapes, World Heritage, historical gardens, restoration, etc. Historian and landscape architect, she has also carried out projects and restorations for parks and gardens.


Maria Matos

Historic Gardens
Universidad de Lisboa, Portugal

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Maria Matos Silva is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA), University of Lisbon since 2018. Since 2016, Maria has been a Research Associate of the Centro de Investigação em Arquitectura, Urbanismo e Design (CIAUD) at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, being part of URBinLAB’s team. Other current positions include being a board member of the Portuguese Association of Historic Gardens (AJH – Associação dos Jardins Históricos).

Maria graduated in Landscape Architecture from ISA in 2007, being awarded the best graduated student in the final year. In 2010 she completed a master’s degree on Urban Design at Universitat de Barcelona, and in 2011 a PGDip in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Lisbon. In 2016, Maria finalized a doctoral degree at Universitat de Barcelona with a full doctoral scholarship attributed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, having obtained the recognition of “Finalist” of the European Prize Manuel de Solà-Morales (2019 edition) for the best PhD in Urbanism.

Maria has been involved in R&D projects, participating in international teams and networks, and has thus far published in various international peer-review journals and conferences. Her academic interests are focused on subjects related to landscape design and management, urban planning, urban flooding, public space design and adaptation to climate change.


Maria del Pozo López

Cultural Landscapes
Fundación Aranjuez Paisaje Cultural, Spain

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María holds a Diploma in Business Sciences by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a Degree in Business Administration and Direction by the Universidad de Ávila. She has a postgrade in Heritage Preservation and Conservation by the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and a postgrade in Local Economic development and tourism by the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.

María is the Director of Aranjuez Cultural Landscape Foundation (2011 to nowadays), in charge of the representation, dissemination, and communication of Aranjuez Cultural Landscape included in UNESCO list since 2001. She is also the General Secretary of the Alliance of World Heritage Cultural Landscapes, including 7 Iberian WH sites (Alhambra de Granada, Las Médulas, El Palmeral de Elche, Ibiza, Sierra de Tramuntana en Mallorca, Paisaje Cultural de Sintra and Paisaje Cultural de Aranjuez). She is also member of the Board of Directors of the European network of Historic Gardens.

In this context, she organizes events, forums, encounters, and conferences in the local, regional, national and international scopes, with regard to Cultural Landscapes and UNESCO sites, addressing different subjects such as tourism, management, conservation, education, communication, and research…
She represents Aranjuez in different national and international networks of Heritage Managers such as the World Heritage Cities Organization WHCO (where she holds the Head of the Commission of Education and Culture), Meetings of Spanish and Iberian Heritage Managers, The European network of WH Associations, Destination Napoleon Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, European Route of Historic Gardens (Candidate for the label of Cultural Route of the Council of Europe),World Heritage Journeys project of UNESCO – Royal Sites.

She has also collaborated with several scientific researches of Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Regional Government of Madrid with regard to Heritage and Tourism; she has given several lectures in Master Degrees at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid; nowadays she is in charge of the Dissemination and Communication Plans of a new project in Aranjuez focused in the recovery of traditional agricultural knowledge and species, leaded by the regional Government of Madrid. In terms of Cultural and Heritage Management, she has been in charge of the coordination of the Management Plan of UNESCO Aranjuez Cultural Landscape, leading the institutional agreement and the civil participation processes.

She has also been a lecturer in several national and international forums such as the League of Historical Cities in Austria, Bordeux Metropole, Cultural Heritage and the EU2020 Strategy in Lithuania, Cheriscape Association (Cultural Heritage in Landscape), Participation in the Training Academy UNESCO Milano –Torino 2019. Tourism Days in Aranjuez and Madrid Region and the representation of Cultural Landscapes in ITBerlín and FITUR Madrid. In the Erasmus + context, she has participated in 3 different European projects, first as a coordinator (Comenius Regio project) and then as a partner in a Grundtvig project and in a KA2 project.


Lukasz Przybylak

Historic Garden Manager
Jardines de Willanow Palace, Varsovia, Poland

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Lukasz is a landscape architect, garden art historian, specialist in conservation and restoration of historical gardens. He is also the head of the garden department of the Museum King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów (Wasaw, Poland) and Vice-President of the European Route of Historic Gardens.

As a graduate of the Warsaw School of Life Sciences (2011), he devoted both diplomas to research and conservation guidelines for the historic gardens of the Silesia’s historical area. His master’s diploma received a distinction from PKN ICOMOS (2011). As a doctoral student at the Technische Universität Dresden (Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur, Professur für Geschichte der Landschaftsarchitektur und Gartendenkmalpflege), he explores the specificity of the period of work of Saxon builders and gardeners on the Warsaw Escarpment.

As a gardener, he worked with Bandenburgische Schlöβer GmbH (2011-2012) on the implementation phase of the restoration project of the Altdöbern Palace and Park (Germany). Between 2013 and 2014 he worked for VOGT Landschaften – Berlin on, among other things, conceptual and construction documentation for the Lohsepark Hafencity in Hamburg (opened in 2016).

Since 2015, he is the head of the garden department of the Museum King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów and has also been the author of the concepts for the renovation of the Wilanów garden. Author of several restoration’s documentation for historical gardens in Poland. He is a founder (2008) and owner of the historic gardens restoration studio – Hortus Excelsior. Initiator of social actions and thematic walks promoting and saving the Lower Silesian palace and garden heritage.

Substantive coordinator of international park seminars in Moravia (Lower Silesian Voivodship) and Sztynort (Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodship). Member of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gartenkunst und Landschaftskultur e.V.


Teresa Andresen

Landscape Architect & Agronomist
Association Portugaise des Jardins Historiques, Portugal

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Teresa is a landscape architect and agronomist graduated by Instituto Superior de Agronomia (1982), Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Massachusetts (1984) and PhD in Applied Science, University of Aveiro (1992). She has taught in higher education for 30 years and currently works as a consultant in landscape architect. Member of the National Council for Environment and Sustainable Development since 2013.

Member of the Scientific Committee of the Benetton Foundation, Italy, 2015-2020. Member of the Working Group for the elaboration of the Portuguese World Heritage List (UNESCO National Commission) in 2015 and 2016 and expert from Portugal at the UNESCO Standing Committee on World Heritage, 2014-2017. President of the Board of the Portuguese Association of Historic Gardens since 2017.


Aline Rutily

Historic Gardens and Landscapes
Fondation Parcs et Jardins Historiques du France

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As a researcher at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Aline holds a PHD in Sorbonne, Arts and Sciences of Art, she is associate researcher at CRAV (Center for Research in Visual Arts) and IDEAC (Institute of Esthetics of Contemporary Arts), University Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her research work focuses on the processes of artistic creation within the transcultural field of the landscape and the contemporary garden. She is the author of numerous publications of books and articles related to this university research, to the Publications of the Sorbonne, to the Editions of the Ministry of Culture, to the editions of the Ministry of National Education, to the Fernand Nathan Editions. She has also participated as a visual artist and designer of gardens in exhibitions of personal creations, in conferences related to this university research.

Aline is the coordinator, for 20 years, in the European association Paysage et patrimoine sans frontière, of training projects for European teachers in landscape and garden – and publications related to these projects -, including:

  • 2000- 2004 Comenius partnership The garden, a living monument. Pedagogy of garden heritage in Europe
  • 2008 The creation of the website www.paysage-patrimoine.eu, of its Garden Notebooks, Virtual Herbarium and Online Garden Gallery.
  • 2009 Atelier Grundtvig Articulating the theme of plants with the arts of the book, National School of Landscape of Versailles, 10 EU countries.
  • 2009-2011 Grundtvig Languages of Blue Partnership in Europe, 4 EU countries.
  • 2010-2012 Leonardo da Vinci Partnership Exchange of practices on vocational training in landscape, obtained the distinction of Star project , 3 EU countries, with the support of the National School of Landscape of Versailles.
  • 2012 Study Visit History of art in lifelong learning, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 9 EU countries.
  • 2012-2014 Grundtvig Plant Languages in Europe, 9 partners including the National School of Landscape of Versailles, 5 EU countries. -2014-2015 Erasmus + mobility project Train trainers in European history of the arts, 5 training sessions in Italy, Portugal, Romania
  • 2015-2018 Erasmus + strategic partnership The blue paths in Europe. Transversality of learning and transculturality of languages, 8 partners, 5 EU countries. Among the project activities, the creation of a garden entitled “Blue paths at the Jardin des arts”
  • 2017-2019 Erasmus + strategic partnership Jardin sans frontières. A school for developing key skills in Europe, 5 partners, 4 EU countries. This project has obtained the Erasmus + “Best Practices” label.
  • 2017-2019 Erasmus + mobility project The European blue as a “flag” against the exclusion of adults, 5 training sessions in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Luxembourg.
  • October 2019 Coordinator of a training course at the Institute of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in Luxembourg.
  • 2020-2022 Coordinator of Erasmus + courses for teacher training registered on the European School Education Gateway platform

Jordi Tresserras Juan

Cultural Tourism
University of Barcelona, Spain

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Jordi is a Phd in Geography and History (speciality in Archaeology) at the University of Barcelona. He is also associated professor at the same university and academic coordinator of Cultural Management postgraduate program from 1999. He is Vice-President of ICOMOS Spain and he is also consultant for international organizations such as the World Bank, the Council of Europe, the European Commission or UNESCO on cultural, tourism and sustainable development projects.

In relation with heritage gardens, Jordi was involved in several archaeology of gardens’ projects as the Antinoeion garden of Hadrian’s Villa (Roma), the domestic garden of domus of Quintus Licinius in Baetulo (Badalona), the funerary garden of Villa de Madrid square necropolis at Barcino (Barcelona), and the low-imperial roman garden of the House of Hippolytus in Complutum (Alcalá de Henares). He directed the project “Archaeology of gardens in Roman Hispania” financed by the Garden and Landscape Project Grants – Dumbarton Oaks Foundation (2004-05), and the “Archaeology of gardens and crop fields” by European Commission (2005-2006). Concerning the heritage gardens management he coordinated initiatives as the Sans Sauci palace and gardens at the National Historic Park (Haiti) Management Plan, inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List and coordinated a research project on garden tourism in World heritage sites.