SoPHIA is a new Horizon 2020 project, which will run from January 2020 till December 2021. SoPHIA stands for Social Platform for Holistic Heritage Impact Assessment. The project aims to “promote collective reflection within the cultural and political sector in Europe on the impact assessment and quality of interventions in European historical environment and cultural heritage at urban level”. In the first SoPHIA newsletter, Erminia Sciacchitano, Officer in the Minister’s Cabinet of the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism (MiBAC), is interviewed.
SoPHIA wants to create a Social Platform, a community of stakeholders that work together to develop an impact assessment model. Asked what challenges and opportunities she foresees, Sciacchitano answered:
“First the complexity, the parameters that you have to take into account are so many that you need to get in touch with many different policy areas and professionals. It’s complex to frame, but I also think that there momentum because a lot of work has been done, so you can rely on previous research. The other challenge is how to find the language that will speak to the people coming from different policy areas, since you need to send clear messages, engage decision makers, explain how to take into account the needs of the cultural and heritage sectors. This message should be very distinct and very clear, simple. I think this is the most challenging part, but we know that we have it all in our hands to make it a reality: this is my message.”