Maria Xanthoudaki

Maria Xanthoudaki, Director of Education and of CREI at “Leonardo da Vinci” Museum (Milan), will be taking part in the panel on Information Literacy development and training in educational contexts: creating knowledgeable and critical 21st century citizens, scheduled in EMMILE Programme on Feb. 27th, afternoon.


Contemporary museums face a challenging mission: contribuite to the empowerment of all individuals by encouraging the development of knowledge and skills that enable them to become confident learners and conscious citizens. What does this mean in terms of receiving, possessing and elaborating information? What does it mean for museums as cultural institutions, for their professionals and for their visitors when engaging in learning experiences? Answering these questions would help analyse on the one hand the approaches adopted by museums when designing educational experiences for their visitors and on their role as mediators of knowledge and as informal learning settings in society.

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Dr Maria Xanthoudaki is Director of Education and of CREI, the Centre for Research Informal Education at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci of Milan, Italy. She also teaches Research methods in Education at the Department of Education, Catholic University of Milan. Dr Xanthoudaki holds a BA in Education from the University of Crete (GR), a Master in Art Education and a PhD in Museum Education from the University of Sussex (UK). Before entering the National Museum of Science and Technology, she was Senior Research Associate at the Department of Education and Professional Development at the University of East Anglia (UK) where she worked also with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. 

As freelance museum education expert, she carried out several education and research projects in cooperation with universities and museums: for example, with the Council of Europe, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the UK, the Politechnic of Milan, the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Turin, the Querini Stampalia Foundation, and the Civic Museums of Pesaro in Italy, the Maritime Museum of Crete and the Venizelos Foundation in Greece. She has taught BA and postgraduate courses at the University of Siena, the University of Padoa, the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and professional development courses for museums across the country.

She is member of the Annual Conference Programme Committee of Ecsite, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums; member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Science Communication and spokesperson for the steering committee of THE Group (the thematic group of Ecsite focusing on explainers’ professional development).

 Contact details

Maria Xanthoudaki

Director of Education and of International Relations

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci 

via San Vittore 21 – 20123 Milano 

Tel +39 02 48 555 304 – Fax +39 02 48 010 016


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