PhD in Education, is an associate professor in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of Catania, coordinator of University Postgraduate course in Expert in Job Placement Services, founded by European Social Founds (two editions) and key staff member of University J. Monnet Programme (2009-2017). Her main research interests are focused on widening participation to education, lifelong guidance, informal and non formal learning, community engagement. Her most recent work has been directed towards the field of learning cities and the role of the University in spreading the lifelong learning culture and supporting community engagement. She has participated in several national and EU-funded projects on learning city, lifelong learning, lifelong guidance and recognition of learning (INDICATORS, 2004-2006; LILARA 2005-2007; PENR3L 2006-2008; EUROGUIDANCE 2008-2010; NICE2, 2012-2014 , QFP, 2015-2018. Associate Director of PASCAL Observatory in Europe (www.pascalobservatory.org) (2014-), member of the Advisory Council Board (2013-), she is also member of the Research Network 4 "National Strategies for Lifelong Learning" of the ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub) (http://asemlllhub.org/researchnetworks/nationalstrategies/rn4members/).