Paola De Castro

FORCE11 Member since April 10, 2015
  • Organization/Institution: Istituto Superiore di Sanita'


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Director of the Publishing Unit of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, the National Institute of Health in Italy  ( since 2005.

Interests and activities

Active supporter of science communication to different stakeholders, open science, health information literacy, and gender equity in research.

I am engaged in multidisciplinary research, cooperation and training for public health, mainly focused on communication, dissemination and use of health care information addressed to different targets in Europe, Latin America, Africa.

I take part and organize conferences, workshops, exhibitions, science festivals and training courses on general and specific health-related issues, addressed to both researchers and the general public, including students.

Main projects: Co-Chair of the EASE Gender Policy Committee to foster sex and gender equity in research; Responsiblòe for School-work alternating systems at ISS, Italy); responsible for training in communication within the CASA project in Ethiopia (2014 ongoing); responsible for projects of historical heritage in public health (history of public health; preservation of scientific instruments, oral memories, pictures).Coordinator of the EU FP7 Project NECOBELAC (, 2009-2012), a network of academic and research institutions in Europe and Latin America involved in research and training in scientific writing and open access publishing. Member of the Italian task force of the FP7 MedOAnet project (, 2001-2013) in support of Open Access policies in Southern Europe; responsible of the Dissemination Unit of the Progetto Nazionale Amianto (National Asbestos Project) financed by the Italian Ministry of Health (2013-2014);

Memberships: Council member of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE,, and co-chair of the EASE Gendre Policy Committee; country representative of HIFA2015 (Health Information for all by the year 2015; member of the European Association of Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL; the Associazione Italiana Biblioteche (Italian Library Association, AIB; AISA (Italian Association for the Promotion of Open Science

Editorial boards: Annali dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Eurosurveillance, European Science Editing, Open Journal of Bioresources, Revista CONAMED, Rare journal, Notiziario dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, I beni storico scientifici dell’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Dispense per la Scuola, Rapporti ISTISAN, Istisan Congressi.

Publications: A selected list is available from: