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Calogero Schillaci

First name
Last name
Nominating Country
Date of Nomination
Discipline of Expertise
Agricultural sciences
Environmental sciences/ecology
Information technologies (including remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS))
Soil science
Thematic Areas
Carbon sequestration
Environmental degradation
Environmental monitoring
Environmental policy analysis
Land cover change
Land degradation
Land-use change
Remote sensing
Rural development
Science policy analysis
Soil conservation
Soil degradation
Sustainable agriculture
Sustainable development
Vegetation change
Vegetation degradation
UN languages spoken


Geographical Focus
European Union
Job function
Scientific Project Officer
JRC Directorate D - Sustainable Resources
Telephone number
Work experience
Develop consistent response to the European Court of Auditors report N33 2018, Land degradation and desertification definition and mapping at EU level. The work produced several publications and technical reports to support policy development. Involved in the Study to support policy development on the Sewage Sludge Directive (86/278/EEC). Involved in the Integrated Administrative Control System IACS, LPIS and GSAA data sharing project for the development of data sharing workflows for the Common agricultural practices CAP. Working as task leader in Horizon 2020 funded project Advanced Sustainable Biofuels for Aviation (Bio4A). Working as task leader in H2020-funded project, Landsupport Decision support system.European Geoscience Union EGU, soil system science “committee member” Sub division soil policy and legislation. SSS12, Since 2019, he is organizing thematic sessions at the EGU general assembly and collaborating with the EGU policy working group. Working Group partecipant and task leader in the frame of the EU Soil Observatory EUSO, Soil data and data from literature Former research Fellow at Tubingen University, working in Ethiopia in the frame of a DFG reseach project on soil erosion and land degradation detection via remote sensing.
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
PhD, Agriculture Ecosystem and Bioenergy, University of Milan 2018
Publication titles
1. Schillaci, C., Jones, A., Vieira, D., Munafò, M., Montanarella, L., 2022. Evaluation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15.3.1 indicator of land degradation in the European Union. L. Degrad. Dev.
2. Tadiello, T., Acutis, M., Perego, A., Schillaci, C., Valkama, E., 2023. Soil organic carbon under conservation agriculture in Mediterranean and humid subtropical climates: Global meta‐analysis. Eur. J. Soil Sci. 74.
3. Schillaci C., Saia S., Lipani A., Perego A., Zaccone C., Acutis M. (2021). Validating the regional estimates of changes in soil organic carbon by using the data from paired-sites: the case study of Mediterranean arable lands. CARBON BALANCE AND MANAGEMENT, vol. 16, 19, ISSN: 1750-0680, doi: 10.1186/s13021-021-00182-7
4. Alkharabsheh H. M., Seleiman M. F., Hewedy O. A., Battaglia M. L., Jalal R. S., Alhammad B. A., Schillaci C., Ali N., Al-Doss A. (2021). Field crop responses and management strategies to mitigate soil salinity in modern agriculture: A review. AGRONOMY, vol. 11, 2299, ISSN: 2073-4395, doi: 10.3390/agronomy11112299
5. C. Schillaci, M. Acutis, L. Lombardo, A. Lipani, M. Fantappiè, M. Märker, S. Saia (2017). Spatio-temporal topsoil organic carbon mapping of a semi-arid Mediterranean region: the role of land use, soil texture, topographic indices and the influence of remote sensing data to modelling. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, vol. 601-602, p. 821-832, ISSN: 0048-9697, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.239
Other activities
1. Member of the Italian Society of Soil Science, Italian Society for Agronomy.
2. Associate Editor of Soil Use and Management Wiley, Urban Agriculture and Regional Food Systems Wiley, Artificial Intelligence in Geoscience KEAI.
3. Special Guest editor in the Land Degradation and Development Journal Wiley, title Anthropogenic Impacts on Land Degradation in a Changing World.
4. Contractual lecturer at the University of Pavia (module GIS of the earth critial zone 6 cfu)
- Winner of the PhD award of the Italian Society of Agronomy SIA, best Thesis of the year 2018 grant 500 euro. Presentation of the PhD dissertation at the annual congress 2020. (2020)
- Lake Como Summer School Winner of grant application (5000euro as base budget of the school) The Statistical analysis of spatial Data in Agro- Environmental research summer school (SDAE) aims to present statistical analysis of agro-environmental data at different scales, from catchment to regional scale. I was responsible of the scientific program, the software settings and logistics at the location.
3. Silvia Pacifici Prize for the best research conducted within the Italian Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA) in 2016. The awarded article corresponds to Schillaci et al. (2017).
Organisation name
European Commission Joint Research Centre
Organisation street address
Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Via Enrico Fermi, 2749
21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
Organisation city
Ispra (VA)
Organisation post code
Organisation country
European Union