Scientific Committee


In order to make the best decisions regarding didactic, educational, alimentary choices along with focusing on the protection of the psycho-physical well-being of children, we decided to refer to a team of professionals and experts in different areas:

  • Alimentary
  • Pedagogical
  • Psychological
  • Pediatric

The members of the Committee will play an active role in defining the technical choices of IAIA Outdoor Education and will attend some of the collective meetings with parents organized through the year, in which there will be the chance to deeply address specific topics concerning the relative spheres of competence and organizing thematic focuses.

For those families who are interested, it is possible to request a private meeting by appointment.




Food choices of Iaia Outdoor Education will be carefully guided by Dr. Costanza Pira, who has a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Turin and is currently specializing in Food Sciences and Clinical Nutrition.

Dr. Pira is also co-founder of the innovative start up “Fooderapy”, a company specialized in the creation of healthy dishes designed to meet the nutritional needs of the individual without sacrificing taste. The company, registered (CE) 852/2004 for the hygiene of food products, will furnish our school with healthy and tasty foods that will make up the balanced diet of Iaia Outdoor Education students.

Eating is learning.
To stay healthy, now and in the future.
To respect others and their food culture.
To explore new tastes discovering the seasons.
To value food and the work of those who prepared it.


My name is Francesca Zighetti and I have been Pedagogical Coordinator of educational services 0-6 since 2013. I am constantly searching for the best, but above all the most effective, way to support the development of each individual in his uniqueness and complexity. I followed a Master’s degree in Pedagogical Supervision at the Catholic University of Milan, I collaborated as a trainer in the “IN&OUT” project of the Municipality of Milan, for the enhancement of outdoor education and educational contexts based on the concept of “laboratory school” . In the services that I have been coordinating for 10 years, I have built, together with the team and thanks to constant research and training, an educational system that puts children at the center of their growth, development and learning processes. I promote the pedagogy of research and planning, recognizing educators’ role as promoters and directors of the relational fabric, of experience proposals, of a context rich and full of meanings within which boys and girls acquire the basis of their own identity, of own skills and autonomy.

Man takes the shape of the hands into which he falls

Joan Sebastian Harder



Psychological area is entrusted to the competences of Dr. Alexandra Ploederl, who has a degree in developmental psychology of childhood at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan and specialized at the PSIBA Institute of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in Milan.

Dr. Ploederl holds a Master in Sport Psychology and has been collaborating for three years as a sports psychologist at the Garlenda Golf Club and the Liguria Golf Federation. She has worked as a psychologist  at a school desk and collaborated with the Giannina Gaslini Hospital of Genoa in dealing with eating disorders at the neuropsychiatry department and with a multi-specialist practice in Rivoli.

She is currently collaborating with Blu Acqua company in Turin and is the Clinical Area Referent of Emozioni Giocate Onlus.

Entering the world of children is a unique and very enriching experience.


The medical-pediatric area is entrusted to the skills of Dr. Claudio Fabris, a degree in Medicine at the University of Genoa, with subsequent specializations in Pediatrics, Neonatology and Medical Genetics.

Dr. Fabris is full professor of Neonatology at the University of Turin and Director of the “Center for Neonatology and Neonatal Intensive Care” at the S. Anna Hospital in Turin, whose studies about nutrition are carried out in collaboration with the CNR.

Dr. Fabris is also author of more than 400 scientific publications.


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