Ravarotto Licia

Licia Ravarotto | Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie Role Director
Department SCS0 – Training, Communication and Support Services
Phone +39 049 8084264
E-mail lravarotto@izsvenezie.it

Professional profile

Licia Ravarotto graduated in Biological Sciences in 1981 from the University of Padua, where she was awarded a specialist diploma in Food Science in 1987. From 1999 to 2007 she headed the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe). Since 2007 she has been Head of the SCS7 Department of Health Awareness and Communication.

She heads the IZSVe library service. Within the IZSVe she is a member of the Ethics Committee (for experiments with animals) in which she has the role of training and communications expert and holds the position of Secretary.

Besides her management role, she currently conducts technical-scientific activities, chiefly in the areas of communications and training.

In the communications field, she is head of scientific communication activities, implemented mainly through the www.izsvenezie.it site, but also via the press or the organization of events. She also leads research projects funded by various bodies, most notably the Italian Ministry of Health. Her area of interest in the risk communication domain is food safety, in which she coordinates a working team that designs and implements research on risk perception, the design and evaluation of communication campaign.

Training activities are increasingly oriented towards the development of effective techniques to identify training needs, the development and implementation of e-learning methodologies, and the assessment of training impact. Training projects are addressed to both IZSVe staff and national health service providers, in keeping with institutional policy.

She has run research projects on animal welfare, particularly in the development of an integrated system of indicators (behavioural, physiological, zootechnical, etc.) to objectively determine level of wellbeing in non-human primates and food-producing animals, particularly bovines. At the same time, she has conducted bioethics studies, chiefly in the use of animals in transgenesis, cloning and xenotransplantation.

Mandated by the Italian Ministry of Health (DSVetOC), she took part in the Working group on risk communications, in her capacity as expert contact for the Italian Istituti Zooprofilattici (development of risk communication plans at EU and Mediterranean level).

She was a member of the Thematic Three-Year Plan of the Veneto Region on animal health, farm hygiene and livestock production from 2007. She was previously head of the Three-Year Plan Planning Office (2005-2007) for food safety of the Veneto Region (Executive Decree no. 90 dated 15.03.2006, concerning Regional Deliberation DGR no. 3846 dated 03.12.2004). She has been coordinator of Working Group no. 6 – Risk communication – of the Three-Year Plan for Food Safety of the Veneto Region (Regional Decree DDR no. 448 dated 29.11.02).

She has been an invited speaker at numerous events and vocational courses in her capacity as an expert in risk communications and has worked as a trainer in health management events.

She is author and co-author of over one hundred scientific and popular publications.


  • Crovato, S.; Mascarello, G.; Marcolin, S.; Pinto A. & Ravarotto, L. (2019). From purchase to consumption of bivalve molluscs: A qualitative study on consumers’ practices and risk perceptions, Food Control, 96, 410-420
  • Tiozzo B., Pinto A., Mascarello G., Mantovani C., Ravarotto L. (2018). Which food safety information sources do Italian consumers prefer? Suggestions for the development of effective food risk communication. Journal of Risk Reserch, 1-16
  • Crovato, S. Pinto, A., Arcangeli, G., Mascarello, G. & Ravarotto, L. (2017). Risky behaviours from the production to the consumption of bivalve molluscs: Involving stakeholders in the prioritization process based on consensus methods. Food Control, 78, 426-435
  • Mascarello G, Pinto A, Marcolin S, Crovato S, Ravarotto L. (2017). Ethnic food consumption: Habits and risk perception in Italy. Journal of Food Safety, 37, 4
  • Ravarotto L. (a cura di). Comunicare il rischio alimentare. Dalla ricerca alle buone pratiche. 2016, Carocci Editore
  • Tiozzo B., Mari S., Ruzza M., Crovato S. & Ravarotto L. (2016). Consumers’ perceptions of food risks: A snapshot of the Italian Triveneto area. Appetite, 111, 105-115.
  • Ravarotto L., Crovato S., Mantovani C., D’Este F., Pinto A., Mascarello G. (2016). Reducing microbiological risk in the kitchen: piloting consensus conference methodology as a communication strategyJournal of Risk Research, 19, 7, 934-950
  • Pinto A., Mascarello G., Parise N., Bonaldo S., Crovato S. & Ravarotto L. (2015). Italian consumers’ attitudes towards food risks: self-protective and non-self-protective profiles for effective risk communication. Journal of Risk Research, 20, 3, 1-19.
  • Mascarello G., Pinto A., Parise N., Crovato S., Ravarotto L. (2015). The perception of food quality: profiling italian consumers. Appetite, 89, 1, 175-182.
  • Ravarotto L., Zanini G., Pegoraro R. (2012). Comunicazione del rischio ed etica alimentare. Italiaetica, 6, 1, 56-71.