Adopt an Italian Astronomer

Adopt an Italian Astronomer

Notes on Italian astronomical productivity

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On May 27th 2010, the Italian astronomical community learned that the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) was going to be suppressed, and that its employees were going to be transferred to the National Research Council (CNR). It was not clear if this applied to all employees (i.e. also to researchers hired on short-term contracts), and how this was going to happen in practice. In this letter, we give a brief historical overview of INAF and present a short chronicle of the few eventful days that followed. Starting from this example, we then comment on the current situation and prospects of astronomical research in Italy.

...This is what we do, this is who we are. One day (sooner than later?) you might well find all these CVs among the application material you will receive.
In the meantime, aware  that our astronomical competences risk to be lost, we propose ourselves for a series of lectures/seminars at your Institutes so as to plant a seed of knowledge that was born and grew up in this country. If you wish to give us your support by inviting us to your Institute, please send an e-mail to the address:, and help us to circulate this letter within the astronomical community. We plan to make all seminars and lectures that will be given in the framework of this initiative publicly available.

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Authors (in alphabetical order) and their CVs

A. Antonelli (1)
V. Antonuccio-Delogu (2)
A. Baruffolo (3)
S. Benetti (3)
S. Bianchi (4)
A. Biviano (5)
A. Bonafede (6)
M. Bondi (6)
S. Borgani (7,5,8)
A. Bragaglia (9)
M. Brescia (10)
J.R. Brucato (4)
G. Brunetti (6)
R. Brunino (11)
S. Campana (12)
M. Cantiello (13)
V. Casasola (6)
R. Cassano (6)
A. Cellino (14)
G. Cescutti (7)
C. Chiosi (15)
A. Cimatti (16)
A. Comastri (9)
E. Corbelli (4)
G. Cresci (4)
S. Criscuoli (1)
S. Cristiani (5,8)
G. Cupani (5)
S. De Grandi (11)
V. D'Elia (1)
G. De Lucia (5)
M. Del Santo (17)
S. Desidera (3)
M. Di Criscienzo (1)
V. D'Odorico (5)
E. Dotto (1)
F. Fontanot (5)
M. Gai (14)
S. Gallerani (1)
S. Gallozzi (1)
B. Garilli (18)
I. Gioia (6)
M. Girardi (7,5)
M. Gitti (9)
G. Granato (5)
R. Gratton (3)
A. Grazian (1)
C. Gruppioni (9)
L. Hunt (4)
G. Leto (2)
G. Israel (1)
M. Magliocchetti (19)
L. Magrini (4)
G. Mainetti (15)
F. Mannucci (4)
A. Marconi (20)
M. Marelli (18,21)
M. Maris (5)
F. Matteucci (7,5)
M. Meneghetti (9)
A. Mennella (22)
A. Mercurio (10)
S. Molendi (18)
P. Monaco (7,5)
A. Moretti (3)
G. Murante
F. Nicastro (1)
M. Orio (3)
A. Paizis (18)
F. Panessa (17)
F. Pasian (5)
L. Pentericci (1)
L. Pozzetti (9)
M. Rossetti (18)
J.S. Santos (5)
A. Saro (7,8)
R. Schneider (4)
R. Silvotti (14)
R. Smart (14)
A. Tiengo (18)
L. Tornatore (7,5)
P. Tozzi (5)
E. Trussoni (14)
T. Valentinuzzi (3)
E. Vanzella (5)
F. Vazza (6)
A. Vecchiato (14)
T. Venturi (6)
G. Vianello (23)
M. Viel (5)
A. Villalobos (5)
V. Viotto (3,15)
B. Vulcani (15,3)

(1) INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Roma, via Frascati 33, I-00040 Monte Porzio Catone, Italy
(2) INAF - Astophysical Observatory of Catania, Via S. Sofia 78, I-95123 Catania, Italy
(3) INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Padova, Vicolo dell’Osservatorio 5, I-35122 Padova, Italy
(4) INAF - Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri, Largo Enrico Fermi 5, I-50125 Firenze, Italy
(5) INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Trieste, via G.B. Tiepolo 11, I-34143 Trieste, Italy
(6) INAF-Istituto di Radioastronomia, via Gobetti 101, I-40129 Bologna, Italy
(7) Dipartimento di Astronomia dell’Universit`a di Trieste, via Tiepolo 11, I-34131 Trieste, Italy
(8) INFN - National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Trieste, Italy
(9) INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Bologna, via Ranzani 1, I-40127 Bologna, Italy
(10) INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte, via Moiariello 16, I-80131 Napoli, Italy
(11) CINECA, High Performance System Division, Casalecchio di RenoBologna, Italy
(12) INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Brera, via E. Bianchi 46, I-23807 Merate (LC), Italy
(13) INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Teramo, via M. Maggini, I-64100, Teramo, Italy
(14) INAF - Astronomical Observatory of Torino, Strada Osservatorio 20, I-10025, Pino Torinese (TO), Italy
(15) Dipartimento di Astronomia dell’Universit`a di Padova, vicolo Osservatorio, 3, I-35122 Padova, Italy
(16) Dipartimento di Astronomia dell’Universit`a di Bologna, via Ranzani 1, I-40127 Bologna, Italy
(17) INAF - IASF-Roma, Via Fosso del Cavaliere 100, I-00133 Roma, Italy
(18) INAF - IASF-Milano, Via Bassini 15, I-20133 Milano, Italy
(19) INAF-IFSI, Via Fosso del Cavaliere 100, I-00133 Roma, Italy
(20) Dipartimento di Astronomia e Scienza dello Spazio, Universit`a degli Studi di Firenze, Largo E. Fermi 2, I-50125 Firenze, Italy
(21) Universita' degli Studi dell’Insubria, Via Ravasi 2, I-21100 Varese, Italy
(22) Universita' degli Studi di Milano, Via Celoria 16, I-20133 Milano, Italy
(23) Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale, Villa Gualino, Viale Settimio Severo 63, I-10133
Torino, Italy