lunedì 12 luglio 2010

Adotta un astronomo italiano!

On May 27th 2010, the Italian astronomical community learned with concern 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.

Qui l'articolo completo a firma di molti astronomi italiani sul popolare archivio di articoli astro-ph. In figura la frazione dei primi 100 articoli di astrofisica piu' citati dal 1930 al 2010 di cui il primo autore lavora in un istituto italiano. E' notevole come la fondazione degli istituti ex-CNR che ora sono parte di INAF, la riforma degli osservatori e la partecipazione a ESO abbiano influenzato la produzione scientifica italiana in questo campo.

Questo invece il sito "adotta un astronomo italiano", che raccoglie i curricula degli aderenti:
"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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