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A decline and fall in the future of Italian Astronomy

  title={A decline and fall in the future of Italian Astronomy},
  author={Angelo Antonelli and Vincenzo Antonuccio-Delogu and A. Baruffolo and Stefano Benetti and Simone Bianchi and Andrea Biviano and Annalisa Bonafede and Marco Bondi and Stefano Borgani and Angela Bragaglia and Massimo Brescia and John Robert Brucato and Gianfranco Brunetti and Riccardo Brunino and Michele Cantiello and V. Casasola and R. Cassano and A Cellino and Gabriele Cescutti and Andrea Cimatti and Andrea Comastri and Edvige Corbelli and Giovanni Cresci and Serena Criscuoli and Stefano Cristiani and Guido Cupani and Sabrina de Grandi and V. D’Elia and Melania Del Santo and Gabriella de Lucia and Silvano Desidera and Marcella Di Criscienzo and Valentina D’Odorico and Elisabetta Dotto and Fabio Fontanot and Mario Gai and S. Gallerani and Stefano Gallozzi and Bianca Garilli and Isabella Maria Gioia and Marisa Girardi and Myriam Gitti and Gian Luigi Granato and Raffaele Gratton and Andrea Grazian and Carlotta Gruppioni and Leslie K. Hunt and Giuseppe Leto and Gian Luca Israel and M Magliocchetti and Laura Magrini and Gabriele Mainetti and Filippo Mannucci and Alessandro Marconi and Martino Marelli and M. Maris and Francesca Matteucci and Massimo Meneghetti and A. Mennella and Amata Mercurio and Silvano Molendi and Pierluigi Monaco and Alessia Moretti and Giuseppe Murante and Fabrizio Nicastro and Marina Orio and Adamantia Paizis and F. Panessa and Fabio Pasian and Laura Pentericci and Lucia Pozzetti and Mariachiara Rossetti and Joana S. Santos and Alexandro Saro and Raffaella Schneider and Laura Silva and Roberto Silvotti and Ricky Smart and Andrea Tiengo and Luca Tornatore and Paolo Tozzi and Edo Trussoni and Tiziano Valentinuzzi and Eros Vanzella and Franco Vazza and Alberto Vecchiato and Tiziana Venturi and G. Vianello and M atteo Viel and {\'A}lvaro Villalobos and Valentina Viotto and Benedetta Vulcani},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics},
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…