Corpus ID: 118629325

A decline and fall in the future of Italian Astronomy

  title={A decline and fall in the future of Italian Astronomy},
  author={A. Antonelli and V. Antonuccio-Delogu and A. Baruffolo and S. Benetti and S. Bianchi and A. Biviano and A. Bonafede and M. Bondi and S. Borgani and A. Bragaglia and M. Brescia and J. Brucato and G. Brunetti and R. Brunino and M. Cantiello and V. Casasola and R. Cassano and A. Cellino and G. Cescutti and A. Cimatti and A. Comastri and E. Corbelli and G. Cresci and S. Criscuoli and S. Cristiani and G. Cupani and S. D. Grandi and V. D'Elia and M. Santo and G. D. Lucia and S. Desidera and M. Criscienzo and V. D’Odorico and E. Dotto and F. Fontanot and M. Gai and S. Gallerani and S. Gallozzi and B. Garilli and I. Gioia and M. Girardi and M. Gitti and Gianluigi Granato and R. Gratton and A. Grazian and C. Gruppioni and L. Hunt and G. Leto and G. Israel and M. Magliocchetti and L. Magrini and G. Mainetti and F. Mannucci and A. Marconi and M. Marelli and M. Maris and F. Matteucci and M. Meneghetti and A. Mennella and A. Mercurio and S. Molendi and P. Monaco and A. Moretti and G. Murante and F. Nicastro and M. Orio and A. Paizis and F. Panessa and F. Pasian and L. Pentericci and L. Pozzetti and M. Rossetti and J. S. Santos and A. Saro and R. Schneider and L. Silva and R. Silvotti and R. Smart and A. Tiengo and L. Tornatore and P. Tozzi and E. Trussoni and T. Valentinuzzi and E. Vanzella and F. Vazza and A. Vecchiato and T. Venturi and G. Vianello and M. Viel and Alvaro S. Villalobos and V. Viotto and B. Vulcani},
  • A. Antonelli, V. Antonuccio-Delogu, +89 authors B. Vulcani
  • Published 2010
  • Physics
  • 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… CONTINUE READING