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Abstract: On May 27th 2010, the Italian astronomical community learned with concernthat the National Institute for Astrophysics INAF was going to be suppressed,and that its employees were going to be transferred to the National ResearchCouncil CNR. It was not clear if this applied to all employees i.e. also toresearchers hired on short-term contracts, and how this was going to happen inpractice. In this letter, we give a brief historical overview of INAF andpresent a short chronicle of the few eventful days that followed. Starting fromthis example, we then comment on the current situation and prospects ofastronomical research in Italy.



Author: Angelo Antonelli, Vincenzo Antonuccio-Delogu, Andrea Baruffolo, Stefano Benetti, Simone Bianchi, Andrea Biviano, Annalisa Bonafed

Source: https://arxiv.org/







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