Italy Hub
May 3, 2022

Extended deadline for 12th ‘Paolo Farinella’ Prize, 2022 The DEADLINE for nominations for this year’s Farinella Prize is extended to May 15th 2022. The 12th Paolo Farinella Prize will be awarded […]

Il laboratorio "Accendiamo i cieli del mondo!" organizzato da INAF e OAE Center Italy, svolto presso il Padiglione Italia all'Expo Dubai, il 16 marzo 2022 - Crediti INAF
Italy Hub
April 26, 2022

Light up the sky of the world – Expo in Dubai On March 16, 2022, Let’s light up the skies of the world took place in the Italian Pavillion of the 2020 EXPO […]

Due partecipanti al laboratori “Accendi le costellazioni”. Crediti: INAF
Italy Hub
March 11, 2022

Let’s light up the skies of the world at EXPO! OAE Italy center and INAF are organizing Let’s light up the skies of the world! Astronomy for Education, from theory […]

Italy Hub
December 24, 2021

Anticipating Planetary Science with the James Webb Space Telescope What are Jupiter and Saturn made of? Are there still open mysteries about these two giant planets? How will the James […]

Artist impression of a Moon Base concept. Credit: ESA - P. Carril
Italy Hub
September 23, 2021

EPSC2021: Life support cooked up from lunar rocks Engineers have successfully shown how water and oxygen can be extracted by cooking up lunar soil, in order to support future Moon […]

Established in 2019

The Italy Hub was established in October 2018 to promote planetary science and related fields for the benefit of the Italian and European community, within the new Europlanet Society.

Italy is partner of the Europlanet Society collaborating with many different activities and also hosting the Italian Regional Hub of Europlanet.

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Italy participates as a beneficiary of the Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructure (RI) project (here the Italian webpage related to the project) with different institutions:
INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica)
Universita Degli Studi Gabriele D’annunzio di Chieti-Pescara
Università di Bologna
University of Padova

Members of the Committee of the Italy Hub:

  • Chair: Maria Cristina De Sanctis (INAF)
  • Vice Chair: Stavro Ivanovski (INAF)
  • Advisor: Maria Teresa Capria (INAF)
  • Industry Officer: Laura Gatti (ALTEC / Thales Alenia Space Italia)
  • Outreach Officers: Livia Giacomini (INAF) and Federica Duras (INAF)
  • Diversity Officer: Valentina Galluzzi (INAF)
  • Early Career Officer: Alice Lucchetti (INAF)
Italy Hub News
— May 3, 2022

Extended deadline for 12th ‘Paolo Farinella’ Prize, 2022 The DEADLINE for nominations for this year’s Farinella Prize is extended to May 15th 2022. The 12th Paolo Farinella Prize will be awarded […]


— April 26, 2022

Light up the sky of the world – Expo in Dubai On March 16, 2022, Let’s light up the skies of the world took place in the Italian Pavillion of the 2020 EXPO […]


— March 11, 2022

Let’s light up the skies of the world at EXPO! OAE Italy center and INAF are organizing Let’s light up the skies of the world! Astronomy for Education, from theory […]


— December 24, 2021

Anticipating Planetary Science with the James Webb Space Telescope What are Jupiter and Saturn made of? Are there still open mysteries about these two giant planets? How will the James […]


— November 5, 2021

Monday 8 November, starting at 18:30 (CEST), a live online event of the EduINAF’s format “Il cielo in salotto“, to celebrate the return to our skies of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. […]


— September 23, 2021

EPSC2021: Life support cooked up from lunar rocks Engineers have successfully shown how water and oxygen can be extracted by cooking up lunar soil, in order to support future Moon […]


— September 22, 2021

Exploring Mars from Etna There are many different ways of studying the Solar System and the other planets. Some of them do not require to go to space or to […]


— September 17, 2021

EPSC2021: From walls and railings of our cities to…space: the story of Xanthoria parietina One of the main topics in astrobiology is the study of life limits in stressful environments […]


— August 17, 2021

Dancing around Venus A close flyby of the planet Venus between 9 and 10 August, led to an (almost) meeting of the Euro-Japanese BepiColombo and the Euro-American Solar Orbiter (SOLO) […]


— July 15, 2021

Inspiring Stories – #PlanetaryScience4All: A Video Contest for Virtual Science Communication In this EPEC Inspiring Outreach Story, Melissa Mirino (doctoral candidate at The Open University and of the Chair EPEC Communications Working Group) […]