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The travelling astronomers. International collaborations after World War II and the reorganization of European astronomy (1953-1985)

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "ISHTAR" data sheet

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Organization address
address: DE BOELELAAN 1105
postcode: 1081 HV

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 177˙598 €
 EC max contribution 177˙598 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-01   to  2017-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    STICHTING VU NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 177˙598.00


 Project objective

This research project investigates the history of astronomy in Europe after World War II. In the period between 1953 and 1985, a number of international collaborations were undertaken by several European countries, with the aim of strengthening astronomical research in terms of its capacity and facilities. These collaborations culminated in the construction of powerful observational facilities and the implementation of programmes for cooperation in professional research. In this respect, the initiatives taken from 1953 to 1985 inaugurated a new era of European astronomy. Indeed, in this period research facilities were made available in both hemispheres, new research networks were created, and there was a new attitude towards scientific cooperation. This study will analyse crucial aspects of the development of astronomy in post-war Europe. More specifically, this research will address the interactions among astronomers, scientific institutions, and governments in the light of the quest of new astronomical sites; the connections between scientific, technical, political, and economic issues in the foundation of new astronomical observatories; and the changes in the community of professional astronomers, both in terms of research practice and social organization. Consequently, this study will contribute to elucidate the reorganization of astronomy in post-war Europe. Moreover, it will reinforce the comprehension of the development of scientific research, science policy and international scientific cooperation.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 M. Realdi
“Introduzione: Perché raccontare la storia della relatività generale?”
published pages: 2-5, ISSN: 0390-1106, DOI: 10.19272/201608804001
Giornale di Astronomia. Rivista di informazione, cultura e didattica della Società Astronomica Italiana 42, 4 2019-07-23
2017 M. Realdi
“Cosmology, religion, and cultural hegemony. The scientific apostolate of Antoni Romañá in early Francoism”
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Cultural hegemony in a scientific world: Civil society and scientific culture (M. Badino and P. Omodeo eds.). 2019-07-23
2016 M. Realdi
“The double image micrometer of Giovanni Battista Amici”
published pages: 11-16, ISSN: 0956-8271, DOI:
Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society 131, 2016 2019-07-23

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