The IAU OAE National Astronomy Education Coordinator team for Italy

OAE NAEC Team logo for Italy
Mariachiara Falco
Mariachiara Falco
Team Member, NAEC team - Italy

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Giannandrea Inchingolo
Dr Giannandrea Inchingolo
Team Member, NAEC team - Italy
INAF-Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica

I am a creative scientist with a PhD in physics. Since 20218 I have dedicated my career to public outreach and education. From 2020 to 2022 I created and managed an interdisciplinary team of scientists, artists, and IT experts for a science-art project named Into the (un)known. I am currently a game-based educator and developer at INAF - Italian National Institute for Astrophysics.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Dr Stefano Sandrelli
Team Member, NAEC team - Italy
INAF - National Institute for Astrophysics, Italy

Studied physics at University of Pisa, got a PhD at Uni Bologna and a Master in science communication at Sissa, Trieste. Since 1999, he works at Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Milano, now part of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). He worked as a scientific journalist for the European Space Agency (1999-2015). He was head of the INAF Outreach and Education Office (2008-10; 2016-20) and of the Italian Astronomical Olympiad Organizing Committee (2009-15).

As a writer, he published several books for kids and the general public. In 2010 he won an Italian Andersen Prize (Feltrinelli Kids, best series). In 2017 he won the “G. Dosi” Prize with Nello spazio con Samantha, written with the ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

For the International Astronomical Union (IAU) he is Italy NAEC since 2020 and Italy NOC since 2016 (vice-NOC from 2021).
Director of the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education Italy Center since 2020, he loves cronopios and all those people who cough, stumble and regularly lose their bus.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

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Astronomy Education in Italy

For more information on Astronomy Education in Italy, see the Astronomy Education in Italy document (PDF file 214.06 kB Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) icons) prepared by our NAEC team