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XLII Scientific Instrument Symposium

September 18, 2023 @ 9:00 am - September 22, 2023 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

Hosted by Ileana Chinnici at the INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, Sicily

Through Ages, Cultures, Concepts: Instruments in Collections, Books, Archives

The INAF (National Institute for Astrophysics Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo and Servizi Biblioteche, Musei e Terza Missione) and the University of Palermo, Department of Physics and Chemistry, are pleased to host the annual symposium of the Scientific Instrument Commission in this historic Sicilian city. Two major scientific discoveries were made in Palermo in the last centuries: the first asteroid, Ceres (now classified as a dwarf planet), discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi in 1801 at the Observatory, and the first artificially produced chemical element, technetium, discovered by Emilio Segrè and Carlo Perrier in 1937 at the Physics Institute of the University. These two important achievements prove the existence of a long scientific tradition, whose heritage is still preserved in many institutions, where various historical scientific collections remain on display. Located at the heart of Mediterranean trade routes, Palermo has been a melting pot of different cultures for centuries: this has inspired the theme of SIC 2023, which includes a wide spectrum of possible topics. The University of Palermo offers a degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage and some C&R projects are currently ongoing at the Museo della Specola, which is situated inside the Astronomical Observatory. Finally, the 60th anniversary of the famous movie “The Leopard”, partly shot in Palermo, with an accurate reconstruction of the private observatory of the protagonist, made with instruments which are today on display at the Museo della Specola, provides one more opportunity for interdisciplinary approaches.

Conference website: https://www.sic2023.net/

Call for papers (web).

Documents

SIC 2023 – Palermo: Call for Papers (pdf)

SIC 2023 – Palermo: AGM Agenda

SIC 2023 – Palermo Book of Abstracts

SIC 2023 Palermo Conference participants

Details

Start:
September 18, 2023 @ 9:00 am UTC+0
End:
September 22, 2023 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
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Venue

INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo
Palermo, Sicily Italy

Organizer

Ileana Chinnici