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Prof. PIERO BENVENUTI - Curriculum vitæ

Piero Benvenuti was born in 1946 in Conegliano (Italy). He is married and has two sons.

He studied at the University of Padova, from which he received his degree (Laurea) in Physics in 1970.

In 1970 he began his professional activity as Astronomer at the Asiago Observatory of the University of Padova.

In 1973 spent two months as assistant of Prof. G. Herzberg at the "Herzberg Institute", Ottawa, Canada.

In 1977 he moved to the IUE Observatory of ESA (European Space Agency), at Villafranca del Castillo (Madrid), as Resident Astronomer. In 1981 he became staff member of ESA and was appointed IUE Observatory Controller.

From 1984 to 2003 he has been European (ESA) Project Scientist for the "Hubble Space Telescope" Project and lead the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility hosted by ESO (European Southern Observatory) in München, Germany.

From 1986 to 2005 he has been Full Professor (Professore Ordinario) of Astrophysics at the Department of Physics of the University of Cagliari (Italy), where, untill 2003, he taught a course in Astrophysics. In 2005 he moved to the Chair of High Energy Astrophysics at the Department of Astronomy of the University of Padua.

In the years 2000-02 he was responsible for the project AstroVirTel as well as ESA representative in the AVO Project (Astrophysical Virtual Telescope). Both projects began to be supported by the European Commission within the 5th Framework Plan and AVO continued to be funded within the 6th FP.

In 2002, under contract by the European Commission, he conducted a feasibility study about an "excellence" fellowship programme within the Euroepan Research Area.

In June 2003 he was appointed Commissioner for the restructuring of the National [Italian] Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) of which, in October 2004, he was appointed President for a 4-year term. In April 2007 he voluntarily resigned as president of INAF and returned on duty at the Department of Astronomy of the University of Padua.

In June 2007 he has been appointed, for a 4-yer term, member of the Council of Administration of the Italian Space Agency (ASI).

His scientific interests include the diffuse interstellar medium, star forming regions and supernovae remnants. He is actively involved in IT applications to the field of digital astrophysics, particularly within the Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (AVO).

He is active in Astronomy Outreach. He lead the edition of the ESA/ESO Astronomy Exercise Series. He is collaborating with the "Corriere della Sera" italian newspaper and with the italian TV science news programme "Leonardo".

Within non professional activities, he has an interest on Rare Diseases issues. He maintains links with the SOFT Association (Support Organization for Trisomy 18 and 13 and related genetic disorders) of which he fostered the constitution of an Italian section.


Prof. Piero Benvenuti
Department of Astronomy
University of Padua
Vicolo dell'Osservatorio, 3
I-35122 PADOVA

Tel.: +39-049-827-8230
FAX +39-049-827-8212
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