Costellazione Manga: about us

Daria Dall'Olio

Daria Dall'Olio

Daria Dall'Olio has a master in Astronomy from the University of Bologna; she is now a PhD student in astronomy at Chalmers University of Technology di Göteborg and at Onsala Space Observatory. Her research concerns radioastronomy and star formation. She is a member of the amateur astronomy association "ARAR" of Ravenna (Italy) and a long-time collaborator of the Planetarium of Ravenna, where she organised astronomy outreach events. She is interested in Japanese culture and she is also a member of the steering committee of the Japanese-Italian cultural association "ASCIG" of Ravenna. Moreover, she is a licensed guide of the natural environment, and thanks to this she was able to offer Costellazione Manga also in the form of open-air activities and observations of the sky in natural parks.

Piero Ranalli

Piero Ranalli

Piero Ranalli has a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Bologna. He has been a post-doctoral researcher in Japan, Greece, Italy and Sweden. His research concerns mainly X-ray observations of galaxies and active galactic nuclei; since a few years he is also interested on extra-solar planets. He has authored more than 50 publications on international specialistic journals. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). He collaborates with the Planetarium of Ravenna and he is interested in Japanese culture. Currently he works as data scientist at Combient AB in Göteborg, Sweden.


Collaborators

Marco Del Bene

Marco Del Bene

Marco Del Bene is Associated Professor of Japanese History at the Department "Italian Institute for Oriental Studies / ISO" of La Sapienza University in Rome. Beside the research and teaching activities in the academic field, in various universities in Italy and in Japan, he is actively promoting the knowledge of Japanese culture to the general public. He is the founder and the Artistic director of the festival "Japanese October" that has been held every year since 2003 in the province of Ravenna. He is also President of the Association for Cultural Exchanges between Italy and Japan (ASCIG) which organizes the Japanese October. Precisely for his role in ASCIG and Japanese October, he contributed in 2011 to the birth of Constellation Manga.

Claudio Codella

Claudio Codella

Claudio Codella is an astrophysicist working at the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (INAF-OAA) in Firenze (Italy). He works on the process of star formation, through observations at different wavelengths. He worked at the Max-Planck Institut in Bonn (Germany), the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional in Madrid (Spain), and at the CNR institutes in Bologna and Roma (Italy). He is an expert in astrochemistry and he started since many years several projects (mainly in collaboration with IPAG-Grenoble, France, and the University of Tokyo) to investigate the physical-chemical complexity of regions which can be considered the cradle of planetary systems, possibly associated with conditions conducive to the emergency of Life.

Alessandra Zanazzi

Alessandra Zanazzi

Alessandra Zanazzi has a master degree in Astrophysics. Since 1996 she has been working in the field of science communication and education, designing and carrying out activities (with schools, families, general public), events, and teachers training courses. She now works at INAF – Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, researching an Astro-tourism pilot project. She is part of the GENESIS-SKA outreach group. Until 2010 she worked at Città della Scienza in Naples, the first Italian Science Centre, where she was responsible for Planetarium and Astronomy activities. She participated – in many cases as National or European Manager – in writing and carrying out many European projects in Science Communication and Sciendce & Society (Horizon 2020, Fp7th, Fp6th, Leonardo, Erasmus).

Yvette Gustafsson

Yvette Gustafsson

Yvette Gustafsson is a comic book artist. She makes the comic "Infosfären" for Populär Astronomi, where she writes about space related facts. She also makes the adventurous comic Zak&Ting, previously published in the comic magazine Nemi.

Toshihiro Handa

Toshihiro Handa

Toshihiro Handa is a professor of astronomy at Kagoshima University in Japan. He studies the interstellar medium in the Milky Way using radio observations. He is science consultat for the anime Star Blazers 2199 (Space Battleship Yamato 2199; 宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199) and he is the author of the book"Understanding astronomy with Space Battleship Yamato 2199" (宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199でわかる天文学).

Acknowledgements

We thank Alessandro Montosi for providing his contribution and expertise during the start of our activities. We also thank all other members of the Japanese-Italian cultural association ASCIG of Ravenna for the support along the years, the ARAR association and the Planetarium of Ravenna for their support and dedication, the Solaris cultural association and the organisers of Festival Naturae for their contribution to the development of Costellazione Manga.