Roberto Battiston confirmed President of the Italian Space Agency
Roberto Battiston was confirmed President of ASI, the Italian Space Agency.
The appointment decree was signed by the Minister of Education, University and Research Valeria Fedeli at the end of a selection procedure that had started last February, in view of the end of Battiston’s term of office.
President of ASI since 2014, Battiston is Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Trento. In over thirty years of activity, he has carried out research in international scientific collaborations, at the beginning in the field of Experimental Physics applied to particle accelerators, and then in the space sector, carrying out high precision studies of cosmic rays in space. In particular, Battiston has had roles of responsibility, in both scientific and managerial positions, in research and technological development programmes in high energy physics and in space.
The ASI President thanked Minister Fedeli and the Government after his appointment. He then took stock of recent years in the space field and outlined the objectives for the near future.
“Thanks to a series of international agreements and to the level of expertise in our industry, today Italy is at the centre of the most important changes triggered by the new space economy. The challenge for the future is to ensure that space infrastructure provides the citizens and businesses of our country with more services and values”, said Battiston.