XXXIX Congress of the Italian Society for the History of Physics and Astronomy – Pisa 2019


The 39th National Congress of the Italian Society for the History of Physics and Astronomy (SISFA) will take place in Pisa on 9-12 September 2019.

The main venue will be at the Enrico Fermi Physics Department of the University of Pisa. A thematic session on the History of General Relativity will take place in Cascina, at the Virgo site. Shuttle transportation from Pisa to Cascina will be on behalf of the local organizing committee.



The Meeting is one of a well-established series that SISFA has been organizing on a yearly basis since its foundation. It aims at promoting the research activities in the history of physics and astronomy in Italy, carried out not only by academic historians but also by independent scholars and school teachers willing to explore the role of the history of physics and astronomy in present-day teaching of the disciplines. At the same time, the Meeting provides an opportunity to strengthen the collaborations and establish new links among the members of SISFA and the members of other scholarly societies, as well as researchers working in the same and in related fields.
Historians of physics and astronomy are then invited to participate and the invitation is extended to all the scholars and researchers sharing the same kind of interests.
The Meeting will host both invited talks and oral communications. The official languages will be both Italian and English.



Proposals for oral communications should mainly address the history of physics and astronomy, also in connection with the related areas of mathematics, chemistry and the history of science and culture. Studies focusing on historical instruments and documentary sources regarding the mentioned fields are also relevant to the purposes of the Congress, as well as the applications of the history of physics and astronomy in science education and in museum displays.


Topical sessions

The year 2019 is dense of anniversaries, among which the bicentenary of Riccardo Felici (1819-1902), the centenary of 1919 measurement of the deflection of light, the five hundred years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the fiftieth anniversary since the first moon landing. Specific topical sessions will consider these important figures and events on the basis of recent scholarly research in the history of physics and astronomy.
Special thematic sessions will be devoted to:

  • Riccardo Felici and the birth of electrodynamics
  • The experimental tests of Einstein’s theory
  • Connections between science education and the history of physics and astronomy
  • Historical perspectives on physics and physicists in Venezuela


Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Salvatore Esposito, INFN Napoli
  • Lucio Fregonese, Università degli studi di Pavia
  • Mauro Gargano, INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte
  • Marco Grassi, INFN Pisa
  • Stavros Katsanevas, EGO
  • Roberto Lalli, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
  • Adele La Rana, Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi, Roma
  • Roberto Mantovani, Università degli studi di Urbino Carlo Bo
  • Marisi Michelini, Università degli studi di Udine
  • Angelo Pagano, INFN Catania
  • Paolo Rossi, Università di Pisa
  • Ettore Vicari, Università di Pisa


Local Partners

  • Università di Pisa, Centro Dipartimentale Bruno Pontecorvo
  • Università di Pisa, Dipartimento di Fisica Enrico Fermi
  • Istituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Pisa
  • Fondazione Galileo Galilei, Pisa
  • Museo degli Strumenti di Fisica, Pisa
  • European Gravitational Observatory, Cascina


Local Organizing Committee

  • Carlo Bemporad, Università di Pisa
  • Rino Castaldi, INFN Pisa
  • Vincenzo Cavasinni, Università di Pisa
  • Sergio Giudici, Università di Pisa
  • Giuseppe Grosso, Università di Pisa
  • Adele La Rana, Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi, Roma
  • Claudio Luperini, Università di Pisa
  • Marco Massai, Dipartimento di Fisica dell’Università di Pisa
  • Paolo Rossi, Università di Pisa
  • Gloria Spandre, INFN Pisa
  • Giuseppe Terreni, INFN Pisa

Useful information

Date and time:
dal 9 Settembre 2019, ore 09:00
al 12 Settembre 2019, ore 13:00
Dipartimento di Fisica "Enrico Fermi", Largo Bruno Pontecorvo, 3, Pisa
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Come arrivare:






  • Virgo site of the European Gravitational Observatory,  Via Enrico Amaldi, 56021 Cascina, Pisa




Special reservations can be made for the participants in selected hotels in Pisa within about 1 km from the meeting venue.

Shuttle transportation will be provided to all participants on behalf of the organizers to the Virgo site in Cascina, where special sessions and cultural excursions will take place.

More travel information will be provided in a further bulletin and on the webpage of the Congress.


A list of accommodation will be provided soon.

Altre informazioni:


Registration, abstract submission, conference fees, deadlines


Registration and payment of the conference fee are mandatory for all congress participants, both presenting oral communications or attending only.


Abstracts of oral communications should be submitted preferably in English. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed on behalf of the SISFA advisory committee.



  • Registration, June 16, 2019
  • please fill in the blanks as appropriate in the “Congress registration” area


  • Abstract submission, June 16, 2019
  • The abstract should be produced as a file Word (*.doc or *.docx file), named with the surname(s) of the contributor(s) (rossi.docx; bianchi-rossi.doc), and upload in the “Abstract submission” area . Abstracts must provide:
    1. Title of the contribution
    2. Name(s) and Affiliations of the contributor(s),
    3. A brief summary with essential bibliography of the proposed contribution (max 2000 characters, including bibliography and spaces).


  • Presentation of oral communications should comply with the procedures indicated in the template
  • The acceptance of the oral contributions will be communicated by June 30, 2019
  • Payment of conference fee deadline July 15, 2019 applying to the specific situation listed in the table
Conference fee
SISFA Member
Conference fee € 120
Reduced Conference fee € 60
SISFA Non Member
Conference fee € 180
Reduced Conference fee € 95


  • Reductions do also apply for special categories of participants:
    1. Undergraduate students;
    2. Current MPhil or PhD students without scholarship or salary;
    3. MPhil or PhD students, degree obtained 2014-2018;
    4. current Secondary-school teachers.
  • SISFA members should also ensure that their 2019 membership fee has been paid. If not already done, please do.
  • Payment system
  • By bank transfer using the IBAN code and bank details below.
  • Please, remember to write 2019+SURNAME in the comments field (Causale) to allow us proper administrative handling:
  • SISFA (Società Italiana degli Storici della Fisica e della Astronomia)
  • Via Giulio Cesare 7
  • 80125 Napoli
  • IBAN IT78 K033 5901 6001 0000 0119 180
  • Banca Prossima S.P.A. – Filiale Di Milano – Piazza Paolo Ferrari 10
  • The Conference fee includes:
    1. conference kit
    2. conference booklet
    3. coffee breaks
  • The Conference proceedings will be published online.



For any information contact us 

Social Programme

During the meeting some special events are planned, as the excursions to the Museum of Scientific Instruments, where an exhibition specially set up on the occasion of the congress will be displayed, and to the Monumental Cemetery, where the painting Il trionfo della morte of Buonamico Buffalmacco (1262-1340) is visible after its recent restoration. Also a scientific visit to the site of the Virgo experiment and of the European Gravitational Observatory is foreseen.
More details (fee amount, etc.) will appear soon.

Congress registration

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Abstract submission

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The abstract should provide: Title, Name/s of Author/s and a brief Summary in English (MAX. 2000 characters including spaces and essential bibliographic references).

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