Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze detta dei XL
The Italian National Academy of Sciences reunites, since 1782, some of the most illustrious Italian and foreign Scientists with the aim of fostering the advancement of scientific knowledge and enhancing the history of science.
With this purpose, the Academy awards scientific prizes, organizes meetings and conferences at various levels, publishes periodicals and series, maintains relations and collaborations with Italian and International Organisations and Institutions, and establishes consultative committees for governmental agencies.
The Academy has gathered a precious institutional archive in more than two centuries and has acquired numerous private archives of Italian scientists, bestowed by the scholars themselves or by their families so that the heritage be preserved and valued rather than being at risk of dispersion. The Academy possesses the collection of the ‘Sources for the History of Quantum Physics' in the form of microfilm. The collection has interviews of the scientists who developed Quantum Physics and their collaborators.
The Academic Library contained initially the bibliographic and archival collection assembled by the founder of the Society, A. M. Lorgna, during his presidency. With time, the library index has grown thanks to endowments and exchanges of publications with other Italian and foreign Academies (in some cases of the beginning of the Nineteenth Century), and to a purchasing policy of old scientific volumes, works of members, works of history and philosophy of science and of history of science policy.
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
The National Museum of Science and Technology "Leonardo da Vinci" was born February 15, 1953, at the urging of a group of Lombard industrialists led by Guido Ucelli with the support of public institutions.
The name of Leonardo da Vinci accompanies the Museum from its opening with a major exhibition that celebrated the fifth centenary of the Master's birth. Leonardo da Vinci was, and still is, a symbol of the continuity between artistic and scientific-technological culture, two different but complementary expressions of human creativity.
The Museum is located in an early 15th century monastery in the heart of the city of Milan. With its 50,000 sqm surface it is currently the largest science and technology museum in Italy and among the largest institutions of its kind in Europe.
Dating as far back as the 1930s, collections relate to the Italian history of science, technology and industry from the 1800s to our time. Today the collections include 18,000 objects among which are technical-scientific tools, devices, machines and large plants from the areas of transportation, energy production, metal industry, telecommunication, IT and astronautics.
The Museum also holds a collection of art works (2,500 including paintings, drawings, applied art objects and medals), an archive (paper and digital) and a library (50,000 books and journals).
Since its foundation, the Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza has been housed in the
11th-century Palazzo Castellani. In 2010, after complete renovation works and the redesigning of its permanent exhibition, it took the new name of Museo Galileo.
The museum precious collections rank among the most important in the whole world and consist of ancient scientific instruments that were collected by the Medici and Lorraine dynasties in the course of about four centuries. The over 1.000 items on permanent display include all Galileo’s unique artifacts, among which are the only two extant telescopes of the many that he built.
The Museo Galileo is also an institute for advanced research and documentation in the history of science and technology. It places the vast resources of its library at the disposal of scholars from across the world. A rich collection of digitized books is accessible on the museum website, which also offers a number of resources for historical scientific research, available both in Italian and English. The museum publishes specialized monographs and two journals with international circulation, i.e. Nuncius and Galilæana.
It partners with prestigious international institutions on innovative research projects and organizes conferences on scientific museology and the history of science and technology as well as temporary exhibitions on the history of science and the interactions of science and technology with the arts.
Sapienza - Università di Roma
The Department of Letters and Modern Cultures of Sapienza - University of Rome was born on November 2018 and is the result of the merger of the Departments of Documentary, Linguistic-Philological and Geographical Sciences and of Greek-Latin, Italian and Scenic-Musical Studies. The centre of the cultural project that led to its birth can be identified in the different declinations of the words text, document and representation and in the close links between them.
The text is analysed in its linguistic, glottological, philological and literary aspects but also in the specific languages it takes in music, theatre, films and the dynamics that mark its production, circulation and luck in time and space.
The document intended both as a concrete sedimentation of the memory of a territory and a society, and as a direct representation of present and past reality, is studied in all its forms (written, geographical, audio-visuals), supports (analogue and digital), transmission, conservation and fruition strategies.
The representation is the space, the place and the performative environment in which multiple (continuously cultural) identities (cultural, national, territorial and gender) are defined.
The Department, heir to a rich tradition of studies, preserves in its structures a rich library and documentary heritage ranging from the texts adopted for lessons, to the map library, to the personal archives of scholars and teachers.