Position: First Researcher

Contact info

  • Room: C-416
  • Phone: +39 051 639 8700
  • Email: luca.valenziano@inaf.it

Personal info


I have spent more than 20 years in scientific and management activities, on space and ground-based astrophysics projects, building parts for satellites, planning and developing missions and experiments, transferring technology to industry, leading teams up to 150 people from different countries. At present I have leading roles in the ESA missions Euclid, PLATO and Athena. Since May 2016, under appointment by INAF President, I represent INAF in multilateral and international collaboration governing bodies and at Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. I have been awarded of the Gruber Prize 2018 as key person of the Planck Satellite Team. I teach Space Projects Management at the University of Genova, Physics Department. Since 2019, I am president of the Comité Cientifico International (CCI), governing body for Canary Islands astronomical observatories. I am technical consultant for cryogenic technologies to OHB-Italia (Space business sector). I am able to manage complex projects with multiple tasks running in parallel, with problem-solving attitude and attention to team members and stakeholders, aiming at obtaining best results within existing constraints. I have a success-oriented approach, being able to steer projects through milestones within the tight boundaries of budget and schedule.

Latest papers on ADS
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  1. On the ISW-cluster cross-correlation in future surveys, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2019
  2. ELT-HIRES, the high resolution spectrograph for the ELT: results from the Phase A study, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 2018
  3. The THESEUS space mission concept: science case, design and expected performances, Advances in Space Research, 2018
  4. The application software of the instrument control unit of Euclid-NISP: ready for qualification tests, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 2018
  5. ELT-HIRES, the High Resolution Spectrograph for the ELT: the design of the Front End, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 2018
  6. The ATHENA X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU), Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 2018
  7. The Near Infrared SpectroPhotometer on-board the Euclid satellite: status after Critical Design Review and development plan, 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, 2018
  8. BATMAN @ TNG: instrument integration and performance, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 2018
  9. High resolution imaging X-ray spectroscopy: the X-IFU instrument on Athena, 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, 2018
  10. Planck intermediate results. XV. A study of anomalous microwave emission in Galactic clouds (Corrigendum), Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2018
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