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Legion of honour to Roberto Battiston

ASI President has received this prestigious recognition from the French ambassador, Catherine Colonna

Yesterday evening, at Palazzo Farnese, the President of the Italian Space Agency, Roberto Battiston, was given the title of “Chevalier dans l'ordre de la Légion d'Honneur” by the French Ambassador, Catherine Colonna. In this way, the French authorities have expressed their appreciation to Battiston for his work in the fields of science and space, creating a fruitful collaboration of mutual interest between the two countries.

Ambassador Colonna, underlined the importance of the work carried out by ASI President in the context of the “strategic alliance between Italy and France in the space sector and his constant contribution to scientific research in the field of experimental physics of particle accelerators”.  

While mentioning the various reasons for the Italo-French partnership in the space sector, Catherine Colonna highlighted the importance “of the results obtained by France and Italy at the ESA Ministerial Council last December, in defending the common position in policies regarding access to space, through the rationalisation and integration of the Ariane 6 and Vega C series of European launch vehicles”. 


“The Legion of Honour is a great honour to me and it is recognition of the friendship, the collaboration and the common objectives that have marked the relationship between the French and Italian delegations within the European Space Agency over the past three years”, said the President of ASI. 

In his short thank-you speech, Battiston also referred to the personal, cultural and scientific bonds that he has had with France ever since his specialization at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Rue D'Ulm, and his PhD at the University of Paris IX, Orsay.

ASI President also underlined how the shared cultural and democratic values are the basis for the future of the European Union in a moment in which Europe has been hit several times by violence caused by terrorism.

Among the participants attending the ceremony, as well as friends and colleagues from ASI, there were also various representatives from the Italian and French space industry and from the world of univiersities and institutions. Among others, attendees included Stéphane Israël from Arianespace, the CEO of AVIO, Giulio RanzoDonato Amoroso from Thales Alenia Space Italia, Luigi Pasquali from Telespazio, Joel Barre from CNES, the Rector of the University of Trento, Paolo Collini, the Director of the Secretariat of the Quirinale, Simone Guerrini, the President of the CNR, Massimo Inguscio, and the President of the INFN, Fernando Ferroni. During the ceremony the astrophysicist and former president of ASI, Nanni Bignami, who passed away a few days ago, was also remembered.