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Here we go with the Italian-language mailing list on protection and promotion of the night sky (proprocieno-it)

Milky Way from Monte Labro, Southern Tuscany (by Federico Giussani)

At the beginning of the year the BuioMetria Partecipativa  project, the Italian Research Council Institute of Biometeorology and the Department of Biology at University of Pisa have launched a new outreach initiative on the topic of protection and promotion of the night sky.

The idea took shape a couple of months ago, on the long tail of dissemination events following an international symposium organised by these subjects on Capraia Island, Tuscany, in September 2018 on the same issues.

The mailing list, which also represents one of the developments of the awareness raising and brainstorming on light pollution started in 2008 by the BuioMetria Partecipativa project is presented in this page.

The presentation (like the discussion) is in Italian, but the topics will not be restricred to Italy, so the mailing list may be of interest to experts worldwide who have some knowldge of Italian (we know personally a couple of them, and we figure that also Spanish or Portuguese readers may work out most of the contests, since we do the same with Spanish or Portuguese content).

To participate in the discussion, please write to ask to be subscribed. Allo stesso indirizzo è possibile chiedere delucidazioni o fornire commenti.

The BuioMetria Partecipativa project: from the Farma Valley (inner Southern Tuscany) to the HORIZON 2020 programme.

The BuioMetria Partecipativa was born in Spring 2008 in the woods of the Farma Valley, in Southern Tuscany (half way between Siena and Grosseto). While the project as a “local” approach among its priorities, since its first steps it was aiming at national and international connections:

  • Since 2008 the project managed several international relations. Part of these are documented at
  • Between 2009 and 2011 the progress of the project was presented in the main European event concerning night sky protection and promotion of night sky (the IDA Symposium)
  • Between 2013 and 2016 the BuioMetria Partecipativa project represented Italy in the management committee of a European research network funded by the COST programme of the European Union (the Loss of the Night Network), together with some 18 countries, and with about 40 participating organisations. In the context of this project we also promoted Tuscany as the location for one of the sensor intercomparison campaigns and one of the network meetings (in collaboration with CNR IBIMET). This was in March 2015, and was covered by national media (Radio 24).
  • Between 2017 and 2018, BuioMetria Partecipativa had a small grant from the Stars4all HORIZON 2020 project. Thanks to this, we were able to launch events in addition to those that we routinely manage. We also promoted the co-funding of an International symposium on the protection and the promotion of night sky . This was held on the island of Capraia in September 2018 and represented, as far as we know, the first event of this type held in Italy, at least since 2008.

On December 10 and 11, 2018, the final meeting of the Stars4all project was held in Madrid, Spain. The project had partners from Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, and Italy. In this context, Andrea Giacomelli presented a summary of the main activities conducted during the past two years, especially in collaboration with the communities of Torniella, Piloni, Scalvaia, the National Research Council’s Institute of Biometeorology, the University of Pisa and the professional photographer Federico Giussani.

A 59-second presentation of BuioMetria Partecipativa in 2018-2020: whatever it was before, plus live music performed by project members in professional venues, with the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band (video courtesy of Dácil Muñoz, Stars4all project)

The Madrid meeting, which BMP coupled with an independently organised outreach event on the evening of Dec. 11, was just before the third Farma Valley Winter Fest and the annual assembly of the Tuscan Amateur Astronomer Associations. Our presence in Spain was the opportunity to launch some initiatives which took place in Tuscany at the end of Fall 2018, and to announce a line of activity which we will work on between February and mid-June 2019.

BMP highlights from day 1 of the Stars4all meeting

The presentation of outreach services on lighting and darkness, and of the report on ten years of digital social innovation in the Farma Valley on Langscape magazine.

The presentation of the annual assembly of the Tuscan Amateur Astronomer Association Network in the context of the Third Farma Valley Winter Fest.

Tasting the bread made by Wolfgang Scheibe in Tatti (Southern Tuscany) during the light lunch break.

For more information on the BuioMetria Partecipativa project, write to

Tue. Dec. 11, 2018, waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest with BuioMetria at the Aio’ Cafe y Restaurante (Madrid)

For the second last event for the “waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest” series, here we are in Madrid for the second time in eleven days.

Meet us at 9PM at the Aio´ Cafe Restaurante Aio’, Corredera baja de San Pablo 25, Madrid. This is quite close to the Gran Via Metro (note: this metro stop is closed…you will find your way).

We will be presenting the events mentioned in the post subject, and possibly will give some space to topics related to Sardinia, since I spent five years working on the Island, and over 25 relating to it for non-touristic reasons.

Probably we will be there before (ideally by 8PM).

If you like to come, we would appreciate if you could let us know by noon Dec. 11:

Capo Marrargiu (between Alghero e Bosa) early in the morning, Sardinia, around 2000

This initiative is brought to you by the BuioMetria Partecipativa project, in Madrid with partial support by the Stars4all HORIZON2020 project

Dec. 1, 2018 – Bar Cerveceria Sidi – Waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest with BuioMetria in Madrid

The Madrid meet-up with the info point about  BuioMetria Partecipativa , waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest,  is on Dec. 1 at 9PM at Bar Cerveceria Sidi, in Calle Colón , angolo Calle del Barco.
Pibinko will have a (small) desk space with outreach material to explain, first of all, the light pollution issue…then we will see. We plan to close the info point by midnight.

The first announcement of the event, made yesterday, started flowing through the capital, leading to the creation of long lines of people interested as seen below:

Madrileños lining up waiting for tonight’s outreach event at 9 PM, Sidi Bar….not (but the place we found is interesting).

For more information:

Waiting for the Farma Valley Winter Fest in Madrid

As per the promotion plan of the Third Farma Valley Winter Fest (in Southern Tuscany Dec 14-16, this year also hosting the Tuscan conference of amateur astronomer associations, including some international guests), we have an event scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018) in Madrid, Spain.

The situation is kind of fluid, but not chaotic: at present the venue and the time are not yet defined. However this is an event taking shape a long way from home, and in a city where I was last time in 2004. So bear with me if some details will arrive last minute. For the moment I can say the event will be after 8PM.

Should you be in Madrid, and interested in participating, please write to to have more details as soon as they are available, or check the section during the afternoon of Saturday.

If you are interested in the Farma Valley Winter Fest (Southern Tuscany, Dec. 14-16 2018), please check:  , noting that not all content is available in English, as per this note.

Meanwhile, some cool live music (in addition to the  Seguridad Social, branobag).

Temporary slow-down for English translations on the website

On we normally publish all content in Italian and English (and occasionally in other languages).

From mid-November through Christmas we are having an acceleration in the publication of blog posts and site pages due to the combination of various activities. Primarily we are accelerating towards the Third Farma Valley Winter Fest, managing the pilot phase of the M(‘)appare Milano 2 campaign with BuioMetria Partecipativa (launched with a lecture at Politecnico di Milano on Nov. 22, 2018), and warming up for the next gigs of the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band.

For this reason we cannot insure the immediate translation of out news into English.

After the events we will provide some summary in Englisgh.

Meanwhile, if you do not read Italian (and do not have a friend who does) but you are interested in learning more of what is happening, you may contact  for clarifications in English, French, Portuguese, and German.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

Nov. 16, 2018: -A milder climate and artificial lighting alter tree resting

With and interview to Luciano Massetti (National Research Council Institute of Biometeorology), with whom we collaborate since 2014 on the BuioMetria Partecipativa project.

For more information:

Nov. 15, 2018- Do artificial lights alter the “rest” of the trees? (Italian Research Council press release)

This is a press release by the Italian Research Council, presenting the publication by Luciano Massetti about “Assessing the impact of street lighting on Platanus x acerifolia phenology” Published on Urban Forestry & Urban Greening in August 2018.

The press release was abridged by some national media,  not mentioning the other organisations with which CNR IBIMET collaborates on the topic of light pollution (namely, the University of Pisa and the BuioMetria Partecipativa project).

Find here the full press release (in Italian, for the moment).

Platanus x acerifolia under street lights (source: CNR)