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Università degli Studi di Padova: Consortium #9, WP8 LEADER

David Burigana is Professor of History of International Relations (2015), Department of Political Science Law and International Studies (SPGI, Università degli studi di Padova), Member (2013) of the Steering Committee of CISAS - Center for Aerospace Studies and Activities «Giuseppe Colombo» (Università degli studi di Padova); Representative (2013) of Padua University in the Italian Center for Military Studies and Researches; Representative (2013) of Padua University in an agreement with the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine (Bordeaux); Founder and Member (2011) of SiSi the Italian Society for International History. Several Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Visiting Professorships in Italy and Europe; partner in Italian and foreign research projects; PI (2015-17) in a research project financed by the University of Padua «Ex-Post-Experts and Politics in Science and Technology».

He has been author of articles and papers at national and international conferences on armaments and aeronautical cooperation in Europe, and Air transport since the 1950s, operational aspects of European Defence, interaction between civil and military production, as well as on historiography on International History on techno-sciences and foreign policy; he visited private and State archives in Belgium, France, England, Italy, Spain, and the USA.

Latest work: D. Burigana, Air, space and techno-scientific innovation in Italian foreign policy during the 1970s and 1980s, in A. Varsori, B. Zaccaria (ed.), Italy in the International System from Détente to the End of the Cold War. The Underrated Ally, Palgrave, 2017, pp. 227-251.

As WP Leader, D. Burigana will organise a Local Network Presentation seminar, a Thematic Workshop and participate in the Project Management Board. He will supervise Task 2 and will carry out interviews and participate in writing up 2.2 Case study: Space Racks Diplomacy for Earth: why and how international experiments in orbital laboratories produce a European Diplomacy for Science cooperation in Space Global competition.

Case Study Pitch

Prof. Burigana is author of InsSciDE case study n°8.2a, Space Racks Diplomacy for Earth: Orbital laboratories producing European Diplomacy for intercultural cooperation in the global Space competition. Read the pitch for this case study here.

This pitch outlines how case study 8.2a looks at space racks as representing an international arena for a European diplomacy, conducing a historical analysis of who, why, and how space experiments have been organized and managed. Key quote: ’These “machines”, scientific research tools, represent and symbolize an international negotiation not only inside the European Space Agency between the scientific communities of different ESA member states, but also at global level between Europeans and other countries engaged in space research, or which need to conduct experiments in microgravity.’