INAF (www.inaf.it) is the central administration institute that in Italy promotes and coordinates the research activities in astrophysics and must, by law, contribute to the basic and advanced education from schools to university level, and to the public outreach of astrophysics and space science.

Astronomy has always been one of the most diffused sciences among people, also in the past centuries, mainly because of the charm exerted on the general public.

For this reason and thanks to its consolidated experience in this field, the fact that INAF has the duty to communicate its research is not an issue. The questions to answer are rather: what should we communicate, how and to whom?

In this paper we are going to describe in detail the experience we made trying to answer these questions, and we are going to present our activity in the form of case studies of public communication.

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Research on new methods and languages for public communication of astrophysics at the inaf national institute

Caterina Boccato   National Institute for Astrophysics, INAF, Italy

Elena Lazzaretto   National Institute for Astrophysics, INAF, Italy

Luca Nobili   National Institute for Astrophysics, INAF, Italy

INAF (www.inaf.it) is the central administration institute that in Italy promotes and coordinates the research activities in astrophysics and must, by law, contribute to the basic and advanced education from schools to university level, and to the public outreach of astrophysics and space science.

Astronomy has always been one of the most diffused sciences among people, also in the past centuries, mainly because of the charm exerted on the general public.

For this reason and thanks to its consolidated experience in this field, the fact that INAF has the duty to communicate its research is not an issue. The questions to answer are rather: what should we communicate, how and to whom?

In this paper we are going to describe in detail the experience we made trying to answer these questions, and we are going to present our activity in the form of case studies of public communication.

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