History of science studies and
historical source enhancement

Promoting and supporting research on the history of scientific disciplines is among the Academy’s institutional aims, including the collection of direct testimonies of personalities who have been protagonists of the history of Italian research.

In recent years, the Academy has conceived and coordinated, also in collaboration with other institutions, several programs of in-depth study that are unprecedented from a historiographical point of view: Science in the South from the Unification of Italy to the Present; Science and the Great War; Celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Angelo Secchi SJ.


The Academy is also committed to the enhancement of the scientific contributions of members. After the National Edition of the publications of Ruggiero Giuseppe Boscovich, it recently promoted a pilot project on member Felice Fontana Novum Corpus Fontanianum. A Guide to Sources on Felice Fontana, which collects the publications, texts, documents, and scientific instruments produced by one of the protagonists of Italian and European scientific research between the 18th and 19th centuries.

Digit XL, a census of the works and writings of the Academy’s founding members, is currently underway.