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Professor Mauro Messerotti was born in Trieste, Italy and studied at the University of Trieste, where he got the degree of "Doctor in Physics" (Astrophysics) with honors (1982) and the Magister Philosophiae in Theoretical Astrophysics from the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS, Trieste) (1986). He has been working as research astronomer (permanent staff) at the Trieste Astronomical Observatory-National Institute for Astrophysics since 1987. He is adjunct professor at the Department of Physics, Trieste University. He is the head of the Solar Radio Physics and Space Meteorology Group and coordinator of the Basovizza Observing Station in Trieste, where the Trieste Solar Radio System is operated as a node of the European Space Weather Network promoted by the European Space Agency (ESA). Professor Messerotti is a member of IAU Commission 10 and the Space Weather Working Team of ESA. He has been visiting professor at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz (Austria) and was co-director of summer schools on solar physics organized in Graz and Trieste at the Abdus Salam ICTP. His main research field is Solar Radio Physics and its applications to Space Weather diagnostics.

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