Gruppo Italiano Astrometristi

The Gruppo Italiano Astrometristi (G.I.A.) (Italian Astrometry Group) in '90s throught year 2000 coordinated all the astrometric activity done in Italy by amateur astronomers having an MPC code.
By admission of the late Brian G. Marsden, former director of Minor Planet Center, in the '90s the Italian working group was as active as the well known Japanese group in terms of discoveries and measures sent to his office.
The G.I.A. members had a meeting a year (now discontinued); they were connected via a mailing list.

G.I.A. group 95
The G.I.A. group during the meeting of April 22th, 1995 held in MPC 595 Farra d'Isonzo (GO): ninth from left in stand up row (with a blue shirt) is Gareth V. Williams, now retired associated director of the Minor Planet Center, Cambridge, MA.

G.I.A. group 96
The G.I.A. group during the meeting of April 27th, 1996 held in MPC 030 Arcetri Obs. near Florence. The author of this note is the third one in the second row, starting from left

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