Antonella Nota

Associate Director of the European Space Agency
Antonella Nota

As the associate director of the European Space Agency (ESA), Dr. Antonella Nota oversees all ESA personnel who support the Hubble Space Telescope mission and is responsible for Hubble outreach efforts in Europe, which includes the dissemination of the observatory’s results and communications with the public. She is also directs all science policies and public communications that support the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Additionally, she serves as the ESA project scientist for Hubble and JWST guest observers.

Dr. Nota joined the institute in 1986 and became a member of the ESA staff in 1990. She spent the first 10 years of her career at the institute supporting Hubble’s instrument science operations, which included leadership roles for the Faint Object Camera (FOC) group, the Observatory Support group, and the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) group. She then served as the deputy head and the head of the science division, and more recently as the head of the science mission office at the institute, where she organized the science activities and coordinated career development processes for its research staff. With Project Scientist Brad Whitmore, she designed and implemented the Caroline Herschel Visitor Program, a highly visible distinguished visitor program to enhance the representation of women and minorities at the institute.

Dr. Nota strongly advocates combining art and science to spark the curiosity of the public, which has led to several successful partnerships with artists and curators. For example, in collaboration with German artist Tim Otto Roth, she contributed to “From the Distant Past,” which projected signals from distant galaxies observed by Hubble on the façades of buildings in Venice, Italy, New York City, and Baltimore, Maryland. She has also collaborated with curator and historian Anna Caterina Bellati to produce “Our Place In Space,” a science and art exhibit shown in Venice and Chiavenna, where 10 prominent Italian artists were asked to interpret Hubble images.

Dr. Nota has published more than 200 articles in astronomical journals and books, and contributed to press releases and science announcements. Her work has appeared in the Astrophysical Journal, the Astronomical Journal, and the Astrophysics and Space Science Library publications. She has contributed to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, the IAU (International Astronomical Union) Symposia, and the SPIE Conference Series. She is a member of AAS, the IAU, and L’Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.



Laurea in Astronomia, Università degli Studi di Padova

Research Interests

Magellanic Clouds, massive stars, nebulae around luminous blue variable stars, stellar evolution, young massive star clusters