AIRI (Italian Association for Industrial Research)

AIRI (Italian Association for Industrial Research) is a not for profit Association, established in 1974, representative of a national network of industries and public research institutions, with the mission to promote Research & Innovation to enhance industrial competitiveness. Amongst its associates are major R&I industrial players (several multinational), SMEs, public and privates research organizations, universities, regional technology clusters. Its division, AIRI/Nanotec IT, is a focal point for Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) in Italy. The researchers of AIRI members represent about one third of those operating in the country. Due to this broad representative base, AIRI is a key opinion leader for decision-makers sustaining industrial research, strategic for the technological development of the Country.

Key Persons

Dr. Andrea Porcari: Project Manager, degree in physics. He spent several years as an engineer for the design of semiconductor components and devices in STMicroelectronics. He joined AIRI in 2005, contributing to the NanoRoadMap, FramingNano, NanoCode, ObservatoryNano, Responsible Industry, and NanoDiode projects. His work is related to technology and policy analysis studies on emerging technologies. He has managed the organization of several national and international survey, conferences, dialogue events, thematic working groups, and the preparation of reports on technology assessment and application of R&I activities on KETs.


Dr. Elvio Mantovani: Managing Director of AIRI/Nanotec IT, PhD in chemistry, long involvement in R&D, and in management and planning of technology based innovation. He has taken part in several EU projects often as scientific coordinator (in FP7 FramingNano and NanoCode). He is participating in WGs dealing with emerging technologies and Responsible Research and Innovation, such as those of Federchimica and Assobiotec (agencies of the Italian Chemical Industry Association), the Technical Committee on nanotechnologies of the National Standard Body (UNI), the WG “Nanomaterials” of the Italian Workers Compensation Authority (INAIL). Dr Mantovani has been invited to several international events on technology assessment of R&I.


Dr. Sesto Viticoli: AIRI Vice President. Former Director of the Institute for Nanostructured Materials (2000-2006) and of Dept of Molecular Design (2006-2011) of the National Research Council (CNR). He has been involved in several national and international projects on nanomaterials and related technologies, with a special emphasis on materials and technologies for conservation and restoration of the cultural heritage.




 Dr. Vitantonio Altobello: AIRI Secretary general, degree in political science, is experienced in FP5/6/7 projects with a focus on socio-economic analyses and dissemination of innovation toward industrial research communities.