Airi/Nanotech ITAIRI/Nanotec IT – Italian Association for Industrial Research


AIRI is a private, not-for profit, association funded in 1974 to promote industrial Research and Innovation in Italy and to enhance co-operation between the private and public sector. The Association is the focal point for about 100 members operating in Research & Innovation and researchers from AIRI members represent about the 45% of the country. Due to this broad representative base, AIRI is a key opinion leader for decision-makers sustaining industrial research as strategy for the technological development of the Country.

In 2003 AIRI has created AIRI/Nanotec IT, a technological division with the aim to promote nanotechnologies and, since 2014, the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and their industrial applications.

Main areas of activity within the KETs theme are: assess R&I trends and applications; evaluate KETs for the national industry; informing decision-makers on R&I policies; monitor regulation, safety, social and ethical impacts; foster stakeholders’ dialogue; promote public-private cooperation; disseminate information on R&I.

The Association operates at national and international level, organizing and participating to projects, working groups, multistakeholder dialogues and conferences, in order to support and stimulate Research & Innovation activities of its members. Promoting Responsible Research and Innovation is one of its main institutional duty.

Viale Gorizia 25/c, I – 00198 Rome
phone +39 068848831, +39 068546662
fax +39 068552949


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venetonanotechVeneto Nanotech

Veneto Nanotech was created in 2003 after careful valuation and analysis of the Italian business reality regarding innovation and technology transfer, and has grown to coordinate the activities of the hi tech cluster of nanotechnology applied to materials. Veneto Nanotech was established with the objective to build international excellence in research, to foster the application of nanotechnology, and to support the development of start-ups in the focus sector. It proposes itself as a link at an institutional level and as a referee for companies and research institutions, in order to create innovative hi-tech products. The Region of Veneto is the centre of the technological cluster, with strong scientific and productive competences, along with great application potentials in its industrial environment. Moreover, Veneto boasts the highest entrepreneurship rate in Italy, and a high concentration of businesses that are mostly interested in nanotechnology. The aforementioned characteristics of the region rendered it the most attractive site to develop the nanotech cluster.


Corso Stati Uniti, 4 -35127 Padova
Phone +39 049 8538801
Fax +39 041 5094279


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cnrCNR – National Research Council

The National Research Council is a public organization; its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country. To this end, the activities of the organization are divided into macro areas of interdisciplinary scientific and technological research, concerning several sectors: biotechnology, medicine, materials, environment and land, information and communications, advanced systems of production, judicial and socio-economic sciences, classical studies and arts. CNR has more than 4 thousand researchers active in almost 100 Institutes, working in the main fields of scientific and humanistic research. In addition to these ones there are more than 3000 junior scientists completing their training at CNR.



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IIT_logo_web3IIT – Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) was created with the objective of promoting Italy’s technological development and higher education in science and technology. IIT is making an effort to implement its scientific programme in this context, with the specific goal of integration between basic scientific research and the development of technical applications. The research is carried out in highly innovative scientific fields, which represent the most advanced frontiers in modern technology; their contents are widely applicable in multiple areas, from medicine to industry, from computer science to robotics, to life sciences and nanobiotechnology. IIT has chosen an organizational model inspired by the top national and international scientific institutions. To be able to effectively pursue its programme, it combines a main laboratory with internationally renown scientists, and a network of excellent laboratories, which contribute with in-depth studies into the programme’s individual points. IIT is a private law Foundation, created with special Government Law no. 269 of September 30th 2003,  which was later converted into Law n. 326 of November 2003.


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