NanotechItaly 2012



AIRI/Nanotec IT

Founded in 1974 with the aim of promoting industrial research and enhancing co-operation between private and public sector, today AIRI – Italian Association for Industrial Research – is the focal point for more than 120 members operating in R&D. 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.

Nanotec IT – Italian Centre for Nanotechnology

Has been created by AIRI in 2003 to be a National focal point for nanotechnology of reference to industry, public research, governmental institutions. Its mission is to promote nanotechnology and its application in Italy and help to translate it into a competitive advantage for the Country.  

National Research Council (CNR)

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. ;  

Veneto 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.  

IIT – 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.