Airi (Italian Association for Industrial Research) is a not-for-profit private organization, funded in 1974. Its mission is to promote industrial Research and Innovation and co-operation between the private and public sectors, to enhance the competitive position of the Country.
Airi members are large industrial enterprises and SMEs, universities, public research institutions, technology clusters and financial organizations. Due to its broad representative base, Airi is acknowledged as a key opinion leader in Technology forecasting and Research-policy design.
Airi publishes since 1995 the report “Key Technologies for the Italian Industry”, on the basis of the work of more than two hundred R&D Managers, providing an analysis of the impacts of future innovations on key economical industrial sectors.
During its lifetime, Airi has built competences in Key Enabling Technologies and Nanotechnologies, Research and Innovation policies and strategies, sustainability and social responsibility, co-creation and open innovation practices, and the exploitation and dissemination of scientific knowledge.
Over the past 15 years Airi has been very active in participating in European, national and regional initiatives and cooperative projects on these themes, and organizing events on Key Enabling Technologies and their applications.