Elvio Mantovani is the Scientific Director of AIRI/Nanotec IT (Italian Centre for Nanotechnology), a structure created by AIRI (Italian Association for Industrial Research) to promote nanotechnology and the other Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and their applications in Italy, by strengthening the cooperation between public research and industry, promoting technology transfer, educating decision makers.

Elvio Mantovani, with a Doctor degree in Chemistry from University of Rome La Sapienza, before joining AIRI has worked in both academia and industry. He is member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), UK. His present interests cover research and technology planning, international cooperation, with a particular attention to responsible research and innovation. In his capacity, he has been/is involved in EU projects (from FP6 to Horizon 2020), often as coordinator, deepening relevant issues related to the development of nanotechnologies and the other enabling technologies.