Airi is a private non-profit association with juridical personality representative of a national network of about 100 members: Industries, SME’s, Research Organisations, Public research bodies and Universities, Financial institutions and Industrial associations. Airi industrial members include major Italian players in the EU Industrial R&D investment scoreboard.
Founded in 1974, Airi mission today is to foster the co-operation between Industry and Public research in Italy and the European Union and to promote Italy-based R&D and Innovation toward the national and international dimension.
Since 1995 Airi publishes on a regular basis the report analysis «Key Technologies for the Italian Industry», with the aim of focusing the innovations of the near future on top sectors of interest at national level, in particular: Digital technologies, Microelectronics, Chemistry, Health and Biotech, Energy, Transportation, Space, Advanced Manufacturing, Environment. A key aspect of the analysis is the connection of technology development with sustainability goals and global challenges.
Leading the co-ordination of several Committees and Working groups, involving a large number of R&D managers and researchers from Industry and Public Research, Airi is acknowledged as a key opinion leader in Technology forecasting and Research-policy design.
The Association represents the interests of industrial research and co-operates with public entities and the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Italian Trade Commission. Airi is member of APRE – Agency for the Promotion of European Research and of UNI-Italian Standard Body.
In the European Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development, Airi has been involved in several EU cooperative projects, both as coordinator and partner, being a pivotal actor of an extensive European network of science and technology stakeholders. The main areas and themes of interest are: future industrial innovation, R&I policies and strategies, sustainability and social responsibility, enabling technologies.