President of National Research Council of Italy, CNR
Luigi Nicolais is President of CNR, the National Research Council of Italy, Professor Emeritus of Material Science at the University of Naples “Federico II” and since February 2012. He is the founder and director of the Interdepartmental Center for Research on Biomaterials and he is a member of the Scientific Committees of several institutions, such as Federchimica, Confindustria and Alenia and professional societies.
He is a representative of Gruppo 2003, an Assembly of Italian Researchers which has been ranked by the ISI (Institute for Scientific Information) of Philadelphia, among the most important and well-known in the world.
Since 2004 he has been President and Founder of IMAST (Engineering District of Polymeric Materials) and in 1995 he became Chairman of “Città della Scienza” and ARTI (Regional Agency for Innovation and Technology of Region of Puglia) e has written 7 books and over 60 reviews as well as published over 400 papers in international journals and 63 in national journals. He has been awarded numerous prizes and certificates of honor by various national and international scientific Societies and institutional bodies for his achievements and contribution to science, and has taught in a number of foreign Universities.
He was regional minister for University and Scientific Research and Technological Innovation in the Region of Campania, and member of the Italian Parliament. In 2006, he was appointed Minister of Public Administration and Innovation of the Italian Republic and was given the Order of Merit.