He is a plant neurobiologist and keen to spread the word about his innovative scientific field. The New Yorker included him in their list of world changers, and he was selected by the Italian newspaper la Repubblica as one of the 20 Italians who are “destined to change our lives’.
Stefano Mancuso is the founder of the science of plant neurobiology. He is a professor at the University of Florence and an academic at the Accademia dei Georgofili, as well as head of the International Plant Neurobiology Laboratory (LINV, www.linv.org), which is based in Florence, Kitakyushu, Bonn and Paris. He is a founding member of the International Society for Plant Signaling & Behavior and a Fellow Professor at several international universities. He is the founder and Editor in Chief of the journals “Plant Signaling and Behavior” (USA) and “Advances in Horticultural Science”. In 2010 he became the first Italian scientist to be invited as a speaker at a TED GLOBAL conference. The video of the conference, which was held in Oxford, has been viewed 1 million times on the TED website. In 2013 he wrote the multi-award-winning best-seller “Brilliant Green” published by Giunti.
In 2014 he founded PNAT (www.pnat.net) a start-up at the University of Florence for the creation of technology inspired by plants. With PNAT he produced Jellyfish Barge, a self-contained, eco-sustainable floating greenhouse, which was presented at EXPO 2015 and has won various international awards. In 2016 he won the Austrian Science & Technology Minister’s award “Wissenschaftbuck des Jahres” for the best scientific essay of the year. In 2018, his book “Plant Revolution” won the Galileo Prize, the most prestigious award for scientific writing. L’incredibile viaggio delle piante, La Nazione delle piante (2019 Capalbio Prize and Earth Prize) and La pianta del mondo are published by Laterza. In 2022 he published with Einaudi The tribe of trees, his first fiction book. His books are translated into 27 languages.
In 2022 he was awarded the Fiorino d’Oro, the highest award of the City of Florence, and was appointed scientific director of the newly created Fondazione per il future delle città.