Maria Betti obtained her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Pisa (Italy) where she gives lectures as Professor of Instrumental Analytical Chemistry for Environmental Research.
She has published more than 200 scientific articles related to environmental chemistry and protection. She has worked in several laboratories in Europe and the USA. From 1991 to 2008, she led the Analytical and Environment Section of the Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) in Karlsruhe (Germany) which is part of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. In August 2008, she moved to Monaco where she was appointed Director of the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories. From January 2010 until September 2012, she was responsible for the entire Environment Programme of the IAEA, heading a new Division called IAEA Environment Laboratories, which consisted of the Marine Environment Laboratories in Monaco and of the Terrestrial Laboratory in Seibersdorf (Austria). From October 2012 to April 2015, she was Director of the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability in Ispra (Italy). As of April 2015, she is Director of the JRC Directorate for Nuclear Safety & Security in Karlsruhe (Germany)