Paolo Tosi was born in Treviso, Italy, on January 26, 1956. He received his degree in Physics (cum laude) from the University of Padova in 1980 and, after military service from 1981-2 as an officer of the Alpine Troops, went on to study in Austria at the University of Innsbruck, receiving his PhD in 1985 for a thesis on ion-neutral collisions at low energies (supervisor Prof. W. Lindinger). In the course of these studies (1984), he was a visiting scientist in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Utah, USA (Supervisor Prof. J. Futrell).

From 1986 Dr Tosi has been a University Researcher in experimental physics. At present, he is professor of experimental physics at the University of Trento.

He directed the 1996 CNR National School of Atomic and Molecular Physics and the 1998 European Winter School on the Structure and Reactivity of Molecular Ions. In 2001 he was a lecturer at the INFM National School on "Elementary interactions, trapping and manipulation of atomic and molecular system". In May 2002 he was a lecturer at the MCInet European Summer School.

Member of the Evaluation Commission of the University of Trento (2001 - 2004).

He has organised several international conferences and workshops.

Refereeing for: Plasma Processes and Polymers; Plasma Source Science and Technology; International Journal of Mass Spectrometry; The Journal of Physical Chemistry; Chemical Physics; Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics; The Journal of Chemical Physics; Chemical Engineering Science; The Research Foundation Flanders (FWO); Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)