2015 Nelli Awardee. The only Italian expert on Egyptian ceramics, Maria Cristina Guidotti earned a degree in Egyptology (1976). She began working for the Archaeological Superintendent’s Office of Tuscany as curator of the Egyptian Museum in Florence (1980). Since 1998, she has been the museum’s director. She personally manages the museum’s set-up and has organized numerous exhibitions and curated their catalogs in Florence including One hundred years after Antinoe, The Battle of Kadesh, The Pharaonic Renaissance. Since 1975, she has continuously participated in archeological excavations in Egypt organized by the University of Pisa and the "G. Vitelli" Papyrological Institute in Florence. Since 2009, she has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the Egyptian Museum in Turin. She has participated in several conferences and congresses focusing on Egyptian ceramics in Florence’s Egyptian Museum Collection and has published numerous books and articles primarily centered around ceramics and the museum. In her continuous work to enhance Florence’s Egyptian Museum and encourage an interest in Archeology in the city of the Renaissance, she organized the 11th International Congress of Egyptologists in Florence in 2015 which was a huge success and brought together 700 delegates from all over the world.