Dr. Arja Laitila
I am the Principal Investigator at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd in the business area of Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment. My role is to support the whole innovation value chain from research into practical applications in the development of new intelligent concepts for food, beverage and fermentation industry. I hold a PhD in Food Sciences. I have broad experience especially in cereal, malting and brewing research. My particular expertise is in bioprocessing (with controlled germination of seeds and/or multifunctional microbes) of plant-based raw materials in order to improve safety, structure, flavour and nutritional properties of new beverage and food ingredients. I am also involved in the development of novel means to detect and control microbes in industrial ecosystems.
I have mainly worked in in the interface between science and industry (from SMEs to large multinational companies) and successfully acted as a project manager for both large research consortia as well as contract research projects. Furthermore, I am a strong expert in leadership management and have acted as a team leader. I enjoy working with cross-functional teams and across geographical boundaries. I am a member of EBC (European Brewing Convention) Brewing Science Group and Analysis Committee, Microbiology subgroup; and Finnish Cereal Committee (VYR); and the Finnish Master Brewers Association.