Prof. Erja Turunen is currently working as the Executive Vice President at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd in the Business area of Smart industry and energy systems. VTT has over 2400 specialists being the biggest research centre in Nordic countries, and one of the biggest in Europe. Business area for Smart industry and energy systems develops novel, smart solutions for the benefit of manufacturing industry as well as of energy systems.

Prof. Turunen is responsible for the visionary leadership of the Business area and responsible for overall activities in it. She ensures that VTT Group strategy is implemented as well as research and business goals along with financial objectives are met. Her responsibilities are also active participation for development of Finnish ecosystem as well as VTT’s position in European landscape.

Prof. Turunen’s scientific background is in materials and production technologies.  She is Doctor of Science (Material science) since the year 2005. Prof. Turunen has been working actively within national and international innovation ecosystems and has several positions of trusts relating to technology and innovation.