Ilkka Virtanen is currently working as International Relations Manager at Tampere University of Technology. His task is to create and manage university’s strategic research partnerships and networks and to facilitate the creation of new active research collaboration.
Prior to his current post he headed seven years’ university’s Research and Innovation Services, where he gained in-depth experience of research funding, agreements and intellectual property rights. His unit also supported commercialising research results and the creation of new businesses and entrepreneurship.
Virtanen has over 18 years’ experience of diverse research collaboration and research funding and of the support of prominent research groups. Previously he has also worked in support of business information management, medicine and bio sciences.