Ilmo Aronen, who graduated with a degree in animal science, works as the R&D director at Rehuraisio Oy and the representative of Raisio Research Foundation.
1. What did you study?
I studied animal science, particularly animal nutrition, in Viikki.
2. What do you do for a living?
I work as the R&D director at Rehuraisio Oy, a subsidiary of Raisio Plc. In addition, I serve as the representative of Raisio Research Foundation. In my work I engage in continuous cooperation with universities and research institutes both in Finland and abroad. On the other hand, I also cooperate with farms and many animal product companies. My job is to generate and acquire research-based knowledge to support feed product development.
3. How does the future look in your field?
The future of my field looks good. In Finland we know that sustainable animal production must be ethical, ecological and economical. Finland has technological knowhow. Animal research has fairly good resources, particularly in the field of dairy cattle. All in all, agriculture is a field of the future. After all, agriculture produces not only food, but also energy and experiences.
4. What is your favourite memory of your studies?
My best memories have to do with various recreational activities in sports and music. I had a fairly tight-knit group of friends, and many of those friendships have lasted a lifetime. I completed my Master’s thesis project at the Alfa Laval research farm in Sweden. It was a great experience for which I am still grateful.