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Visiting Speaker Seminar: Dr John Kettle, LUKE Finland

Nov 14, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Dr John Kettle

Director of Customer Solutions and International Relations   |  LUKE (Natural Resources Institute Finland)

LUKE’s activities and potential areas of collaboration

Time:  Thursday 14th November 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Venue:  University of Adelaide meeting room, level 1 – Plant Research Centre

Dr John Kettle is hosted by Professor Maria Saarela (Research Director, Food Sciences), SARDI and The University of Adelaide .


LUKE’s research is divided into four research programmes. In addition, LUKE has many authority and expert services. The research programmes aim to create new bio-based products and business opportunities, increase productivity by digitalization, support regional vitality by circular economy, create well-being from immaterial values, and support the profitability of healthy food production.

  • The Boreal Green Bioeconomy programme promotes sustainable use of renewable resources in a fast-paced operating environment. The objective is to secure growing and stable forest and field biomass as raw material, create new products, energy and services from such raw materials and develop the production and refining processes of the bioeconomy.
  • Blue Bioeconomy research provides comprehensive support for businesses based around waterways and water, such as fish and algae farming, fishing and the use of new technologies and by-products.
  • The Innovative Food System program supports a sustainable, profitable and innovative food chain at every stage. The objective is to improve the sustainability and competitiveness of animal production and enhance competitiveness and diversity of plant production. The program evaluates and promotes novel production concepts and develops value-added and healthy food and feed concepts.
  • Biosociety –  LUKE promotes a sustainable bioeconomy and the changes it requires in society. LUKE has an impact on the forming of policies related to the sustainable and acceptable use of renewable natural resources and on the spreading of sustainable technologies and business models. LUKE studies the functioning of markets and create ways that help to build climate resilience in society.

About the Speaker

Dr. John Kettle has been working in research for the pulp and paper related industries since 1983 when he started his R&D career in his native UK with English China Clays. In 1997, he moved to Sundsvall in Sweden to work for SCA Graphic Research and worked in their R&D management until 2006 when he moved to Finland to work at KCL (a jointly run R&D centre for the leading pulp, paper and packaging companies in Finland). At KCL he had various positions including Research Area Director for an area called “Sustainable Production Technologies” before in 2010, KCL was merged into VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT). At VTT he worked in research and international business development ending up as one of the Vice Presidents of Sales and Business Development. In 2018, John joined Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) to develop the international customer engagement and in 2019 became the Director of Customer Solutions and International Relations in the same institute.


Nov 14
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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University of Adelaide meeting room, Level 1 Plant Research Centre
2B Hartley Grove
Urrbrae, SA 5064 Australia

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