Lidija Bitz is a principle research scientist of plant genomics at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). She has a decade of working experience and research exchange from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. Lidija obtained a MSc degree and defended a PhD thesis at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. During those times she was very active in inventory, collection and genetic diversity evaluations within different germplasm. She is active in the dissemination of achieved results through the authorship and editing of monographs, scientific papers, book chapters and professional articles. She has also been successful in implementing international and regional scientific and developmental projects, starting from her student days.