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The IAPRI Board consists of the following Directors:

Jay Singh

President, IAPRI

Professor, Packaging Program Director, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, California, USA

Jay enjoys an international reputation for research and consulting related to package design, distribution environment measurement and simulation, material and package testing, product-package compatibility validation, Life Cycle Assessment and Radio Frequency Identification applications for packaging. He has consulted with over 100 companies on various packaging research projects in the last 15 years in the automotive, pharmaceutical/medical device, food and beverage, furniture and several other consumer product categories.

Edward A. Church

Secretary General, IAPRI

Ed was President of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), serving in that capacity from 1995 until 2016. He is a graduate of the Michigan State University School of Packaging with both a Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Packaging. He is an IoPP Fellow and Lifetime Certified Packaging Professional and has an extensive background in transport packaging performance testing. He was one of the founders of Lansmont Corporation, including President. He is a member of the ASTM D-10 and F-2, and past board member of IAPRI. Church is a Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and is an Honorary Life Member.  He has been inducted into the National Packaging Hall of Fame and the MSU Packaging Hall of Fame. Ed is also the recipient of the ISTA 2016 R. David LeButt Award.

In his 50-year career in packaging, he has given over 100 conference presentations around the world. 

Ed became the Secretary General of IAPRI in January of 2018.

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Changfeng Ge

Professor in the College of Applied Science and Technology, Department of Packaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, USA .

He is the founding director of the American Packaging Corporation Center for Packaging Innovation at RIT. Dr Ge is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Packaging Research, ASTM D10.13 chairman and an active member of ISTA and TAPPI. Dr Ge presented his 1st IAPRI paper in IAPRI Symposium at Reims France in 1994, representing Singapore Institute of Industrial Research . In 1999, Dr Ge organized the 11th IAPRI world conference on packaging in Singapore. 

Greg Batt

Assistant Professor, Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences Department,

Clemson University Director of the Sonoco Package Testing Laboratory, USA

Greg earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University with a focus in nonlinear dynamics and vibrations. He holds a M.S. in Packaging Science from Clemson University. He has served on the faculty at Clemson University with the department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences since 2004 and has served as the package testing and materials evaluation laboratory director since 2001. He is a Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional with the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and serves on ISTA’s Global Board of Directors as the vice-chair. Greg currently teaches a course on the “Mechanical Properties of Packaging”, its associated lab “Shock and Vibration Laboratory”, and the class “Distribution Packaging.” He leads graduate student research in the area of transportation and distribution packaging and packaging dynamics with recent work in: Triboelectric energy harvesting, Multi-axis vibration simulation, Modeling of expanded polymer cushion materials, Cushion testing method optimisation

Silvia Dantas

Metal and Glass Packaging Manager, CETEA Vice-Director, Brazil

Silvia is a food engineer with a PhD in food technology. She has worked in packaging R&D for more than 25 years with focus on metal package chemical, physical and mechanical performances, food / package interaction, metal contamination and package closure. Coordination of several projects to support development of closure alternatives for metal cans of food and chemical products and to validate new can material specification with focus on material reduction.

Management of activities related to food package safety requirements in compliance with legislation.

Quality Manager of CETEA responsible for ISO 9001:2008 certification of CETEA Quality Management System and laboratory accreditation of test methods according to ISO IEC 17025:2005 standard.

Maria Jose Galotto

Professor, Head Food Packaging Laboratory, Univeristy of Santiago de Chile

Maria-Jose is pharmacist with a phD in food Science and Engineering. She is Full Professor of Santiago de Chile University at Food Science and Technology Department, and head of the Food-Packaging Platform. Her research is focuses in food packaging processes (active, biodegradable, food-packaging interaction process, nanotechnology). She is NPC (National contact point for Nanotechnology of the European Union in Chile). She is involve in IAPRI since 2001, and she is collaborating with other IAPRI groups in different research projects.

Renee Wever

Vice President, IAPRI

Professor of Industrial Design Engineering, Linkoping University, Sweden

He holds a MSc and a PhD in Industrial Design Engineering. His research focusses on packaging (design) and sustainability. He has been a frequent attender of IAPRI events since the 2006 conference in Tokyo. Besides the IAPRI board, Renee also serves as an associate editor for Wiley’s Packaging Technology and Science, where he focusses mainly on consumer and user related papers (i.e. marketing and ergonomics aspects).

Katsuhiko Saito

Professor,Transport Packaging Laboratory, Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University, Japan.

Prof. Saito is the vice-president of the Society of Packaging Science & Technology Japan, and is an opinion leader in the field of Japanese transport packaging technology. He is a graduate of the school of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University that carries out research about the whole of human activities at sea.

Prof. Saito studies the carriage of goods at the university and works on education of the academy life very eagerly. He has supervised the transport packaging laboratory, TPL. TPL at Kobe University focuses on research and education, and is complemented with joint research projects in transport packaging. The laboratory is fully equipped with modern transport packaging test equipment, is part of the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences and has the primary goal of providing transport packaging research and education in the school.

Wannee Chinsirikul

Principal Researcher and Director of Polymer Research Unit, National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), Thailand.

Dr. Chinsirikul received her B.Sc. (Honors) in Polymer & Textile from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), M.S. in Polymer Science and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University (USA). Her primary area of research is polymer blends, film processing and plastic packaging.

Research work of her team on the ‘breathable film for tropical fresh produce’ has been commercialized and received several technological awards in Thailand and at the international conference and exhibition. She also has participated in consulting and contract R&D projects relating to polymer extrusion and product development. Dr. Chinsirikul is coauthor of a book chapter entitled ‘Current and Innovative Packaging Technologies for Tropical and Subtropical Fruits’ in Tropical and Subtropical Fruit Processing and Packaging, Siddiq M (editor), John-Wiley Publishing Co., Ames, Iowa, USA, 2012.

Lu Binglin

Marketing Director, China Packaging Research & Test Center

Lu received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Packaging Engineering from Tianjin University of Science and Technology. She has been working within the area of packaging testing and packaging integrated solution for more than 11 years. She worked on packaging testing in the lab of transport packaging and packaging materials for more than 4 years. She participated in projects on standard development, automotive packaging and QM of packaging suppliers. Currently she has shared her time between Chinese marketing requirements investigation on packaging and international & domestic distribution packaging association operation.

Frank Welle

Head of Product Safety and Analytics Department at Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV) in Freising, Germany

Frank is a chemist and received a PhD at University of Freiburg. In 1997 he moved to the Product Safety and Analytics Department at Fraunhofer IVV. The research of the group with around 35 scientists, engineers and technicians focusses on the interactions between food packaging materials and food and on the consumer exposure to packaging related migrants. Frank is an expert in diffusion modelling. His laboratory is fully equipped with modern analytical equipment for migration and permeation testing. The migration laboratory is accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025.


Yves Wyser

R&D Expert in Packaging, Nestlé research Center, Lausanne Switzerland

Yves holds a PhD in Materials Science from the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL). For over 20 years, he has worked at the Nestlé Research Center in packaging related developments, with a special focus on Shelf-life prediction tools development. He has also specialized in the assessment of novel materials and technologies, including on the topic of Nanomaterials in food contact materials, for which he has been member of the ILSI expert group. He has serveed since January 2018 as an associate editor for Wiley’s Packaging Technology and Science, focusing on papers related to new materials. 

Yves is the representative of the first Corporate IAPRI member and, as such, has attended most IAPRI events since 2006 and co-organized the 2017 Symposium with the The School of Engineering and Management Vaud and the Academia meets industry session at the IAPRI 2018 World Packaging Conferencee. 


Academia meets industry in China at the IAPRI 2018 World Packaging Conference

IAPRI’s June Conference was successful on many levels, but may also be remembered as the first event to feature a trial Academia Meets Industry session.

As the name suggests, the aim is to bridge the gap between industry’s needs and the research capabilities of IAPRI member organizations and university departments. “The central idea is to create an opportunity to encourage collaboration,” says co-organizer of the session, Yves Wyser of Nestlé Research Center.

An audience of around 30 heard three five-minute presentations. Two of these were from academia, seeking industry partners to take their projects a step further. Dan Xu of Southwest University, Chongqing, China, talked about nanomaterial applications in food packaging, and Cristina Guzman of UDEM, Mexico, presented on the characterization of Mexican roads.

Frank Zeng of York Colour, Jinjian, China, reciprocated by outlining his company’s needs regarding cost-effective light barrier in beverage packaging.

Helping to coordinate the new event were Jun Wang of Jiangnan University, China, and Tamal Ghosh of Omya Singapore. The idea had been proposed in previous years, but has only now come to fruition.

“Attendees welcomed the initiative, which will be pursued at future IAPRI events,” says Wyser. Format and frequency are still being discussed, he adds. Suggestions can be addressed to the organizers via Secretary General Ed Church:

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IAPRI PepsiCo Student Exchange Scholarship for Research

The IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship for the 2018-’19 academic year has been awarded to Wanjun Chu of Linköping University, Sweden, for his proposal to investigate the influence of on-pack information on consumers’ food waste behavior.

He says he is “excited and grateful” to have this opportunity, and plans to spend time at Karlstad University, also in Sweden, and RMIT University, Australia. The Scholarship, worth $7,000, is generously sponsored by PepsiCo.

In his video presentation, pitched to an IAPRI judging panel during the Zhuhai Conference, he pointed out that there was an urgent need to develop improved understanding of how packaging attributes affect behavior around food waste in different contexts. The proposal is to focus on date-related on-pack information on dairy products. As he notes, studies have shown that the date label triggers as much as a third of avoidable household food waste in the UK.

One concern is that products which have been correctly stored are thrown away, even though perfectly edible, simply because the ‘best before’ date (but not the ‘use by’ date) has expired. Wanjun Chu first plans to interview experienced design masters students at Linköping for feedback on methodology. At Karlstad and RMIT, the aim is to recruit around 10 households in each location and spend three or four months assessing the impact of date information on behavior and exploring possible adjustments to on-pack design.

Design options could include a calendar-style visualization of ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates or a QR code link to a webpage with more detailed information on storage and shelf-life.

Activity Theory will be used to interpret collected data. A design ethnography approach will be applied in order to address challenges of accurate self-reporting and motivation among consumers.