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IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship 2018-19

Sponsored by PepsiCo

Established in 2012 the IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarships support research undertaken by students in IAPRI member organisations and to allow them to travel to other member organisations to further their research work.

Objective

To undertake a research project at IAPRI member universities or research institutions

Eligible applicants

Graduate students enrolling at the IAPRI member universities/institutes. A graduate student is defined as a student holding a Bachelor degree, and enrolled/registered as pursuing a PhD or Masters-by-research degree.

Duration

Minimum of 6 months

Number of scholarships

One scholarship will be awarded

Scholarship amount

  • Stipend of 7000 US dollars
  • A lump sum towards air fare to and from the host institutes (no more than 660 US dollars per scholarship)

Requirements and Conditions

  • Candidates must be a graduate student currently enrolled in one of the IAPRI member universities or institutes
  • Candidates must have agreement to be supervised by the professor/researcher at the host/institute which is an IAPRI member
  • Candidates must agree to present an oral present describing the results of their research at the next IAPRI Symposium

Application documents

  • An application form with a recent photograph
  • A updated curriculum vitae
  • A confirmation letter from the supervisor at the host university/institute on the university/institute letter head stating that she/he is willing to guide the candidate's research project with a reference to the IAPRI Scholarship for Student Exchange 2018-2019
  • A detailed research proposal (two-pages including research question, intended approach and work schedule signed by the applicant and the supervisor at the university/institute the applicant is currently attending.
  • Details of the IAPRI member organisation where the student intends to carry out the research with an explanation as to why the visit would enhance the research project. 

Application procedure

  • An application form is available by clicking here
  • Required application documents as listed above should be saved or scanned and submitted by email to Ed Church at sg@iapri.org

Selection criteria

Applications will be considered by the IAPRI Scholarship Selection Committee based on academic achievements and research potential. Scoring will be against

  • Significance (address important problems and potential impacts on advancing packaging related knowledge)
  • Approach (develop conceptual framework, methods, and analyses appropriate to the aim of the research)
  • Scientific and technical merit
  • Innovation

Further information

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be shortlisted and candidates will be invited to the IAPRI conference, hosted by Jinan University and Hunan University of Technology in Zhuhai, China in June 2018 to make presentations of their proposals. IAPRI will not provide any financial support for travel or any other expenses relating to attending the ChIna conference. Those candidates unable to travel to China will be asked to create a video presentation of their research proposal. The successful candidate will be selected by IAPRI members at the conference.

The successful candidate will present their findings at the 29th IAPRI Symposium on Packaging, June 2019 hosted by the University of Twente, Netherlands. The candidates will be expected to fund their own travel and expenses to the Netherlands.

 

Important dates

  • Announcement: November 2017
  • Application deadline: 19th February 2018
  • Announcement of short-listed applicants:  mid- April
  • Presentation at conference: June 2018 (video presentation)
  • Announcement of successful candidate: June 2018 
  • Research period: between Sept 2018-May 2019
  • Final presentation of results at IAPRI symposium: June 2019

 

Contact person

Ed Church, IAPRI Secretary General

sg@iapri.org


 

 

Events

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: sg@iapri.org

Latest News

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.