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Lifetime Achievement Award


Purpose of the Award

The purpose of the award is to honor an individual who has done for the IAPRI packaging research community over many years outstanding work and service which have uniquely strengthened and advanced the growth of IAPRI and its reputation as the leading global research and education association. There should be evidence for sustained and recognized contributions to the work of IAPRI.

The award will be granted every two years at the biannual IAPRI Conference.

Specific Eligibility Criteria

A person who is currently serving as an IAPRI Board Member is not eligible for nomination.

Nomination of Candidates

Calls for nominations will be sent to each IAPRI board member and all member organisations.

The nominations should contain the following information:

 a) Curriculum vitae of the candidate (in English, not exceeding two A4 pages, preferably sent by e-mail). 

 b) A statement of the reasons why the candidate has been nominated (in English, not exceeding two A4 pages, preferably sent by e-mail).

 c) Name, address, e-mail and telephone number of the nominee.

 d) Name, address, e-mail and telephone number of the individual/group making the nomination. 

 e) A recent photograph of the nominee. 

Nominations should be received before 1 February of the year in which the award is presented and sent to the IAPRI Secretary General, Ed Church.

Secretary General, IAPRI

IAPRI Secretariat


All nominations will be acknowledged.

Selection and Award

The IAPRI president shall appoint a committee that will review the nominations and make recommendations to the IAPRI board. The committee shall develop and use an objective, criteria-based system for evaluating nominations to ensure consistency and fairness over time. The system is subject to the approval of the IAPRI board. 

Nominees must be or have been an employee of an IAPRI member institution. The award recognizes an individual who meets the following criteria:

  1. The nominee should have had a significant impact on IAPRI
  2. The recipient’s achievements should have had a lasting and significant impact on packaging.
  3. The nominee should have participated in IAPRI conferences and symposia over many years.
  4. The nominee should have participated in other IAPRI activities, such as organizing IAPRI events, contributing in Working Groups, etc.

The IAPRI board will make a decision on the recommendations of the committee. All deliberations will be in private and the IAPRI board will not disclose the reasons for an award being declined. The IAPRI board decision on all matters is final.

Awardees will be recognised during the Official Dinner of the IAPRI Conference, and the IAPRI President will present the award. The Awards consist of a commemorative gift, a contribution to the airfare based on standard rate of up to 1000 pounds sterling and free registration for the conference.

If a suitable candidate is not found or there are no nominations, the award will not be presented during the next conference.

June 2015


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.