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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


World Conference on Packaging 2018

The 21st IAPRI World Conference on Packaging will take place between 19-22 June in Zhuhai, China. It is hosted by Jinan University and Hunan University of Technology. Delegates and presenters at IAPRI events are used to finding themselves in impressive settings, and the Zhuhai Conference promises to be no exception, both in terms of the event venue itself and the locations for the social program.

 Meanwhile, huge progress has been made by the International Scientific Committee in refining the final program. Zhi-Wei Wang is professor and assistant president at JNU as well as being Conference chair. He explains: “Of the 207 abstracts approved for the general stream, 122 are accepted as oral presentations and 85 as poster presentations. In the peer review stream, 22 full papers were accepted for review. According to Dave Shires of Packaging Technology and Science, the review process for the peer review stream will be completed by April.”

The seven keynote speakers kicking off proceedings will be just the first of many highpoints over the four days of the event. A floating Official Dinner on the Wednesday will see former IAPRI President Thomas Goedecke being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Presentations from contenders for IAPRI’s Student Exchange Scholarship (generously sponsored by PepsiCo) will be staged on the Thursday.

 Regarding social activities, Zhi-Wei Wang says: “We plan to host the Official Dinner as a banquet in a ship-like restaurant off the coast, with local artistic performances. The view there is very beautiful, both of the sea itself and the newly-built Zhuhai Opera House.” Former IAPRI president Thomas Goedecke, of BAM, Germany, will be present at the onboard banquet to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his huge contribution both professionally and within IAPRI over the years.

In contrast to the Official Dinner, the Social Dinner will take place on the outskirts of Zhuhai, in “a place with a strong flavor of the countryside,” says Zhi-Wei Wang.

Three Working Group (WG) meetings will take place on the afternoon of the final day, after the IAPRI General Meeting, starting with the Packaging and Consumers WG and then with the Distribution Packaging and Sustainable Packaging

For more information and to register for the conference please click here

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IAPRI PepsiCo Student Exchange Scholarship for Research

IAPRI is pleased to announce that PepsiCo is sponsoring the 2018-2019 IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship.

PepsiCo had stated this in support of the Scholarship: 'We believe this scholarship will provide a deserving student the critical skills and research experience in the field of packaging, needed for a successful career in a packaging or a consumer products company.'

The scholarship is $7,000 and 6 months with the objective of graduate students travel to a member organisation to undertake research that will enhance their work. The applications are in and video presentations will be made at the Confernce in China, then attending members will vote to select the scholarship winner.