There are four categories of membership
Full membership is open to organisations where research into packaging or the
development of test methods in packaging or development and implementation of
higher educational programs are an important part of the work.
Full members are eligible to
a quarterly newsletter - packaging research and education
reduced price entry to IAPRI events
entry to IAPRI Symposia (once every two years)
membership to IAPRI working groups as follows:
Eligibility for IAPRI Scholarship
Listing on the IAPRI web site
Access to the member only part of the web site where papers from IAPRI events are made available
In addition Full Members can:
apply to host a IAPRI event
apply to become a IAPRI director
have voting rights at the annual General Meeting
The IAPRI Full membership fee is $650 per annum
To apply for IAPRI Full membership please click here for the application form
Associate membership is available to those organisations who may not meet all the
requirements for full membership at the time of application but will commit to a
2 year time period where they will get help to convert to full membership.
Associate members have all the same rights and entitilements as Full members with the exception of voting rights at the General Meeting and representation at the Board. Associate members are also not expected to apply to host an event.
The IAPRI associate membership fee is $650 per annum
To apply for IAPRI associate membership please click here for the application form
Affiliate membership is available to those organisations who do not carry out research
but have a definite interest in supporting packaging research.
Affiliate members have all the same rights and entitilements as Full members with the exception of voting rights at the General Meeting and representation at the Board. Affiliate members are also not able to host an event.
The IAPRI affiliate membership fee is $650 per annum
To apply for IAPRI affiliate membership please click here for the application form
Corporate membership is available to commercial organisation undertaking packaging research,
testing and/or higher education activities or having a demonstrable interest in
Corporate members have all the same rights and entitilements as Full members with the exception of voting rights at the General Meeting and representation at the Board. Corporate members are also not able to host an event.
The IAPRI corporate membership fee is $1,300 per annum
To apply for IAPRI corporate membership please click here for the application form
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: email@example.com
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.