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Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark is the Patroness of the Danish Technological Institute The objective of the Danish Technological Institute is to be an active partner in the evolution of industry and society as a developer and mediator of technological innovation. "Technology" embraces technical, managerial and business related financial expertise as well as practical use of the new knowledge in all three areas. We build-up, maintain and disseminate knowledge and services, which gives improved competitiveness, sustainable use of resources, increased employment and qualification, as well as a reduced cost burden for society and companies. We co-operate with development and research centres in Denmark as well as abroad in order to find and interpret the latest knowledge - and we co-operate with business organisations, educational institutes and authorities in order to disseminate and utilise this knowledge quickly and effectively. The Danish Technological Institute is an independent, not-for-profit institution, which is approved as technological service agency by the Danish Ministry of Business and Industry. Packaging and Transport E&T is accredited by DANAK to carry out performance testing of finished packaging and analysis and physical testing of the raw materials used to produce it. E&T has a well-equipped laboratory for tests of both packaging materials and finished products according to internationally accepted standards such as ASTM, DIN, CEM, IAPRI, FEFCO, ISO, SS, ISTA and many more. E&T is a member of the following international organisations: --WPO (World Packaging Organisation) --SES (Scandinavian Packaging Association) --IAPRI (International Association of Packaging Research Institutes) --ESTI (European Society of Transport Institutes) --Øresund Food Network and the following Danish organisations: --EANCOM --CLT (Centre for Logistics and Transport) --Co-operation Board for Foodstuff research As a member, convenor and chairman, E&T takes part in Danish and European standardisational work within DS and CEN. E&T's funding comes from commissioned work, teaching assignments and membership subscriptions. In addition, it receives grants from private and public foundations for knowledge acquisition, research and development projects and the purchase of equipment. Through the Danish Technological Institute, E&T has access to specialists and laboratories with front-end technology equipment. The Institute also participates in close teamwork with universities and institutions at home and abroad.
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
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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.