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Federal Institute for Material Reserch and Testing (BAM)


Unter den Eichen 87 12205 Berlin


Dr Thomas Goedecke (Head of Division)

Other staff

Prof Dr Manfred Hennecke (President)

Prof Dr Anton Erhard (Head of Department 3 )

Dr Thomas Goedecke (Head of Division 3.1 )

Dr John Bethke (Head of Working Group 3.11 )

Dipl-Ing Bernd Wienecke (Head of Working Group 3.12 )

Dr Anita Schmidt (Head of Working Group 3.13 )

Dr Mahin Farahbakhsh (Head of Working Group 3.14 )


+49-30-8104-0 (central) +49-30-8104-1309 (direct)


+49-30-8112029 (central) +49-30-81041317 (direct)

BAM is the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. Its competences are to improve safety and reliability in chemical and materials technologies through research and development, testing, analysis, approvals, advice and information. Within the interconnected fields of materials, chemistry, environment and safety, the main areas are: --Statutory functions relating to technical safety in the public domain, especially as regards dangerous materials and substances --Collaboration in developing statutory regulations, for example on safety standards and threshold values --Advising the Federal Government and industry on safety aspects of materials and chemical technology --The development and supply of reference materials and methods, in particular for chemical analysis and materials testing --Assisting in the development of standards and technical regulations for the evaluation of substances, materials, structures and processes with reference to damage prediction and preservation of national economic values.

Division 3.1 Areas of expertise

Safety assurance and development in the transportation and handling of dangerous goods, both packaged and in bulk. The division's work is entirely related to public technical safety (safety in the transport of dangerous goods) in its role as the central competent authority in Germany. This includes recognising competent and neutral bodies to undertake testing, inspection and supervision and organizing the exchange of information and the uniform application of the rules. It supports the Federal government, especially the Federal Ministry for Transportation, Construction and Housing (BMVBW), in the implementation and evolution of technical provisions, the related standardization work, both nationally and internationally and performs research and development work in this context. The division also provides for detailed information on the national and international transport regulations.


IAPRI 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. For more information please click here

Latest News

IAPRI Extends the Deadline for the 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. We have a number of members who are interested in hosting students and we will help applicants contact potential hosts.

The deadline for submissions has beem extended until the 19th of March 2018. Full details will be found at