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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.


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.