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Technological Institute of Aragon


c/ María de Luna, 7-8 50018 Zaragoza


Carlos Bernad Sopena (R&D New Design Technologies Manager)

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Manuel Muniesa Alfonso (Managing Director)

Dr José Louis Pelegay Quintana (Manager of Research, Development and Technological Servicies)

Dr Francisco Buil Gimeno (Manager of Technology transfer and Innovation Area)

Marian Diez Cornago (Manager of Internal Services Area)

Dr Miguel Ágel Jiménez Caballero (R&D Materials Manager)

Miguel Ángel Barcelona Liédana (R&D ICT's Manager)

Diego Romero Sanmartín (R&D Multimedia Manager)


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The Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón is a public non-profit Technology Centre whose main objective is to promote competitiveness in the industrial sector and to support the growth of business sectors by means of the development, acquisition, adaptation, transfer and diffusion of innovative technologies in a multi-agent collaborative framework. ITA is a technology centre and innovation agency. We work together with small and medium sized businesses on both private and public initiatives at regional, national and international levels. We also offer technical and consultancy services. ITA was established in 1984 to foster more effective use of the economic resources of Aragon by means of research, development and innovation. Since then it has undertaken many initiatives relating to the promotion and execution of R+D projects, together with actions to support innovation. It has initiated, coordinated and in some cases participated with businesses in carrying out research and development projects at regional, national and international levels. It has worked together with the University of Zaragoza and other organisations to meet the technology needs of business and to assist in the introduction of new technologies into the industrial sector of the region. Mission: ITA features as a key element in the innovation policy of the Government of Aragon, having as its aim the fostering of competitiveness in business and supporting the creation of new sectors. Vision: ITA seeks to be the technology reference point for the industrial and service sectors, and a key player in the technology policy of Aragon.

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.