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IAPRI’s 28th Symposium* in Lausanne, Switzerland (9-12 May 2017) offered  a rich array of oral and poster presentations, keynote addresses – not to mention sponsors – many of them linked by the theme of ‘Unlocking the full potential of packaging across the value chain’.

Yves Wyser of Nestlé’s Research Center in Lausanne says:“there were  99 papers in total, out of which 69 are oral presentations and 29 are posters, plus the IAPRI Scholarship presentation. Of the oral papers, 16 went through the peer-review stream.”

Keynote speeches paved the way for the full programme of oral presentations on each of the three days.There were also be poster sessions, with the authors on hand, on the Wednesday and Thursday.

The winner of the 2016 IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship Niels Brouwers, of the University of Hasselt, Belgium, presented the results of his research project at Cal Poly, California. Brouwers has been researching the effect of metal organic framework (MOF) particles on the crystallisation of polylactide (PLA).

“Finally, when it’s time to relax, there was always be the breathtaking views over beautiful Lac Leman as a backdrop,” says Wyser.

He adds:“The value-chain theme of the Symposium was reflected in our selection of sponsors and partners, too. They represent raw-material suppliers (Dow Chemical and Stora Enso), converters (Mondi), packaging machinery suppliers (Bosch), test equipment providers (Presens, Shinyei and Lansmont), transport-monitoring equipment suppliers (NV Logistics), education (HES-SO) and end users (Nestlé Research).

*The IAPRI Symposium was hosted by the School of Engineering and Management Vaud (HEIG-VD) Western Switzerland and Nestle Research.


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.