Lifetime Achievement Award

At the 21st World Conference on Packaging IAPRI bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award to former President Thomas Goedecke of BAM from Germany.

As current IAPRI President Jay Singh explained, his recent nomination as head of BAM’s Dangerous Goods division underlines a personal contribution to this area of packaging science over several decades. He added: “Thomas worked tirelessly to develop IAPRI over 16 years; first as board member, then Vice President and finally as President for seven years, until 2016.” New initiatives during his presidency included the Student Exchange Scholarship. “This program has had huge success in encouraging young researchers to continue their work at other IAPRI member organizations.”

Another major innovation in the years to 2016 was the opening of IAPRI to corporate membership. This was managed in a way which allowed research institutes to align their work better with industry needs, while not jeopardizing IAPRI’s core values. An award of this kind is also about character, and attributes such as courage and determination. “Despite being ill with cancer at the time, Thomas went ahead and kept the commitment of hosting the IAPRI Berlin Symposium in 2011,” Singh recalled.


Prior Life Time Achievement Award Recipients

2016 - Mr. Luis Madi
Technical Director at ITAL - Institute of Food Technology
Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
2014 - Dr. Anders Sörås
Managing Director – PACKFORSK – The Swedish Packaging Institute
Stockholm, Sweden
2012 - Dr. Bruce Harte
Director of the School of Packaging, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI USA


Purpose of the Award

The purpose of the award is to honor an individual who has done outstanding work and service over many years for the IAPRI packaging research community which have uniquely strengthened and advanced the growth of IAPRI and its reputation as the leading global research and education association.

The award will be granted every two years at the IAPRI World Conference on Packaging.

Specific Eligibility Criteria

The individual must be or have been an associate of an IAPRI member institution. Current IAPRI Board Member are not eligible for nomination.

Nomination of Candidates

Calls for nominations will be sent to each IAPRI board member and all member organizations.
Nominations packets should contain the following information (in English and sent by email):
  1. Curriculum vitae of the candidate (not exceeding two pages).
  2. A statement of the reasons why the candidate has been nominated (not exceeding two pages).
  3. Name, address, e-mail and telephone number of the nominee.
  4. Name, address, e-mail and telephone number of the individual/group making the nomination.
  5. A recent photograph of the nominee.
Nominations should be received before February 1st of the year in which the award is going to be presented and sent to the IAPRI Secretary General at  All nominations will be acknowledged.

Selection and Award

The IAPRI president shall appoint a committee that will review the nominations and make recommendations to the IAPRI board. The committee shall develop and use an objective, criteria-based system for evaluating nominations to ensure consistency and fairness over time. The system is subject to the approval of the IAPRI board.

The IAPRI board will decide on the award recipient. If a suitable candidate is not found or there are no nominations, the award will not be presented during the next conference. All deliberations will be in private and the IAPRI board will not disclose the reasons for an award being declined.

Awardees will be recognized during the Official Dinner of the IAPRI World Conference, and the IAPRI President will present the award. The Awards consist of a commemorative plaque, a contribution to the airfare based on standard rate of up to $1,250 US and free registration for the conference.