Unpacking Society by Renee Wever, IAPRI Vice PresidentUnpacking society
At the Symposium in June, when we meet at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, I will be stepping down as Vice-President of IAPRI, having served a full three-year term. Even though this is by no means a farewell to IAPRI, it is in a certain way an end to a journey starting for me with my first Conference in Japan in 2006, where I presented a paper on the unpacking experience and a poster on packaging and littering behaviour.
Since then, over the past 13 years, I have worked to increase the amount of attention given to human-packaging interaction within IAPRI, in particular in relation to sustainability issues. I have, I hope, helped this process first by forming an IAPRI Working Group and subsequently as a Board member.
Looking now at the scope of IAPRI conferences and symposia, I see a healthy community around these topics, currently with packaging and its relation to food-waste in particular receiving substantial attention. But in general, packaging design, human factors, and (soft) sustainability are receiving far more attention than they did a decade ago.
Obviously, I cannot and will not claim sole credit for this development, but I do look back with a lot of satisfaction at what has been built. There are still many human-packaging interaction questions to be researched, and I hope to engage in some of those over the coming years. Meanwhile, I will continue to follow with great interest what fresh directions are taken by new and incumbent Board members, together with the Working Groups and wider IAPRI community.