IAPRI Symposium promises a packed program

IAPRI Symposium promises a packed program
On top of the usual three days of high-calibre oral presentations running across three parallel streams, this summer’s IAPRI Symposium, hosted by the University of Twente, Netherlands (11-14 June 2019) is offering many additional highlights.
After the morning Board Meeting on Tuesday 11 June, Working Group (WG) sessions will run one after the other. Lasting one hour each, they will start with the Packaging and Consumers WG  (13.00), then Distribution Packaging WG (14.00), Sustainable Packaging WG (15.00) and finally the new Active & Intelligent Packaging WG (16.00).
A welcome reception will take place on the Tuesday evening at the U Park Hotel, starting at 18.00.
Keynote speeches on the Wednesday morning will come from Patrick van Baal of FrieslandCampina and the LCA Centre’s Agnieszka van Batavia. On the Thursday, they will be delivered by Martin de Olde of Ardagh Group and Chris Bruijnes of the Knowledge Institute for Sustainable Packaging.
But beyond these insights, there will also be a research lecture on the Wednesday from Helén Williams of Karlstad University in Sweden. She will present an overview of 10 years of research into food waste, and draw a comparison with the anti-plastics policies which have taken over so many of the wider discussions about packaging.
The same lunchtime slot on Thursday will hear from the current recipient of the IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship Wanjun Chu of Linköping University, Sweden, who has been researching how information on packaging influences consumer food-waste behavior.
Three awards, generously sponsored by Lansmont Corporation, will be presented for: most promising research; best oral presentation; and best poster presentation. The winners will be announced during the General Meeting on the Friday.
The quality of poster presentations will also be recognized in a feature being introduced to the Symposium for the first time. At different points across the three days, researchers will be invited to pitch their poster presentations to an audience, each having just five minutes and five PowerPoint slides to do so. In the opinion of the organizers, poster presentations tend not to receive the attention they deserve, and this is a way of attempting to redress that imbalance.
Other highpoints at the Symposium include, of course, the social dinner at the Grolsch Brewery in Enschede on the Wednesday evening and the official dinner at the De Wilmersberg estate on the Thursday evening.

For more details, and the full preliminary program, visit: www.iaprisymposium2019.org/
Tuesday 11 June  
9.00-12.00 IAPRI Board Meeting
13.00-17.00 IAPRI Working Group meetings*
17.00-18.00 Registration
18.00-20.00 Welcome reception
Wednesday 12 June  
8.00-8.30 Registration
8.30-9.00 Welcome and opening
9.00-10.20 Keynote speeches (followed by break)
10.50-12.20 Parallel symposium sessions
12.20-12.50 Research lecture
12.50-13.30 Lunch
13.30-17.00 Parallel symposium sessions (break 15.00-15.30)
19.00-22.30 Social dinner, Grolsch brewery; bus departs campus at 18.45
Thursday 13 June  
9.00-10.20 Keynote speeches (followed by break)
10.50-12.20 Parallel symposium presentations
12.20-12.45 IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship research presentation
12.45-13.30 Lunch
13.30-17.00 Parallel symposium sessions (break 15.00-15.30)
19.00-22.30 Official Dinner, De Wilmersberg; bus departs campus at 18.45
Friday 14 June  
8.50-12.50 Parallel symposium sessions (break 10.20-10.50)
12.50-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.30 Visit to Virtual Reality, 3D Print and Design Labs
15.00-16.00 IAPRI General Meeting