Cal Poly to Host IAPRI World Packaging Conference this Summer

Contact: Jay Singh – Cal Poly Packaging Program
Phone: 805-756-2129; Fax: 805-756-6111
In step with the celebration of the Cal Poly Packaging Program’s 25th anniversary, the program has been selected as the host of the 18th International Association of Packaging Research Institutes (IAPRI) Conference from June 17 to June 21, 2012. IAPRI meets annually, either at a symposium or a conference held on alternating years by one of the members of the association. The symposia are set up exclusively for IAPRI members, but the conferences are open to participation from key players in the packaging industry as well. Research areas covered at the Cal Poly conference will include: packaging materials and container; packaging for food and agriculture; distribution packaging; medical, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical packaging; testing and standards; innovations and development, sustainability, active and intelligent packaging; hazardous and dangerous goods; and design, printing, and graphics.
Experts in the field in academia and industry will offer more than 200 presentations on the aforementioned topics, in addition to several keynote lectures. The Cal Poly Packaging Program will also work with Wiley’s Journal of Packaging Technology and Science to manage a peer-review track for full-length paper submissions at the conference. This will provide authors of manuscripts about the packaging industry the chance to be published in a special edition of the journal.

Approximately 500 attendees from more than 30 countries will gather for this educational event and networking opportunity. Dr. Jay Singh, director of the Cal Poly packaging program and IAPRI 2012 conference chair, noted the weight this conference carries, saying, “The IAPRI World Packaging conference will put the Cal Poly Packaging Program on the global map.” For more information about registration, sponsorship, or general questions, visit or contact Dr. Singh at


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