Program and keynotes

The IAPRI 2014 Conference program includes oral and poster presentation sessions and discussions on the latest developments in the fields of packaging, distribution and logistics.

Keynote speakers

John Kettle - keynote speaker at IAPRI

John Kettle, International Development Manager, Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)

Keynote address: The tyranny of distance and packaging's pervasive role in daily life

Dr John Kettle has been working in the pulp and paper related industries since 1983. His career started in English China Clays (ECC) R&D labs and whilst at ECC he obtained a PhD (1996) from the University of Plymouth. The focus of the PhD work was on the “Pore-structure characterisation and simulation of paper coatings” under the supervision of Professor Peter Matthews and Professor Patrick Gane.

In 1997 John moved to Sundsvall, Sweden to work for SCA Graphic Research. In 2006 he moved on to work for Oy Keskuslaboratorio - Centrallaboratorium Ab (KCL) in Espoo, Finland and in 2008 he became a Research Area Director of the area called 'Sustainable Production Technologies'. In 2009 KCL was merged into VTT and after this fusion he has had the role of an International Development Manager within VTT. His present focus is on the development of VTT’s business internationally and with particular focus on Australia.

John has been active in the TAPPI organization for many years and is a reviewer for a number of international journals and has published in the fields of porous materials, coating and printing technologies, and foresighting.

Nina Cleeve-Edwards

Nina Cleeve-Edwards, Packaging Specialist, Nestlé Australia

Keynote address: Packaging paradoxes: laminating perception and reality

Nina is responsible for the innovation, design, safety, compliance, and environmental performance of Nestlé Oceania's packaging. Nina commenced in the packaging field in 2006 and completed the Packaging Diploma course from the Institute of Packaging UK in 2008. She spent four years based in the Nestlé Research Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she was an Ecodesign Specialist and rolled out a packaging ecodesign tool throughout the company and performed research on bioplastic applications for Nestlé packaging. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.


Tim Woods, Managing Director, IndustryEdge

Keynote address: Fibre resources reaching peak recovery - the implications for packaging

Tim Woods is Managing Director of IndustryEdge, Australia’s leading trade data and market analysis and intelligence firm in the fibre resources, wood processing, pulp, paper and paper products sectors.

Tim is publisher of the monthly subscription publication, Pulp & Paper Edge and the annual Pulp & Paper Strategic Review, as well as a range of multi-client sustainable procurement guides and forestry and wood products publications and data.

He leads the firm’s multi-client and client specific consulting services supplied to business, industry and government clients in Australia and across Asia. IndustryEdge plays a significant role in product stewardship, in particular in verifying the recovery, recycling and alternative use of fibre resources.

Tim is a Trustee Director of Monash University’s Australian Pulp & Paper Institute, an independent non-Executive Director of a financial services company, Chair of a not-for-profit employment and training service and Chair of the national Timber Communities Australia.

Working with its parent company, Fitzpatrick Woods Consulting, of which Tim is Principal, IndustryEdge supports clients with integrated market intelligence and advisory services.

Diana Twede

Diana Twede, Ph.D, Michigan State University

Keynote address: The Sacks of Rome?

Diana Twede is a Professor in The School of Packaging at Michigan State University, where she teaches courses in Packaging Development and Packaging Economics. She is the lead author for the textbook Cartons, Crates and Corrugated Board, and co-editor of the international journal Packaging Technology and Science. Her Ph.D. is in the field of Logistics Management.

Her research interests are logistical packaging and the history of packaging, with a special emphasis on the history of shipping containers. In a search for “universal principles,” she has published about the packaging technology, production organization and economics of ancient commercial amphorae, wooden barrels, tea chests and corrugated boxes.

Dr. Twede will present an archaeological mystery: Were sacks used for the ancient grain supply chain from Egypt to Rome? Archaeologists have conflicting opinions, which lead to very different assumptions regarding the nature of the supply chain. This presentation investigates the question from a logistical packaging paradigm perspective. Combined with the known history of ancient grain trade and textile technology, this physical exploration of the supply chain suggests surprising new theories. This research sheds new light on the history of packaging technology and deepens our understanding of the relationship between packaging, economics and supply chain management.

Key topics

The key topics to be presented at the conference include:

  • Active & intelligent packaging
  • Distribution packaging
  • Logistics & supply chain
  • Packaging design, ergonomics & human factors
  • Medical, cosmetic & pharmaceutical packaging
  • Packaging printing & graphics
  • Packaging for food & agriculture
  • Packaging for hazardous & dangerous goods
  • Packaging machinery & systems
  • Novel packaging
  • Packaging materials
  • Packaging sustainability
  • Packaging standards & legislation.


Download the IAPRI 2014 conference program.

Conference sessions

The conference includes a range of sessions:

Date Session
Sunday 15 June 2014 IAPRI board meeting
IAPRI 2014 sponsors and board lunch
Welcome Cocktail function at the VU City Convention Centre
Conference registration
Monday 16 June 2014 Official conference opening
Keynote addresses
Oral presentations
Social dinner at the Carlton BrewHouse including Aussie BBQ and brewery tour
Tuesday 17 June 2014 Keynote addresses
Conference sessions
Formal conference dinner at the Melbourne Aquarium
Wednesday 18 June 2014 Oral sessions
Poster presentations
IAPRI Scholarship presentations and awards
IAPRI Working groups
Thursday 19 June 2014 Post-conference workshop at VU Werribee campus laboratories

The full conference program detailing session times will be available in early June 2014 following the completion of the registrations process.

Post-conference workshop

The Engineered Packaging & Distribution research group will facilitate a post-conference workshop on 19 June 2014 at its Werribee facilities. The workshop is called: Measuring and simulating hazards in the distribution environment: From field data to packaging optimisation.

The post-conference workshops is presented by the Victoria University Engineered Packaging & Distribution research group and the Lansmont Corporation, USA.