The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has released the provisional programme for the virtual edition of the biennial 2020 AIP Australasian Packaging Conference, to be held from 27 to 30 October.

Seventy-four speakers from seven countries are slated to discuss a broad range of topics relating to the theme: “packaging: fit for the future”. There will be more than 28 hours of content.

The packaging industry is facing many challenges – from global plastics pollution and recycling issues and transformational changes to value and supply chain models. These issues result in negative government and consumer perceptions. 

Packaging companies, manufacturers, and retailers are re-thinking their approaches and undertaking strategic changes to address the challenges of meeting global and domestic sustainable packaging; the 2025 National Packaging Targets; and supply-chain transformation – all the while having clear parameters for driving the four Rs.

Now, more than ever, is the time to collaborate; share ideas and success stories; and discuss the challenges and journeys the industry is facing. It is also the time to determine what we can do collectively to work towards the same targets.

Speakers at the 2020 AIP Australasian Packaging Conference include Pete Ceglinski, CEO and co-founder, Seabin Project; Siobhan McCrory, executive general manager, marketing and innovation, Pact Group; Jean Baillard, general manager, TerraCycle Australia and New Zealand; Vikas Ahuja, sustainability director, TetraPak Oceania; Barry Cosier, director, sustainability, Australian Food & Grocery Council; Brooke Donnelly, chief executive officer, APCO; Margaret Stuart, head of corporate and external relations, Nestlé Oceania;  Jeff Maguire, group head of CDS development and implementation, Coca-Cola Amatil; Travis Hatton, food waste lead, Sustainability Victoria; Stephen Webster, general manager, Integrated Recycling; and many more.

With the virtual edition, if you are not able to attend all the sessions, you will not miss out. The conference is designed so that you can choose to:

  • Join live via Zoom software and interact – watch and interact with the sessions while they are happening.
  • Watch the live stream – a live video of the session.
  • Watch a recording of the session later. If you are unable to join any of the sessions live you can access the recordings of all sessions using your conference website delegate login details until the end of December. This will allow you flexibility to view the presentations as many times as you wish, and in your own time.

There will also be live interactive opportunities during the morning tea and lunch breaks to learn about new innovations, materials and equipment that the industry has to offer. These sessions will be designed for you to bring your coffee, or lunch, into the live room and learn about a new innovation and ask questions.

The AIP has re-created the physical conference planned for April into a virtual edition so that you do not miss out on hearing all the speakers that the institute had lined up.

To see the program and to book your place today follow this link to the AIP website. All of industry is invited to attend.

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