Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2020 | AIChE

The 2020 Sustainable Packaging Symposium will focus on how to move the world to a point where packaging is sourced responsibly, designed to be effective & safe throughout its life cycle, is recycled or reused, and has a minimal impact on the environment, ecology, and health of the public. The symposium will also focus on novel products and innovation in the packaging industry, and the development of a circular economy for packaging waste.

Abstract Submissions are Being Accepted on a Rolling Basis

Choose the topic in which you would like to present your full oral talk or lightning round. View our submission guidelines for all requirements. Please  submit or e-mail your abstracts. 500 word max.

Conference Topics

Monitoring, metrics and standards

Existing and emerging monitoring, metrics, methods, and standards to support essential key performance indicators in sustainable packaging and drive the system to greater sustainability while maintaining essential functionality. Subtopics include quantifying waste impact and real world monitoring, packaging impacts from standards such as ISO, emerging sector specific standards, and more.

Circularity, reuse, and recycling

New and interesting projects and programs that drive towards a circular economy for packaging by fostering methods that allow packaging material to be reused, recycled, and/or re-purposed, so that the packaging industry can move closer towards a closed loop system.

Public Good

Important public health implications from protection of human health from pathogens (e.g. COVID-19) to chemicals in packaging that may have detrimental health impacts (e.g. PFAS).  Topics are invited in areas relevant to understanding and evaluating health impacts related to packaging types, design or use.

Novel Products - Innovation and design 

The advancement in novel food packaging technologies and design to meet the needs of today and the future. Suggested focus can involve topics to endure global fresh food packaging encompassing  high barrier for extended shelf life, retardation in oxidation, prevention of microbial attack to endure global fresh food packaging.

SPS Tank – Innovation Showcase 

Innovators in the packaging space are invited to share one exciting story with the audience in this industrial showcase session. Suggested focus on novel design for sustainability.

Submit Your PPG Grant Application

Have you submitted an abstract for a poster or oral presentation to this year's conference? Good news! You're eligible to apply to several funding opportunities from PPG to partially support students and post doc attendance to several upcoming conferences. 

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