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SPS '20 Technical Program

The dynamic program will take place live during four consecutive days, June 29- July 2. 

Each day, join us live for core hours of 1-4 PM ET to view presentations and panels and ask questions during live Q&A sessions, and engage in facilitated small group discussions.  Stay longer to join the international after-hour happy hours or meet one-on-one with participants, browse posters and exhibits or the day's recorded content.

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Technical Program

All times are in Eastern Time (ET)

Note that this schedule is constantly evolving and subject to minor changes. Registered participants can log in to view additional speaker, session and abstract information. 


Monday, 6/29

  Networking Lounge Open 24 hours
1:00 PM - 1:05 PM Opening and Welcome
1:05 PM - 1:40 PM Plenary Talk

Susan Robinson, Waste Management

Talk - Recycling and Packaging: The Intersection of Two Industries

1:40 PM - 1:50 PM Meet & Greet - Networking Break
  All participants: Outline key issues, questions and goals for the meeting
1:50 PM - 2:50 PM Panel Discussion - Circularity, reuse, and recycling

Session Description: Is it possible to create a circular economy for plastics? Has COVID completely derailed efforts towards this vision? Panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities for circular packaging and provide insights into what is currently happening across design, collection and recovery/reprocessing and policy to advance this vision. Participants will leave with a deep understanding of the available resources to help with circular plastics packaging design, an in-depth analysis of recovery options and investment interest and a frank discussion on policy and program needs to ensure reuse.

  Moderator: Kyla Fisher, AMERIPEN
  Keefe Harrison, The Recycling Partnership
  Prapti Muhuri, American Chemistry Council
  Steve Alexander, Association of Plastic Recyclers
2:50 PM - 3:10 PM Facilitated Small Group Discussions
3:10 PM - 3:55 PM Innovation Showcase
  Session Description: Innovators in the packaging space will share one exciting story with the audience in this industrial showcase session. Focus on novel design for sustainability.
  Session Chair: Jo Ann Ratto Ross, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (CCDC Soldier Center)

Christopher Tilton, Smart Plant technologies and Todd Gasparik, Smart Planet Technologies

Talk - Extrusion Coatings: Integrating Paper Fibers into Flexible Packaging Designs

  Michael Mang, Danimer

Amar K. Mohanty, University of Guelph

Talk - Circular Economy Driven Biocomposites: A Renewal for Innovation and Commercialization in Sustainable Packaging

3:55 PM - 4:25 PM Exhibit Session and Happy Hour
  Session description: Visit the Exhibit Hall to chat with exhibit representatives, and join fellow attendees, speakers and organizers for a casual video chat via the main Auditorium.


Tuesday, 6/30

  Networking Lounge open 24 hrs
1:00 PM - 1:05 PM Welcome and Last Day's Takeaways
1:05 PM - 1:40 PM Plenary Talk
  David Clark, Amcor
1:40 PM - 1:45 PM Stretch Break & Hallway Chats
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Panel Discussion - Sustainable Packaging and the SDGs
  Moderator: Caroline Taylor, EarthShift Global
  Rafael Auras, Michigan State University
  Leslie Cook, Sealed Air
  David Clark, Amcor
  Maurie Cohen, NJIT
2:45 PM - 3:05 PM Facilitated Small Group Discussions
3:05 PM - 4:05 PM Technical Session - Public Good
  Session Chair: Teresa Clark, Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF)

Serpil Guran, Rutgers EcoComplex

Talk - Integration of Waste into Circular Carbon Economy: Better Carbon Management for Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development in the Case of Food Waste


Kevin Dooley, Arizona State University, The Sustainability Consortium

Talk - Innovation Pathways for More Circular Plastic Packaging


Sarah Greenwood, University of Sheffield

Talk - Many Happy Returns - How Refillable and Returnable Packaging Systems Could Solve the Plastics Problem


Arsalan A. Raja, University of Hafr AlBatin, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Talk - Degradable Bioplastic Wearable/Packaging for Healthy Environment


Wednesday, 7/1

  Networking Lounge open 24 hrs
1:00 PM - 1:05 PM Welcome and Last Day's Takeaways
1:05 PM - 1:40 PM Plenary Talk

Ellen Martin, The Circulate Initiative

Talk - Making Sense of the Data: New Measures for a Circular Economy 

1:40 PM - 2:10 PM Invited Talk - Monitoring, Metrics and Standards
  Session Chair: Caroline Taylor, EarthShift Global

Mike Levy, First Environment

Talk - Impacts of ISO Circular Economy Standard on Sustainable Packaging Metrics

  Erin Simon, WWF
2:10 PM - 2:30 PM Discussion
  Moderator: Caroline Taylor, EarthShift Global
2:30 PM - 2:35 PM Stretch Break & Hallway Chats
2:35 PM - 4:00 PM Technical Session - Circularity, reuse, and recycling
  Session Chair: Serpil Guran, Rutgers EcoComplex

Jayme Leita, Eastman

Talk - Revolutionizing Materials. Right. Now

  Nabil Nasr, REMADE Institute
  Debra Darby, Tetra Tech

Bandaru V. Ramarao, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Talk - Valorization of Waste Fines and Reject Fibers Produced in Recycled Liner Manufacturing - Biochemical Conversion Processes

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Lightning Round and Poster Session
  View a selection of Short Videos presented by Poster Authors, view their poster PDF files and chat live to learn more about each one.

Thursday, 7/2

  Networking Lounge open 24 hrs
1:00 PM - 1:05 PM Welcome and Last Day's Takeaways
1:05 PM - 1:40 PM Plenary Talk

Jessica Bowman, Plant Based Products Council

Talk - Plant-based Packaging - Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges

1:40 PM - 1:45 PM Break - Hallway Chats
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM Technical Session - Novel Products and Technology
  Session Chair: Thomas Trabold, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Christina Dorado, USDA

Talk - Extraction of Sugars, Pectic Hydrocolloids, Flavonoids and Peel Oil from Orange Juice Processing Residues By Steam Explosion and Their Potential Value


Surojit Gupta, University of North Dakota

Talk - Design of Bioplastics Based Films By Solvent Casting


Carson Meredith, Georgia Institute of Technology

Talk - Functional Oxygen Barriers for Food Packaging from Biomass-Derived Materials


Manju Misra, University of Guelph

Talk - Can Biodegradable Plastics Alleviate Single-Use Plastic Waste? Challenges and Opportunities in the Sustainable Packaging Sector


Rachel Brenc, LanzaTech

Talk - Developing CarbonSmartTM Packaging Solutions

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM Facilitated Small Group Discussions
3:20 PM - 4:20 PM Panel - Novel Products and Technology
  Moderator: Jessica Vieira, Apeel Sciences
  Jessica Bowman, Plant Based Products Council
  Thomas Trabold, Rochester Institute of Technology
  Chris Lewis, Rochester Institute of Technology
  Chris Ellison, University of Minnesota
4:20 PM - 4:25 PM Conclusions and Next Steps

Poster Presenters

Na Wu, North Dakota State University

Poster - Recent Advances of Corn-Based Polymeric Materials for Packaging: Life Cycle Thinking

Ananya Das, University of Toledo

Poster - Effect of Isosorbide Concentration on Alkaline Hydrolysis of Co-Polyesters, Peit