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Starting in 1960 several European packaging research institutes and one from the United States met every two years to discuss common problems in research and testing. Then in 1969 at a meeting at the Danish Packaging Institute in Copenhagen it was decided to officially form an international body.

IAPRI was established in 1971 with seven members as an international membership association to promote packaging research and education. IAPRI is a unique global network which allows organizations to communicate and develop ideas, exchange experiences and in many cases reduce duplication of effort. IAPRI was headquartered in the United Kingdom as an unincorporated association until in 2017 the offices were moved to the United States and IAPRI was incorporated as a non-profit 501-(C) (6) association.

Today IAPRI has 90 members from 29 countries.

The aims of IAPRI 

  • To establish and advance professional and personal relations between representatives of packaging research and/or education institutions in the world.

  • To share information and to obtain peer review with respect to methodology, analysis, and potential outcomes at early stages of research projects.

  • To exchange projected research interests which are being planned by institutions.

  • To exchange experience with respect to instrumentation, measurement and analysis techniques especially as they relate to development of new standards and test methods.

  • To give advice on the equipment and apparatus which may be employed by member institutions for specific research testing or education in packaging.

  • To avoid duplication of work by means of the above exchange of information between institutions during IAPRI working groups and conferences. 

  • To promote packaging science and technology to important target groups, including   international organizations, government bodies and foundations.

  • To contribute to the academic recognition of education programs on packaging.


Jay enjoys an international reputation for research and consulting related to package design, distribution environment measurement and simulation, material and package testing, product-package compatibility validation, Life Cycle Assessment and Radio Frequency Identification applications for packaging. He has consulted with over 100 companies on various packaging research projects in the last 15 years in the automotive, pharmaceutical/medical device, food and beverage, furniture and several other consumer product categories.

Mr. Jay Singh

President, IAPRI

Professor, Packaging Program Director, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, California, USA


Ed was President of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), serving in that capacity from 1995 until 2016. He is a graduate of the Michigan State University School of Packaging with both a Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Packaging. He is an IoPP Fellow and Lifetime Certified Packaging Professional and has an extensive background in transport packaging performance testing. He was one of the founders of Lansmont Corporation, including President. He is a member of the ASTM D-10 and F-2, and past board member of IAPRI. Church is a Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and is an Honorary Life Member.  He has been inducted into the National Packaging Hall of Fame and the MSU Packaging Hall of Fame. Ed is also the recipient of the ISTA 2016 R. David LeButt Award.

In his 50-year career in packaging, he has given over 100 conference presentations around the world. 

Ed became the Secretary General of IAPRI in January of 2018.

Mr. Edward A. Church

Secretary General, IAPRI


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the Host

Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR)

Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation

The Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) was firstly established as a state enterprise of the special category on 25th May 1963, under the Applied Scientific and Research Corporation of Thailand (ASRCT) Act B.E. 2506 (1963), in order to implement special science and technology policies of the Royal Thai Government. After the establishment of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE) in 1979, ASRCT Act was repealed and replaced by the Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research B.E. 2522 (1979) Act. Classified as a state enterprise of promotion category, TISTR has been financially supported via the annual budgets allocated by the Government. Later, MOSTE has been renamed to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) under the Government System Reform Act B.E. 2545 (2002). Now, MOST has been renamed to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation under the Government System Reform Act B.E. 2562 (2019)

Why Thailand


Welcome to Thailand

Thailand, a country resplendent in its colourful mix of ancient culture, breathtaking natural environments and mysterious archaeological wonders, never ceases to amaze those who visit. With its spectacular mountainous scenery and archaeological wonders of the northern regions to the unspoiled beaches and pristine islands of its south, Thailand abundantly combines ancient culture with natural wonders.

As the heart of South East Asia, Thailand is a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar, Malaysia and Southern China. Consisting of 76 provinces and embracing a rich diversity of cultures and traditions, The Kingdom of Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with His Majesty the King recognised as Head of State, Head of the Armed Forces, Upholder of the Buddhist religion and Upholder of all religions.

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city and political, commercial and cultural heart, showcases as a modern and cosmopolitan city steeped in ancient traditions and stunning sights. With a population of ten million people residing in this vibrant city, Bangkok offers world class hotels, sensational restaurants, together with modern and vibrant shopping experiences.

With some 400 glittering Buddhist temples, traditional dance extravaganzas, timeless canals and endless nightlife, Bangkok presents a host of cultural activity. Why not visit the old city centre with its Grand Palace, steeped in history from when King Rama I took the throne as the first monarch of the Chakri Dynasty in 1781, or explore the Royal Chapel, Wat Phra Kaeo, housing the Emerald Buddha, the most sacred Buddha image in Thailand.

Interested in shopping, Bangkok has never looked so good. From the Siam Square Area, the main shopping district of the Thai capital with its myriad of large department stores to Bangkok’s vibrant and lively market experiences, you are sure to enjoy its value and range.

Tempted to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, then Thailand is naturally divided into four main regions. The mountainous North offers a wealth of stunning scenery combining magnificent forests, waterfalls and caves, with ancient culture and fascinating people. From its tourism epicentre of Chang Mai, this region envelopes visitors in its indigenous culture, ancient architecture and temples, to colourful handicrafts and pristine natural resources.

The high Northeast Plateau guards many of Thailand’s archaeological and anthropological wonders with world heritage sites like Ban Chiang at Udon Thani believed to be where the world's first Bronze Age civilization flourished more than 5,000 years ago, to the ancient city of Fa Daet Song Yan with the largest concentration of dinosaur fossils in Thailand.

Thailand’s Central Plain offers visitors a wide array of activities. From its picturesque East Coast including favourite beachside playgrounds like Pattaya, today a vibrant beachside destination from dawn to dust, to its capital city Bangkok, a vibrant and sophisticated city.

The peninsular South is an area saturated in unspoiled beaches and island discoveries. Here you will find tourism meccas like the world famous Phi Phi Islands located in the Krabi region with its idyllic beaches and islands, complemented by the warmth of village communities.

Whatever you choose, we are sure Thailand will be a memorable experience. Enjoy!

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