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New Generation of Functional Cellulose Fibre Based Packaging Materials for Sustainability

Grant agreement no.: 290098

 The NewGenPak ITN, which commenced in December 2011, established a multi-site network of ten early stage researchers (ESRs) and three experienced researchers (ERs) at ten partner institutions including three enterprises. The principle objective of NewGenPak was to deliver a joint multidisciplinary training programme designed to develop the researchers’ skills in scientific expertise, technological knowledge and professional aptitude. The key vehicle in this strategy was a supervised personal, original research project in a critical aspect of sustainable packaging for each of the 13 researchers.

NewGenPak’s objectives:

(i)      to conduct top-level research & devise innovative solutions for sustainable packaging,

(ii)     to advance the state-of-the-art in sustainable packaging in three specific areas

  1. next generation packaging composites,
  2. cellulose-fibre based active packaging and
  3. environmental, economic and societal aspects of packaging production,

(iii)    to educate the next generation of researchers inside a broad European research training network

(iv)    to improve the researchers’ career prospects through complementary training

(v)     to further strengthen the long-term sustainable packaging research and training base in the EU by bringing together universities, research institutes and industrial players.