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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.
(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
- next generation packaging composites,
- cellulose-fibre based active packaging and
- 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.