The event will coincide with the Cal Poly Packaging Program 25th anniversary.
"We look forward to hosting this international exchange of ideas and research, and to celebrating our Packaging Program's milestone anniversary with the global packaging community," said Cal Poly President Jeffery D. Armstrong.
Approximately 500 attendees from more than 30 countries will gather at Cal Poly for the five-day event. Jay Singh, director of the Cal Poly Packaging Program, is IAPRI 2012 conference chair, and Bruce Harte, past director of the School of Packaging at Michigan State University, is serving as a consultant.
The conference will offer more than 200 presentations by international packaging experts from industry and academia, in addition to several keynote presentations. Research topics will include: packaging materials and containers; packaging for food and agriculture; distribution packaging; medical, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical packaging; testing and standards; innovations and development; packaging sustainability; active and intelligent packaging; packaging for hazardous and dangerous goods; packaging machinery and systems; and packaging design, printing, and graphics.
"IAPRI is the world's leading packaging research organization and is responsible for fostering the exchange of research initiatives by more than 1,000 experts from 80 packaging research institutes," said Singh. "Hosting IAPRI's 18th World Conference reconfirms Cal Poly's presence as a leading North American packaging research institute."