2nd Annual European Conference on the Future of Business Education in Packaging

The conference

Every second, at least 100,000 products are packaged and distributed globally by industry and retail – and unpacked by the end-user. Tens of thousands of professionals contribute daily to the continuous improvement of the activity of packaging for the benefit of mankind. The annual European Conference on the Future of Business Education in Packaging (FBEP) addresses the packaging skills, knowledge and know-how required for tomorrow’s workforce in retail, logistics, fulfilment, the packaged goods industry, design agencies and in suppliers of packaging materials, machinery and related services.

How do we ensure that the necessary skills, knowledge and know-how are available within the workforce and will remain so as well? How do we define the appropriate job qualifications related to packaging? How does industry nurture the talents within the organisation? How do we implement the life-long education and training of the ageing knowledge workers after completion of their primary education in their 20s up to their retirement in their 60s?

For whom?

FBEP2016 addresses the needs of those responsible for (or involved in) the development of skills, know-how and knowledge of the workforce in the field of packaging. These include managers HRM, R&D and Operations as well as members of staff with responsibility for external and internal training programmes within their company. Qualified professionals in packaging will find the conference of interest in view of their potential future career perspectives.

Undergraduate students in Europe and NVC Packaging Professionals enjoy an attractive special conference fee. The conference has proven to be an attractive platform as well for organisations offering business education, training and coaching in packaging. Please contact Irma Walstra for the sponsored promotional opportunities.


In one concise day, FBEP connects industry to education and training institutes and provides a concise view on how to maintain an agile, capable workforce (from 20 to 60+ years of age) in the field of packaging.

FBEP2016 will address the critical areas for success, provide a unique platform to exchange insights and will show the latest developments in reliable examination, online learning and effective human resources development in business.
The language used is (‘packaging’) English.

09.30 AM Entry and registration
10.00 AM INTRO * Welcome and introduction by the conference chairman
Michael Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director of the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre
- Unpacking what we learned  in the year 2015
- Challenges to overcome
- To Do Today at FBEP2016
10.10 AM KEYNOTE * Diploma Integrity as a Key Element in Professional Qualification
Dr. A. Kempers-Warmerdam, CEO Stichting Examenkamer
- The importance of a Diploma for both business student and industry
- Requirements on the graduation process
- Fraudulous methods and technologies in Diplomas and graduation processes: an overview
10.40 AM INSIGHTS LECTURE * Education and training employees in packaging at a global FMCG organisation
Philippe Roulet, Head of global packaging materials & training, Nestec Ltd. Nestlé
11.10 AM Coffee break with visit to info stands
11.40 AM THE RESEARCH PERSPECTIVE * ‘I told you not to forget….’: measuring the transfer of knowledge and skills at the workplace
- Theory and practice in achieving measurable life-long education results
- Results of the NVC Business Education in Packaging Survey 2016
- Conclusions and view on the future
12.25 PM PANEL DEBATE * Inventarising best practices in education and training from a business perspective
Philippe Roulet (Nestlé), A. Kempers-Warmerdam (Examenkamer), Oscar Faber (NVC Education and Training), Kurt De Mey (Pack4Food), Richard Inns (IOP The Packaging Society UK)
12.45 PM Lunch break with visit to the information stands
A.    The business student experience: how to optimise education and training at the workplace
       RTD leader: Rens van de Rakt (NVC Packaging Professional at Vetipak BV)
B.    Education and training technology: the future is blended!
       RTD leader: Remco Koffijberg (Education Engineer at AfdelingTrainingen)
C.    Achieving accurate measurement of education and training results at the workplace  
03.00 PM Afternoon tea break with visit to the information stands
03.30 PM Feedback from Round Table Discussions and concluding remarks FBEP2016 by the conference chairman
04.00 PM Concluding drinks


Date and location

FBEP2016 will take place on Thursday 21 April 2016 from 10:00AM - 5:00PM CEST at the Igluu Creativity and Knowledge Center in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Eindhoven is in the heart of the high-tech region closely connecting the UK, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Click here for the location or contact the NVC association office for travel assistance.


Due to the nature of the conference, the number of participants is limited. Please click here to register.


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