3rd Annual European Conference on the Future of Business Education in Packaging

Join us on 20 April 2017 in Sheraton Düsseldorf

The 3rd European Conference on the Future of Business Education in Packaging (FBEP, 20 April 2017) addresses the packaging skills, knowledge and know-how required for tomorrow’s workforce.
  • How do we ensure that the skills, knowledge and know-how will be available and up-to-date?
  • How do we define the appropriate job qualifications?
  • How does industry nurture the talents within the organisation and 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?

The latest insights will be shared in the unique keynote lecture Configurations of Employer-provided Training: There is no one best way in doing it by Prof. Dr. Bernd Käpplinger from the University Chair on Life-Long Education ('Weiterbildung') at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany.

Live Online Training is rapidly increasing as it offers many unforeseen possibilities for international business to implement Life Long Learning in packaging more effectively and efficiently. The future of Live Online Training takes center stage at the Panel debate and the Round Table Discussions.

Come join the conference as well and meet Prof. Käpplinger and representatives from companies including Intersnack Group, L'Oréal, GoodHabitz, NVC Education, DLG Academy and Obalovy Institut SYBA.


This one-day conference connects industry to education and training institutes and provides a concise view on how to maintain an agile, capable workforce (20-70 years of age) in the field of packaging to the benefit of industry, education institutes and society as a whole. The first conference took place in 2015 and resulted in an excellent overview of the education, training and coaching challenges ahead.

FBEP2017 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 programme consists of plenary lectures in the morning and a range of interactive joined workshops in the afternoon. If you have any suggestions to contribute to the programme, contact Michael Nieuwesteeg.

The language used is (‘packaging’) English.

09.30 AM Entry and registration
10.00 AM INTRO * Welcome and introduction by the chairman
Michael Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director of the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre
To Do Today at FBEP2017
10.10 AM KEYNOTE * Configurations of Employer-provided Training: There is no one best way in doing it
Prof. Dr. Bernd Käpplinger, Professorate in Continuous Learning at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
10.40 AM CHALLENGES to overcome together
Michael Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director of the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre
- Unpacking what we learned in the year 2016
- Challenges to overcome
11.10 AM Coffee break
Obalovy Institut SYBA s.r.o, DLG Academy, GoodHabitz Germany GmbH and NVC Education
12.45 PM Lunch break
A.    The voice of the industry
Ton Tanke, Senior Manager Group Packaging at Intersnack Group GmbH & Co. KG
B.    The voice of online education technology
Franz Tauber, Director GoodHabitz Germany GmbH
C.    The voice of the packaging professional
Katerina Kolarova, project manager at Obalovy Institut SYBA s.r.o.
02.45 PM Feedback and concluding remarks


For whom?

FBEP 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 the NVC Association office for the sponsored promotional opportunities.

Date and location

FBEP2017 will take place on Thursday 20 April 2017 from 10 AM - 6 PM at the Sheraton Düsseldorf Airport Hotel. Düsseldorf is located in the centre of the NW European region (Scandinavia, UK, France, Benelux, Germany and Poland) and Düsseldorf Airport is well-connected to a range of major cities throughout Europe and the ROW.

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