4th Annual European Conference on the Future of Business Education in Packaging, Paris

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 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?

For whom?

FBEP2018 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 may find the conference of interest in view of their potential future career perspectives.

Students at higher primary education institutes in Europe and registered NVC Packaging Professionals enjoy a 50% discount on the FBEP2018 conference fee.  

The conference has proven to be an attractive platform for organisations offering business education, training  and coaching in packaging. Please contact the NVC Association office for the sponsored promotional opportunities.


The one-day FBEP conference connects industry to business 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.

FBEP2018 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 WELCOME * Overview state-of-the-art in agility management by the conference chairman
Michael Nieuwesteeg MSc MSEng, Managing Director of the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre

- Unpacking what we learned in the year 2017
- Agility and the ageing workforce
- The impact of the new French flex-security (‘flexisécurité’) legislation on continuous education
- To Do Today at FBEP2018

10.30 AM INSIGHTS LECTURE * Education and training employees in packaging at a global organisation in beauty and care
Carol Poltorak, Packaging Director Europe at L’Oréal
Cécile Hanon, Learning Operations at L’Oréal

11.00 AM BUSINESS AGILITY IN FOOD PACKAGING * Nurturing packaging agility in an international food manufacturing environment 
Leon Patty, Director Human Resources at Fromageries Bel
11.30 AM Coffee break with visit to info stands
Véronique Sestrières, Director of ALL4PACK2018 and host of the Grand Débat about Life Long Learning to be held at ALL4PACK2018, 26-29 November 2018
12.20 PM The vision of the education institutes. Short ’10 minutes pitches’ by different business education providers
12.50 PM Plenary debate on morning results and preparation for afternoon Round Table Discussions (RTD’s)
01:00 PM Lunch break with visit to information stands

A. The employee experience: how to stay employable in a flexibilising and internationalising jobs market
RTD leader: Hafsa Agourram-Bouriman, Aghads Agency

B. Employer Branding: how to attract and keep your personnel assets as a business
RTD leader: to be confirmed.

C. Optimising performance through novel online educational technologies
RTD leader: Mike van Tilburg, Director at GoodHabitz online training
03.00 PM Afternoon tea break with visit to information stands
03:30 PM Feedback from Round Table Discussions and concluding remarks FBEP2018 by the conference chairman


Date and location

FBEP2018 will take place on 15 March 2018 in Hotel Mercure Paris CDG Airport in Paris.

Partners & Sponsors