Active and intelligent packaging technologies can maintain the quality and freshness of the products thus extending their shelf-life, contributing to reduce food waste, and facilitating commercialization and export.

Key reasons to attend this course

Understand the role of packaging in Circular Economy;
Acquire sound knowledge of recycling processes and materials for food contact applications and the impact on packaging design;
Obtain a broad vision on biodegradable and compostable material for food packaging;
Have a good understanding of innovative packaging technologies such as active and intelligent packaging applied to food, as well as, nanotechnology for packaging;
Learn about the standards and regulatory European framework regarding recyclable, biodegradable, active and intelligent food packaging;
Gain an overview of the tools required to assess the impact of packaging systems on the environment; skills in using supporting tools and approaches for decision making in food packaging; and competence in packaging design for a sustainable performance of the food-packaging combination.
Network with professionals from other countries and share knowledge on recyclable, biodegradable, active and intelligent food packaging.


Becerril, Raquel - Univ. Zaragoza (Spain)
Incarnato, Loredana - Univ. Degli Studi di Salerno (Italy)
Licciardello, Fabio - Univ. Degli Studi di Modena y Regio Emilia (Italy)
Navajas, Alberto - Univ. Pública de Navarra (Spain)
Nerín, Cristina - I3A, Univ. Zaragoza (Spain)
Poças, María Fatima - Univ. Católica Portuguesa, Porto (Portugal)
Silva, Filomena - ARAID, Univ. Zaragoza (Spain)
Peñalva, Carolina - Aitiip Centro Tecnológico (Spain)

Applied approach
(lectures, practical group work, technical visit, & debate)

8 Leading international experts

Face-to-face and on-line modalities


  • Opening (1 hour)
  • 1. Introduction: roles, significance and types of packaging in the food supply chain (2 hours)
    • 1.1. Security
    • 1.2. Preservation
    • 1.3. Information
    • 1.4. Convenience and consumer issues
  • 2. Circular Economy and packaging (1 hour)
    • 2.1. Legal framework and EU action plan
    • 2.2. Implementation measures and challenges
  • 3. Recycling in packaging (6 hours)
    • 3.1. Recyclability of plastics: mechanical, chemical and thermal recycling processes
    • 3.2. Recyclability of papers and cardboards
    • 3.3. Technological issues and functional performance: design for recycling
    • 3.4. Regulatory aspects
  • 4. Biodegradable and compostable packaging (4 hours)
    • 4.1. Source, processing, properties and uses
    • 4.2. Biodegradation and composting processes
    • 4.3. Paper/plastic packaging: laminated films, poly-coated paper and cardboard
    • 4.4. Advantages and disadvantages of bio-based materials in packaging
  • 5. Active packaging (5 hours)
    • 5.1. Absorbers and scavengers; emitters and releasers
    • 5.2. Antioxidant packaging
    • 5.3. Antimicrobial packaging
    • 5.4. Incorporation of active ingredients in the packaging material
    • 5.5. Regulatory aspects
  • 6. Intelligent packaging (2 hours)
    • 6.1. Sensors and indicators: oxygen and other gases, temperature, microorganisms, etc.
    • 6.2. Regulatory aspects
  • 7. Nanotechnology in food packaging (1 hour)
    • 7.1. Principles and applications
    • 7.2. Regulatory issues
  • 8. Tools for assessment of the environmental sustainability of packaging (2 hours)
    • 8.1. Life cycle analysis (LCA) and carbon footprint
    • 8.2. Examples and applications
  • 9. Group work (7 hours)
    • Session 1: problem definition
    • Session 2: data collection
    • Session 3: formulation of solutions
    • Session 4: results and conclusions
    • Presentation of results and discussion
    • Conclusions and lessons learned
  • 10. Technical visit: Aitiip (2 hours)
    • Aitiip Technology Centre is a private non-profit organization located on the industrial estate of Empresarium in Zaragoza whose primary purpose is the promotion of technological activities of plastics processing and mould manufacturing and matrices. AITIIP Technology Centre produces novel materials and offers technologies that find application in the production of food packaging such as injection, blow moulding, extrusion, casting, thermoforming and 3D printing. During the visit, the participants will be able to learn how new materials are produced and about technologies applied for the packaging production.

Train at an outstanding international institution


The course is aimed at professionals from the industry and public institutions involved in food packaging, or interested in developing opportunities in this field, such as: food producers, processors, distributors, and retailers; quality and safety managers; marketing managers; packaging producers, suppliers and recyclers; public sector agents; technical advisors; and experts from R&D institutions and universities.
The course is designed for 25 participants in face-to-face modality and 30 participants in online modality. Online participation excludes any technical visit.
Knowledge of English and Spanish will be valued in the selection of candidates, since they will be the working languages of the course. The Organization will provide simultaneous interpretation of the lectures in these two languages.

Candidates may apply online at the following address:
Applications must include the curriculum vitae and copy of the supporting documents most related to the subject of the course.
Applications are open from 29 July to 18 September 2022.
Applications from candidates requiring authorization to attend the course may be accepted provisionally.
Registration fees for the course amount to 500 euro for face-to-face participation and 400 euro for online attendance. This sum covers tuition fees only.

Candidates from CIHEAM member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) may apply during the registration process for scholarships covering the cost of travel and full board accommodation. Preference will be given to candidates from low and medium-income countries.
Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

It is compulsory for participants who will be attending the course face-to-face to have medical insurance valid for Spain. Proof of insurance cover must be given at the beginning of the course. Those who so wish may participate in a collective insurance policy taken out by the Organization, upon payment of the stipulated sum.

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Av. Montañana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain

+34 976716000

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