The East Midlands Packaging Society

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By popular demand we are pleased to announce the third in our very successful series of collaborations between academia and industry to explore insights into the changing global landscape impacted by issues such as Global Warming and water & oil depletion that will affect consumer demand and some of the exciting emerging technologies that will enable us to adapt & thrive.

We are pleased to be working with Loughborough University Design School on this occasion and as previously have a fantastic line-up of leading edge thinkers & 'doers' with which to 'whet your appetites'.

Below is the proposed itinerary, which will be finalised nearer the time. Please make sure that you book early to avoid disappointment, as both previous events have been oversubscribed.

When: 20th February 2013

Where: Design School Loughborough University

5.00pm  Open for registration and networking with opportunity to look at company stands (See initial list at bottom of this email)

5.30        Introduction

5.45        Chris Barnatt - Associate Professor of Computing & Future Studies, Nottingham Uni Business School.

Explaining the Future

Whilst nothing is certain, some things that may lie ahead are now very, very probable indeed. If taking a short-term horizon of a year or even a decade they can perhaps be ignored. However, any medium- or long-term planning now has to include an awareness of those effectively inevitable future challenges as listed below. Like it or not, the Age of Plenty is now coming to an end . . .
Peak Oil
We are fast approaching the situation of "Peak Oil" where there is less oil left in the ground than we've taken out. When this point is reached, demand for oil will start to significantly outstrip supply with life-changing implications across many nations.
Peak Water
Over the next couple of decades many nations will hit a situation of "Peak Water" where demand for fresh water starts to outstrip supply. In turn this will have serious implications for food production, human health and the wider environment.
Climate Change
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC), increases in average global air and ocean temperatures, a widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising sea levels, all signal that our climate is changing. Almost all governments -- as well as many people and organizations -- now also accept that climate change is occurring. We will all therefore be increasingly affected by climate change as, regardless of the science and meteorology, it has already become a mainstream political and economic reality.

Additional challenges include food shortages, resource depletion, viral pandemics, population ageing & religious tensions. But it's not all 'doom and gloom' and Christopher will discuss all of these together with some exciting areas of technology that are arising, such as:
3D Printing  Augmented Reality  Big Data  Bioprinting  Cloud Computing  Genetic Engineering
Helium-3 Power  Nanotechnology  Quantum Computing  Synthetic Biology. You can find out more at:

6.30        Brian Weeks - Interactive Product Solutions

Printed electronics in packaging    
Making Packaging Interactive using Printable Electronics: Current Status & Future Trends
‘Intelligent’ packaging is various forms have been available for many years, but a new breed of materials and inks are now available that is enabling electronics devices to be printed onto flat flexible substrates such as polymer films and carton board.  This includes devices such as resistors, capacitors, displays, transistors and even complete RFID devices (pRFID).
The implications of these innovations have profound consequences for packaging of all types. Many companies throughout the world are now engaged in a race to develop commercial products and stimulate end user demand.  This talk will review the status of the technology developments taking place and the new market opportunities being created.You can find out more at: Brian Weeks on LinkedIn


7.05        Trevor Elworthy - LumeJet Group

LumeJet - photonic imaging technology      

OLEDs (Organic LEDs or Light Emitting Diodes) are solid state devices made from thin films of organic molecules that give off energy (light) when connected to an electric current.  OLEDs make great screens as they work without a backlight, can display deeper black levels, have a wider angle of viewing and higher contrast in low light conditions.  Made of plastic rather than glass, they’re thinner and lighter, and consume less energy than LED (Light Emitting Diodes) and LCD (Liquid Crystal Displays). They’re also flexible and can be curled in use, and even rolled up for storage!

OLEDs are already used in small-screen devices, like mobile phones, games consoles, digital cameras and eBook readers because until very recently, the manufacturing process was prohibitively expensive.  Further development of LumeJet DPH, with its pin point accuracy and minute printed dot size, may offer a breakthrough in this highly lucrative industry and provide exciting new opportunities in the packaging arena. You can find out more at:

7.35        Open Forum for questions about 'Packs for the Future - What Next?'

8.10        Close of seminar, followed by networking, sandwiches and drinks.

9.00        Evening ends




For further information please email: or tel: 01476 513887

Directions to venue:

Design School
(Near the Towers - via Epinal Way Entrance)
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU
Use East Entrance to the university off Epinal Way. Please report to the security gate on the way in and they will give you a parking permit and direct you to car park 9 near the Towers. The Design School is near the Towers.
You can see details on the link below.


More information about the speakers:

Speaker 1: Christopher Barnatt

Christopher Barnatt is a futurist, author, videographer, and Associate Professor of Computing and Future Studies in Nottingham University Business School.

As well as running this website and, Christopher is the author of eight books on future studies and computing. These include Seven Ways to Fix the World, 25 Things You Need to Know About the Future, A Brief Guide to Cloud Computing, and his Future Trilogy.

Christopher Barnatt has made more than 60 appearances on radio and television talking about the topics covered on this site, details of which can be found on the press page. In addition to these media activities, Christopher acted as a consultant to Discovery Channel in the production of, is a member of the World Future Society, a contributor to, and on the editorial board of Replicator World.

In his work as a professional futurist, Christopher has delivered presentations or completed other forms of consultancy work for a wide range of organizations. Recently these have included the Clore Leadership, Friends of the Earth, ConsumerEyes, Holland Centraal, Medilink East Midlands, the UK Government's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Greenbelt and the Jersey Arts Trust.

You can keep up with Christopher online at

Speaker 2: Brian Weeks
Brian Weeks is Managing Director of Interactive Product Solutions Ltd and creates value for clients by understanding how to exploit ‘disruptive’ technologies to transform business processes & deliver business benefits.
He has wide experience & practical knowledge of RFID, intelligent packaging, printable electronics, wireless positioning & location systems and sensory networks, & anti-counterfeiting technologies. With in-depth knowledge of many different industries, he has authored authoritative reports on RFID, Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) & Intelligent Packaging and their application for inventory & asset management, & crime reduction.

He has created numerous innovative concepts that enhance the brand experience for clients based on a variety of emerging printable electronic technologies.  This background has led him to co-found Interactive Product Solutions Ltd, a system integrator that offers practical solutions for Global Brand owners seeking to engage their customers with innovative, interactive products & packs.

Speaker 3: Trevor Elworthy

Trevor Elworthy is an experienced Company Director and Scientist Entrepreneur, having founded 4 business in the Digital Imaging and Printing space over the past 25 years. He spun out DigePrint Ltd from Warwick University in 2001 to develop LumeJet, a multi-LED array technology for imaging onto photo-activated media (think Inkjet with Light)

He is currently CIO and Founder of LumeJet Limited, based in Coventry, developing a next generation short-run, image intensive document printer using the LumeJet technology - called LumePress. Also investigating the use of LumeJet in IR and UV wavelengths for Inkless Printing and Printed Electronics applications.

He was elected to Bath University Governing Court to represent 78,000 Graduate Alumni (May 2011)

He was also a Polar Ambassador for Mark Wood's North South Solo Expedition - the world's first attempt at a solo, unaided and unsupported trek to the North and South Poles back-to-back. Mark is highlighting the Climate Change 2020 initiative and the One World Education challenges (Nov 2011)


We would like to express thanks to our sponsors who will be displaying some of the latest packaging technologies in their fantastic table-top demonstrations: 

PET Power UK

Chesapeake Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Packaging


Benson Box Ltd

More company details to follow.....................

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