The aim of the conference is to connect different stakeholders from industry, academia design studios, brand owners and all involved in the packaging life cycle. Main goals are to share knowledge, good practices, ideas and to make new connections in the transformation from linear to circular packaging supply chains and business models.

With interesting presentations, real life case studies from companies and masterclasses from experts, we expect to create new partnerships and value chains between and among academia and industry stakeholders. Also hands- on workshop will be organized based on the method developed from the Ellen McArthur Foundations.


Conference topics include, but are not limited to:
  • circular economy and innovative business models,
  • new innovative bio-based materials,
  • sustainable and optimized packaging design,
  • packaging printing and converting,
  • packaging supply chain optimization through innovative solutions,
  • consumer behaviour on the way to circular packaging,
  • life cycle analysis of the packaging,
  • packaging waste recycling, reusing and composting.


The conference will be organised as a hybrid with onsite and online lectures. The program will be announced later.

Conference dinner will be organised on Thursday, 9. 9. 2021.

Registration, abstract submission and deadlines

Important dates:

  • 1st June 2021 (abstract submission - 300 words),
  • 15th June 2021 (Notification of the submission acceptance),
  • 31st July 2021 (Final paper submission)
  • 23th of August 2021Final Programme
  • 9th - 10th of September 2021 Conference

Final paper submissions are expected by 1 July 2021. All papers will be reviewed and will be published in the conference proceedings. Other forms of submissions and presentations are possible (case studies, design concepts) but will not be included in the conference proceedings as a reviewed article.

Conference registration fee:

  • Onsite both days (250 EUR + VAT + incl. Dinner on 9th)
  • Onsite 1. day (200 EUR+VAT)
  • Onsite 2. day (160 EUR+VAT)
  • Online both days (100 EUR +VAT)
  • Online one day (70 EUR + VAT)
  • Onsite students (30 EUR + VAT)
  • Online students: FREE
  • Invited lecturer: FREE

The conference fee includes all printed materials and proceedings, workshops, refreshments (food and drinks) during the conference and the conference dinner fort he visitors in who will attend the conference in person (9-10 September 2021).

The online conference fee includes all the materials and proceedings in e-version (printed on demand) and access the recorded presentations.


For additional information regarding submissions you can contact dr. Igor Karlovits (igor.karlovits@icp-lj.si; 00 386 1 200 28 47)

Abstract submission


Scientific committee

Dr. Manica Ulčnik Krump

Business Unit Recycled-Resource, INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH, Germany

dr. Stephan Laske

Greiner Packaging, Austria

DI Herfried Lammer

Kompetenzzentrum Holz, Austria

Prof. dr. Dragoljub Novaković,

Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Prof. dr. Branka Lozo

Faculty of Graphic Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Prof. dr. Gregor Radonjič

Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Prof. dr Arif Özcan

Marmara University, Instabul, Turkey

Prof. dr. Branka Pilić

Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, ICP

Dr. Milica Balaban

Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FTPO

Dr. Laszló Koltai

Faculty of Light Industry and Environmental Engineering, Obudai University, Hungary, ICP

Prof. dr. Aleksandra Lobnik

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Dr. Urška Vrabič Brodnjak

Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, ICP

Barbara Prinčič

Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, ICP

Prof. Dr Miroslav Huskić

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Prof. dr Irena Pulko

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Dr. Blaž Nardin

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Dr. David Ravnjak

Vevče Paper Mill, Slovenia, ICP

Dr. Urška Kavčič

Pulp and Paper Institute, Slovenia, ICP

Dr. Igor Karlovits

Pulp and Paper Institute, Slovenia, ICP

Organizining commitee

Dr. Blaž Nardin

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia, FTPO

Mag. Mateja Mešl

Pulp and Paper Institute, Slovenia, ICP

Mag. Silvester Bolka

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia, FTPO

Msc. Maja Mešl

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia, FTPO

Sara Jeseničnik

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia, FTPO

Mag. Gregor Lavrič

Pulp and Paper Institute, Slovenia, ICP

Dr. Urška Kavčič

Pulp and Paper Institute, Slovenia, ICP

Dr. Igor Karlovits

Pulp and Paper Institute, Slovenia, ICP


Conference will be held at the Faculty of Polymer Technology in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia.

How to get there?

By car:
The easiest way is by car. Slovenj Gradec is located in a beautiful valley in north-east of Slovenia, 120 km from the capital city, Ljubljana. At the highway, Ljubljana-Maribor, take the exit ŽALEC and continue in a direction Velenje, Slovenj Gradec. Drive carefully, also because there is a stationary radar in the centre of Velenje, and police are measuring speed regularly in several places (Paka pri Velenju, Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu,…).

By plane:
The transport from the Ljubljana airport (Airport Jože Pučnik) can be booked by GoOpti. The other airports in the vicinity are Zagreb (Croatia) and Graz (Austria) but it might be a bit inconvenient to come to Slovenj Gradec. However, GoOpti is offering transport from those airports as well. If several of you come at approximately the same time we might help to organise transport.

By train
The nearest train station is Velenje. If you get there we will organise the transport to Slovenj Gradec, just let us know in advance.

You can book an accommodation at:
Hotel Slovenj Gradec: http://www.hotelslovenjgradec.si/
Vila Pohorje: http://vilapohorje.si/ (Hotel and hostel)
Hostel Slovenj Gradec: http://www.turizem-slovenjgradec.si/en/accommodation/youth-hostel
Hiša Ančka: https://www.hisaancka.si/home_eng/
Tourist farm Plesnik: http://www.rotovnik-plesnik.si/staying
Tourist farm Lešnik: https://www.farmtourism.si/farm/ekoloska-turisticna-kmetija-lesnik
Tourist farm Klevž: http://www.klevz.si/index.php/prenocisca

Coffee breaks
A morning, and afternoon coffee breaks will be served in the conference site.