FTA Europe and Intergraf together with Smithers will organise the conference Shaping the Future with Packaging, on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 March 2023 in Brussels.

Registrations for Shaping the Future with Packaging are open! Register here.

Event Content

Shaping the Future with Packaging will focus on the European packaging market. This event is a ‘must-attend’ for anyone with an interest in this vibrant sector. Participants will hear from speakers on a range of packaging-related topics – from sustainability, food contact materials, and product design, to EU policy, and more.


To allow people to travel to Brussels, the conference will take place over two days: during the afternoon and evening of 9 March and the morning of 10 March. The event will be held at the Hotel Le Plaza Brussels (Boulevard Adolphe Max 118-126). A networking dinner will be organised on 9 March.


Take a look at the latest version of the event agenda here.


  • Tom Hallam, Project Director, Packaging Consultancy at Smithers
  • Maja Desgrees du Lou, Policy Officer (DG Environment) at the European Commission
  • Olga Munroe, Head of the Retail Institute at Leeds Beckett University
  • Susanne Lippitsch, Packaging Designer at SL DESIGN
  • AIM (European Brands Association) or Holy Grail 2.0 member representative presenting the watermark “Holy Grail 2.0”
  • Peter Ragaert, Director at Pack4Food & Professor of food packaging technology at Ghent University

Market Report

For each event in this series, market research expert Smithers provides exclusive economic analysis. Shaping the Future with Packaging will be accompanied by the European Packaging Market Report 2023 containing both Smithers’ market data and an overview of the conference. Participants will receive this report free of charge as part of the event package.


  • Printing company belonging to Intergraf member association – 190 EUR + VAT
  • Company belonging to FTA Europe member association – 190 EUR + VAT
  • Non-member printing company – 395 + VAT
  • Non-member supplier company – 495 EUR + VAT


We have reserved rooms at Hotel Le Plaza at special rates. Reserve your room via this booking link.

How to reach the venue

Find here some practical information on how to get around in Brussels.


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Are you interested in sponsorship opportunities? See our sponsorship packages and get in touch with Despoina Melissinou at dmelissinou@fta-europe.eu.

Terms and Conditions

You can download the event T&Cs here.