International Research Management (IRMC)

International Research Management (IRMC)

Boston, Massachusetts
Monday, September 30, 2019 to Thursday, October 03, 2019

TAPPI's International Research Management Committee Fall 2019 Meeting

TAPPI’s International Research Management Committee is a group of chief technology officers and academics who lead the research and development efforts of the pulp, paper, and packaging industry. The purpose of this prestigious committee is to enhance the management of research and development in the pulp and paper industry. The committee provides a forum in which research managers may share its experiences and problems in areas of mutual interest.

Join your fellow committee members this September 30 – October 3 in Boston, MA and Bangor, ME to participate in an interactive program that will include visits to Sappi HQ, Ginkgo Bioworks, Global AI Conference, Greentown Labs, Sappi R&D Center, IDEXX and tours of TRC, PDC, ASCC at the University of Maine. Click on the Program tab for more information.
If you are not a member of this committee and interested in joining, please contact Bridgette Brigham TAPPI at [email protected] or 770.209.7244

As of August 8, 2019



Monday, September 30, 2019 – Boston, MA

3:00-4:00 PM

Sappi Innovation Showcase, Sappi HQ

225 State Street, Boston, MA

6:30-9:00 PM

Group Dinner – Hampshire House

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – Boston, MA


Board bus, travel to Ginkgo Bioworks


Tour of Ginkgo Bioworks

27 Drydock Avenue, Boston, MA


Board bus for Convention Center


Global AI Conference

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA

Lunch on your own at venue


Board bus for Green Town Labs


Green Town Labs

444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA


Board bus to return to hotel

6:30-9:00 PM

Dinner on own

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 – Boston à Portland à Bangor

7:30-9:30 AM

Travel to Portland

10:00-11:45 AM

Sappi R&D Center

89 Cumberland Street, Westbrook, ME

10:00-10:30 – R&D overview

10:30-11:45 – Tour

11:00-11:45 – IRMC Business Meeting


Travel to IDEXX

12:00-3:00 PM


One IDEXX Drive, Westbrook, ME

12:00-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-3:00 – Tour and Innovation Workshop/speaker

3:00-5:00 PM

Bus to Bangor, ME

Group Dinner at Timber Kitchen & Bar

Thursday, October 3, 2019 – Orono, ME

8:00 – 12:00

Welcome, Tours of TRC, PDC, ASCC

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch on campus

1:00 – 4:00

Speakers – Wells Conference Center

Potential Speakers: ND Paper, Fiberight, others

4:00 – 6:00

Reception & Student Poster Session

Invite UMPPF Board to participate, judge posters

6:30 – 9:00 PM

Dinner – Wells Conference Center

Friday, October 4, 2019 - Optional


Tours, optional Acadia National Park

TAPPI International Research Management Committee Registration Information

September 31 – October 3, 2019 Boston MA & Bangor, ME

Register Here!

Registration Fees: 


Member: $1550

Non-member: $2100

Boston Program Only: $800

Maine Program Only: $800


Retired: $1000

Cancellation Fee: $300


Friday: Optional Maine Tour: $60

Note: If you are only able to join the Boston or Bangor portion of the itinerary, a reduced price is available. Contact Lawton Roberts at [email protected] for details.
Not a member? Membership in the TAPPI’s IRMC is by invitation only. Eligible individuals include leaders in research and technology for the pulp, paper, and packaging industry. If you are interested in joining, Lawton Roberts at [email protected] for details.
Cancellation Policy:
If you find that you have to cancel your participation, you will not be charged if you provide written notice to TAPPI’s Registration Department by Monday September 20, 2019. Cancellations can be submitted via fax to: +1.770.209.7206.
For cancellations received after September 20, 2019, there will be a 20% fee charge to cover commitments TAPPI has made to the hotel for your participation.

Substitutions will be accepted without a penalty.

Please note that travel to and from the airport is NOT included in the registration fee.

Boston, ME
Boston Marriott Long Warf
The last day to book, modify or cancel a room reservation is SEPTEMBER 2, 2019.  After this date, room rates revert to market rate and availability. 
Monday night: September 30, 2019
Tuesday night: October 1, 2019
Wednesday night: Checkout
Special group rate for US $329 per night available until Monday September 2, 2019
Method of reservation Boston: +1 (800) 228-9290 or +1 (617) 227.0800 or Book your group rate for TAPPI Room Block
Name of Event: TAPPI Room Block:
Reference #: M-H61QAWF
Dates: Monday 09.30.2019 – Wednesday 10.02.2019

Bangor, ME
Bangor Residence Inn
The last day to book, modify or cancel a room reservation is SEPTEMBER 13, 2019. After this date, room rates revert to market rate and availability. 
Wednesday October 2, 2019
Thursday October 3, 2019
Special group rate for US $159 per night (includes breakfast) available until Friday September 13, 2019
Method of reservation Bangor: +1 (207) 433-0800
Name of Event: TAPPI Group

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