IRMC Fall Meeting

Renewable Bioproducts Institute | Georgia Institute of Technology 500 10th Street, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0620
Wednesday, November 08, 2023 to Friday, November 10, 2023

TAPPI's International Research Management Committee Fall 2023 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.

Mission To further advance the capabilities of the members of TAPPI's Research Management Committee to lead with increasing effectiveness the technology efforts of their organizations, With the objectives of: - Improving the competitiveness of their respective companies, - Increasing the value of research and education in their respective institutes, With an overall purpose of strengthening the long-term viability of the forest products industry through implementation of new technology
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 not a member of this committee and interested in joining, please contact Hannah Peterson or 770.862.3114

2023 Program Info


(As of November 8, 2023)



Thursday, November 9, 2023

7:00 AM -8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast – CARLYLE'S CATERING

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Dr. Chris Luettgen & Dr. Alexander Koukoulas Introductions


Dr. Alexander Koukoulas, Director, AFRY, will discuss emerging topics in sustainability, the importance of Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, and how mills can both mitigate carbon dioxide emissions and increase profitability.


Jose Gonzales, Director, AFRY, will look at opportunities in the packaging sector and how companies are working to expand their sustainable product portfolios.


Dr. Valerie Thomas, Georgia Tech, LCA expert on state of examinations


10:00 AM -10:15 AM


10:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Nick DiLuzio, VP Georgia Forestry Foundation


Dr. Sandeep Kulkarni, Association of Plastic Recyclers

12:00 PM -1:00 PM


1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Dr. Kim Nelson, CTO Nanocellulose, GranBio


1:30 PM – 5:00 PM


·       Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking

·       Alex Ard-Kelly, Holotable, holographic imaging of trade shows and conferences

·       Joulea Co., drone imaging of buildings and equipment for weak structural and temperature inefficiencies.


6:00 PM

Dinner (On Your Own)

Friday, November 10, 2023

7:00 AM -8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast – CARLYLE'S CATERING

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Dr. Chris Luettgen, APPTI Carbon Net Zero Roadmapping


Dr. David Eady, Ray Anderson Institute for Sustainable Business – Georgia Carbon Drawdown


Dr. Cyrus Aidun, Multi-phase forming for water conservation and reduced evaporative drying energy.


IRMC Membership Committee Update

12:00 PM

Box Lunch


TAPPI International Research Management Committee Registration Information

Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 – Friday, November 10th, 2023 | Georgia Tech Renewable Bioproducts Institute

Register Here!

Registration Fees: 

Full Committee Meeting Registration - $1,550.00

Single Day - $800.00

Spouse/Guest - $600

Retired - $1,000


Click on the link to book your reservations for TAPPI Rolling Room Block on November 7th, 2023 through November 10th , 2024

Book Your Hotel Stay

Booking Deadline: 10/31/2023

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

Non-smoking King bedding accommodations have been blocked for this group. Please note that all guestrooms are non-smoking.

All reservations must be accompanied by a valid credit card, as the first night’s stay to include legally imposed taxes (currently 16.9%) and applicable fees ($5 daily Georgia lodging fee) will be charged at or shortly after the time the reservation is made. This charge will be refundable until 7 days before the check-in date if written cancellation notification is received by the hotel.

For any other requests or inquiries, please enter this information within the appropriate request boxes during the reservations process or call the hotel directly by calling (800) 706-2899 or (404) 838-2100.

For any additional nights needed before or after the posted group dates, please contact the hotel directly at (800)706-2899 to check availability.

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