IC and iarigai at virtual drupa 2021

Print media industry, education and research have been intertwined for decades. Over the last years they intensified their co-operation and co-creation to improve the learning effects of their teachings, the relevance of research and the quality of the print services. Five prominent speakers will give you an update on how the interaction between these three partners spurs print media innovation today. 

Prof. Emeritus Frank Romano (RIT), Beatrice Klose (Secretary General, Intergraf), Prof. Dr. John Craft (Appalachian State University and president elect of GCEA – Graphic Communication Educators Association), Jan De Roeck, Marketing Director ESKO and Jörg Hunsche from HP Indigo Germany, will bring you up to date on the latest developments and how print media education, research and industry can reinforce and inspire each other.

This event is part of the official DRUPA program and is an initiative of IC, iarigai, HdM and HELGRAMED. Interested participants need to be registered beforehand through the conference website:

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The Speakers

Frank Romano is Professor Emeritus at Rochester Institute of Technology (USA). His career has spanned over 50 years in the printing and publishing industries and he will focus on research and the future of print technology.

Beatrice Klose, is the Secretary-General of Intergraf and Experienced in European affairs for the printing industry and organizer of events for the security printing industry, based in Brussels. In het presentation she will elaborate on how the printing industry can remain attractive for young people.

John R. Craft is Professor of Graphic Communications Management at the Appalachian State University and President Elect of the Graphic Communications Education Association (USA). His topic zooms in on how print media education and the industry collaborate in the US.

Jan De Roeck is the Marketing Director at Esko (Belgium). Esko is a global company and its product portfolio supports and manages the packaging print processes for brand owners, designers, premedia and trade shops, packaging manufacturers and converters. Jan will expand on how Esko supports print media education and interacts with the education providers.

Jörg Hunsche is Market Development Manager – Digital Production Business at HP Indigo Germany and PWP. He has more than 30 years in leading positions in the graphic arts and printing fields. He will present the topic of digital printing evolution and the research contribution to this. The organizers look forward to a great event that will broaden the horizons of knowledge and set the standards for the necessary convergence of the graphic arts – printing industry with the education and research fields.