Kate Parker is the Packaging Research Leader at Scion where she is developing new packaging materials using biomaterials. Her particular field of interest is in biopolymer foams as alternatives to expanded polystyrene, a technology which is currently being commercialised by the Biopolymer Network Ltd. The packaging program she is leading is focused on predicting and measuring corrugated box performance, particularly in the chilled supply chain; developing biobased films; and packaging technologies which enable product traceability. The overall the objective of Scion’s packaging research is to maintain food safety and security in export markets such as China. From her involvement with the network, she wants to gain a better understanding of the consumer perceptions and regulatory requirements in China that could influence the introduction of new packaging innovations.