Nathalie Gontard is all wrapped up in the future of packaging. Concerned with the amount of plastic waste accumulating in oceans and on land, she invented innovative biodegradable packaging materials and is looking for ways to anticipate the impacts it will have over its lifecycle. Inspired by techniques discovered over the course of her travels, Gontard has always been looking far afield and into the future.

  • 1983: Science-stream secondary school diploma
  • 1983–1985: Associate’s degree from the Montpellier Institute of Technology
  • 1985–1988: Engineering and Master’s degree
  • 1988–1991: Ph.D. at the University of Montpellier, post-doctorate from Norwich University
  • 1992–1998: Researcher at CIRAD, lecturer at the Tropical Food Industries Division at ENSIA (renamed AgroParisTech, now under Montpellier SupAgro)
  • 1998–1999: Researcher at Uji University, Japan
  • 2000–2010: Professor at the University of Montpellier
  • 2010: Professor at Kyoto University, Japan
  • Since 2011: research director, Agropolymer Engineering and Emerging Technologies Unit, INRA Montpellier
  • Over 150 publications, numerous awards and prizes, including the Horizon 2020 Étoile de l’Europe Award in 2015