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Call for papers: Plastics Heritage Congress 2019

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 09:00 to Friday, May 31, 2019 - 17:00 | Museu da Famácia (Pharmacy Museum) in Lisbon, Portugal.
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We are living in a time of increasing dependence on and encounters with synthetic materials, such as plastics, in our day-to-day life.

The Plastics Heritage Congress 2019, whose general theme is "Plastics heritage: history, limits and possibilities” intends to emphasize the synthetic material’s "plasticity" that makes them crucial in today’s globalized world and to understand the chameleon capability of plastics, their limits and possibilities.

This congress aims to address plastics history and heritage by encouraging papers that contribute to a deeper understanding of the socioeconomic culture and material culture of historic polymeric materials (HIPOMS) in their various representations and functions in society.

The main theme embraces the concepts of history, limits and possibilities of plastics heritage as organizing principles, thus perceiving their impact on the consumer and their technical and scientific developments. The programme committee suggests the following non-exhaustive sub-themes for contributors of individual papers, and posters:

  • Plastics history (historic polymeric materials [Hipoms] manufacturing, engineering, companies)
  • Plastics heritage (Hipoms in art, design, everyday use, technical objects and architecture)
  • Collecting Hipom objects
  • Conservation of Hipoms (artefacts, technical heritage, material characterization)
  • Documentation and reproduction (archives, data bases, digital scanning, 3D-printing etc.)
  • Plastics limits (degradation, waste problems, environmental impacts, history of social interactions)
  • Plastics and emotions: impact on consumers and design personalisation.

All proposals must be in English, and should be submitted electronically by date to be announced. For advice on preparing your submission and the conference presentation, please consult the guidelines.

In addition to the scientific programme, the congress will include social events.

If you have any questions related to the scientific programme, papers or posters then please contact Guenter Lattermann (, the chair of the programme committee or Maria Elvira Callapez (, co-chair.