Plastics Heritage Conference, May 2019 - Lisbon, Portugal

Under the aegis of the Plastics Heritage European Association (PHEA), the Portuguese Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT) will host the Plastics Heritage Congress 2019.

Plastics Heritage: History, Limits and Possibilities, the congress’ general theme, is an output of the Project “The Triumph of Bakelite – Contributions for a History of Plastics in Portugal” combined with the fifth of a series of international Plastics Heritage Conferences and will be held in Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, at the National Coach Museum, from 29th to 31st May 2019.

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 (Hipomsin 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.

Historic polymeric materials (Hipoms) comprise:

  • The large group of natural polymeric materials (amber, birch pitch, bitumen, natural rubber, gutta-percha, natural fibers, natural lacquers and varnishes, vegetable and animal glues, linoleum, shellac and Bois Durci etc.).
  • Chemically modified biopolymers like cellulose nitrate, cellulose acetate and casein-formaldehyde masses.
  • Historic synthetic polymeric material like phenolics, urea and other early thermosets, thermoplastics, elastomers, fibers, lacquers, glues etc.

All proposals must be in English. 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.



The final deadline for session proposals is 30th August 2018 and for individual paper proposals is 15th November 2018.

Proposals should be sent electronically (as a pdf or Word file, Times New Roman, 11, single space) to Guenter Lattermann (, the chair of the programme committee or Maria Elvira Callapez (, co-chair.

INDIVIDUAL PAPER proposals must include: (1) a 200-350-word abstract; and (2) a one-page CV.

Abstracts should include the author’s name and email address, affiliation, a short descriptive title, a concise statement of the thesis, a brief discussion of the sources, and a summary of the major conclusions.

If there are more than one author, please underline the speaker(s).

If you are submitting a paper proposal dealing with a particular subtheme, please indicate this in your proposal.

In preparing your paper, remember that presentations are not full-length articles. Depending on the number of papers in the session, you will have no more than 15-20 minutes to speak, which is roughly equivalent to six – eight double-spaced typed pages. For more suggestions about preparing your conference presentation, please consult the guidelines at the conference website. Contributors are encouraged to submit full-length versions of their papers after the congress for consideration by Journal of Plastics History e-plastory.

SESSION proposals must include (1) an abstract of the session (200-350 words at maximum), listing the proposed papers and a session chairperson; (2) abstracts for each paper (200-350 words); (3) a one-page CV for each contributor and chairperson. Sessions should consist of at least one set of presentations – but no more than four time slots of 90 minutes – and they may include three or four papers in each, which might extend series of successive sections over more than one day. Proposing a commentator – instead of the fourth presenter – is also possible. The programme committee reserves the right to relocate papers to different themes and add papers to sessions. We also encourage proposing roundtables and other “untraditional” as well as experimental session formats. Whatever the session format will be, organisers and chairs are expected to reserve enough time for general discussion between the presenters and audience.

POSTER proposals must include (1) a 200-350-word abstract; and (2) a one-page CV. Abstracts should include the author’s name and email address, a short descriptive title, a concise statement of the thesis, a brief discussion of the sources, and a summary of the major conclusions. Please, indicate one of the specified subthemes for your poster.


We like to invite you to present your poster in a “Flash Talk session”. That means that the presenter may deliver a short oral talk in the auditorium (3 PowerPoint slides in 2 minutes).

The posters will be exhibited in the venue hall during the whole congress. The presenters will stay with their posters talking with people about their research during the coffee breaks and at a poster session.  



Width x Height (mm)

Width x Height (in)


841 x 1189 mm

33.1 x 46.8 in




1 June 2018

Submission of sessions proposals opens

30 August 2018

Submission of sessions proposal closes 23.59GMT

01 September 2018

Submission of individual paper proposals opens

01 November 2018

Acceptance/rejection of session proposals announced

15 November 2018

Submission of individual papers proposals closes at 23.59GMT

07 January 2019

Acceptance/rejection of individual paper proposals announced

15 January 2019

Draft programme published and opening of Early Bird registration

21 March 2019

Late registration

4 April 2019

Draft final programme issued

17 April 2019

Publication of final programme

30 April 2019

Final deadline for registration


Type of fee

Ends April 30

    Starts March 21


190 EUR

230 EUR


80 EUR

100 EUR

Accompanying person

75 EUR

95 EUR

One-day ticket

70 EUR

80 EUR

Included in the Fee

Full fee will cover documentation, coffee breaks, lunches, welcome reception, tour to Leiria, certificate, and book of abstracts. Please make sure you register and pay the fee until April 30 in order to secure your inclusion both in the scientific programme and in the Book of Abstracts.

Concessionary fee is open to students, retired people and independent scholars. You may be required to provide proof of status.

The accompanying person is entitled to join at any events of the congress (sessions, welcome reception, tour).

Payments will be made according to the instructions to be found in the coming registration form.

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