Under the aegis of the Plastics Heritage European Association (PHEA), the Plart Museum in Naples (Italy) will host the sixth edition of the Plastics Heritage Congress (PHC)(1) from the 17th to the 19th October 2022.

The PHC aims to encourage proposals for oral and poster presentation that contribute to a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of historic polymeric materials(2) in their different representations and applications in society.

The main themes of the PHC comprise the concepts of history, technology, usage and conservation of plastics heritage. The Programme Committee (PC) suggests the following (non-exhaustive) themes, e.g.:

  1. Plastics history (historic polymeric materials [Hipoms], manufacturing, engineering, companies)
  2. Plastics heritage (Hipoms in art, design, everyday use, fashion, technical objects, architecture)
  3. Collecting plastics artefacts (museum and private collections)
  4. Plastics and emotions (impact on consumers, aesthetics, design, advertising)
  5. Conservation of plastics artefacts (preventive conservation, materials characterisation, degradation, instrumental analysis, restoration)
  6. Impact of plastics on society (material culture, evolution of industrial sectors, uses and customs, sustainability, environmental issue, conflicts)
  7. Biopolymers and future developments
  8. Documentation and reproduction (archives, data bases, digital scanning, 3D-printing etc.)
  9. Training and legislation regarding plastics heritage

The conference language is English.


  • The final deadline for the submission of proposals is 17.00, 12th August 2022. 
  • By submitting a proposal, the author(s) consent(s) to present his/her/their work in person, thus attending the PHC(3).
  • It is not possible to change the presenting author or the list of authors, the list of affiliations or the proposal itself after having received the oral/poster decision of the PC.
  • All proposals will be evaluated by the PC with respect to the clarity of content, quality, and accuracy, relationship to the PHC topics.
  • The PC will evaluate the proposals as oral or poster contributions and will notify the submitters.
  • The PC decisions are final.
  • Accepted proposals will be printed in the form of a Book of Abstracts, in English and Italian, available for all participants at the conference.
  • After the conference, short articles will be evaluated for the PHC proceedings by the Scientific Committee (SC) with respect to clarity, relevance of outcomes, accuracy, scientific results, language. Submitters will be notified of the need for amendments before publication in the PHC proceedings, in the form of a digital book.
  • The outcome of this process is intended to be available by spring 2023. 
  • Peer reviewed full articles can be submitted to e-plastory, the online open access International Journal of Historic Polymeric Materials, Plastics Heritage and History.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Proposals evaluation – Programme Committee Chair Guenter Lattermann (
PHC Proceedings – Scientific Committee Chair Jake Kaner (
Full articles for e-plastory – Guenter Lattermann (

(1) Previous PHCs: 

  • Colonia 2009,
  • Bremen 2011,
  • Berlin 2014,
  • Berlin 2016,
  • Lisbon, 2019

(2) Historic polymeric materials (HIPOMS) comprise:

  • The large group of natural polymeric materials (amber, birch pitch, bitumen, natural rubber, gutta-percha, shaped protein materials, natural fibers, natural lacquers and varnishes, vegetable and animal glues, linoleum, shellac 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.

(3) In the event of “force majeure” – including, but not limited to war, civil authority or government regulations (quarantines and curfews), natural disasters, fire, strikes, (threats of) terrorist action, lock outs, accidents, blockade, import or export embargo, adverse weather, catastrophes, pandemic/epidemic, or any occurrence or act creating a significant risk to the author(s)’s health or safety – the author(s) consent to present his/her/their work virtually or prepare a pre-recorded presentation (audio & video recording) to be broadcasted in real-time during the PHC, at a date and time as specified in the programme schedule.

Presentation duration.

• Keynote presentations: 30 Mins
• Oral presentations: 20 Mins
• Poster presentation: 3 Mins

Proposal guidelines.

  • Proposals should be submitted in English only.
  • At submission, proposals should contain unpublished and original material, which has not been presented in any other meeting. It is not permissible to submit the abstract to another dissemination event that occurs before the PHC.
  • Make sure all the details are correct before you submit your proposal.
  • Authors are requested to indicate their preference for oral and/or poster presentation on the proposal submission form.

Proposal requirements.

  • Proposals should be sent electronically (as a Word file, Times New Roman, 11, single space) to the Programme Committee Chair Guenter Lattermann ( 
  • Max 250 words – 1500 characters
  • It should follow this format:
  • Title
  • Author(s)
  • A concise statement of the topic
  • A summary of the major conclusions
  • List 3 to 5 keywords.
  • The proposal should explain the topic of your presentation, and describe why it is important to the field.
  • Contain 3 to 5 references.
  • Please, indicate one of the above-mentioned congress topics for your contribution (numbers 1 to 9).

Author information.

  • The following information should be submitted for the author(s): First name, last name, affiliation, country, e-mail address.
  • Please submit a brief biographical statement for the book of abstracts (max 60 words).


You are invited to present your poster in a “Flash Talk session” in the auditorium.
  • Length: 3 PowerPoint slides in 3 Mins.

The posters will be exhibited in the venue hall during the whole congress. The presenters will stay with their posters during a poster session.

Your poster will be eligible to be considered for a possible PHEA Award. The Poster Award Ceremony will be held during the afternoon session of the 3d day of the PHC.


SizeWidth x Height (mm)Width x Height (in) 
A0841 x 1189 mm33.1 x 46.8 in

Please be aware that posters have the following  advantages:

  • You may much longer and more relaxed discuss with interesting people than within the few minutes at the session’s end after an oral talk in front of an auditory.
  • You will nevertheless be in the focus of the auditory during a 3 mins. flash presentation.
  • We are expecting to find sponsors for a Poster Award. Then, you will participate at the contest, having the chance to win one of the three prizes.
  • Publication in the congress proceedings or as a peer reviewed article in e-plastory, the international online Journal of Plastics history and Heritage, is like with an oral contribution.
  • You will particpate at one of the poster flash sessioins with a 3 mins. talk. 3 Power points (PP) at a maximum are recommended.
  • There are two presentation sessions/breaks, where your presence is mandatory.
  • The posters will be put on display from the first hour by yourself, according to your poster number in the programme. Poster panels and pin items are delivered by the organisers at the venue
  • Please consider the poster guidelines
  • The posters should not be printed out at the venue, but always before traveling.
  • The poster PP slides and the poster itself, is brought by the author to the conference (no sending in advance).
  • The PPs should be on a USB stick being transferable to the conference laptop (pay attention to your own Apple computers with respect to this).

Kartell Museo Poster Award

A four-member’s Jury will evaluate carefully all posters on display. During a ceremony in the Closing Session, the three first chosen posters will be handed over a certificate by Günter Lattermann, PHEA chairman, and the trophy amount (300.-, 200.-, 100.- €) by Elisa Storace, Kartell Museo.

The evaluation criteria are

  • Relevance to plastics heritage in general
  • Originality of the presented work
  • The work’s focus on its inherent topics
  • The clear presentation of the way, how results are obtained and interpreted towards a defined goal
  • The layout of the presentation

All oral and poster authors, further participants: Do not forget to register regularly for participation and to transfer your conference fees according to the registration conditions, both in due time:

Please download the form for the submission of proposals and send it to: and