The main themes of the PHC include 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 (museums 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 final programme will be released on September 30th 2022.

Monday, 17 October 2022

08:00 Registration opening
09:00-09:30 Opening Session: Honorary CommitteeOpening Session: Honorary Committee (G. Cassese, M.P. Incutti, R. Paliotto, R. Marchese, R. Lori, G. Russo Krauss, B. Balbi, A. Tecce, S. Poser)
09:30-09:50 Introduction: Alice Hansen, OC-Chair
Hipom’s History
K1 09:50-10:20 Günter Lattermann (chair): "Noble Artificial Resins" – the coulourful, cast relatives of compression moulding phenol formaldehyde resins
O1 10:20-10:40 Elena Baum: The mystery of memorial medallions from the collections of the Polytechnic Museum (Moscow): to the history of one attribution
O2 10:40-11:00 Michela Varoli: Thermoforming as artistic technique between the Sixties and Seventies
11:00-11:15 Collective discussion
11:15-11:45 Coffee Break
Hipom’s Heritage
K2 11:45-12:15 Elisa Storace (chair): Visual communications in the promotion of Kartell products: the work of Centrokappa
O3 12:15-12:35 Maria Lörzel: “It’s just plastics” – Challenges preserving plastics in active use in build heritage
04 12:35-12:55 Mareike Stöber: Constructions in concrete – models in plastic. Measurement models made of GRP in the planning process of the shell builder Ulrich Müther.
12:55-13:10 Collective discussion
13:10-14:20 Lunch at Hotel Costantinopoli
Hipoms in Design, Art
K3 14:20-14:50 Jake Kaner (chair): The challenge of using historic casein plastic as a material for contemporary design.
O5 14:50-15:10 Luisa Mensi: Intervista con la materia by Enrico Prampolini, 1930. Oil, gloss household paint, sponge, cork and Galalith on board
K4 15:10-15:40 Heinz Stahlhut: Plastic as art material
O6 15:40-16:00 Chiara Schiarpitti: Making bioplastics in a deep ecology dimension.
16:00-16:20 Collective discussion
16:20-17:05 Poster flash presentation: posters 1-9; 11-15
17:05-18:00 All Authors at Posters 1-29,
Coffee Break
19:30 Cocktail at Hotel Costantinopoli

Tuesday, 18 October 2022

Hipoms in Conservation Science
K5 09:00-09:30 Maria João Melo (chair):
Cellulose nitrate and cellulose acetate in cultural heritage: a technological breakthrough for its sustainable preservation
O7 09:30-09:50 Christina Elsässer:
Assessment of the effectiveness of cool, cold, and frozen storage conditions for celluloid 3D objects through chemical analysis
O8 09:50-10:10 Anna Micheluz:
Protective or degradative? Assesment of the effectiveness of sorbent materials for the conservation of historical cellulose nitrate objects
O9 10:10-10:30 Isabella del Gaudio:
The problem of identifying rubber materials in conservation
10:30-10:50 Collective discussion
10:50-11:20 Coffee Break
O10 11:20-11:40 Francesca Modugno:
Modern heritage textiles: a multianalytical approach to investigate composition and degradation processes of synthetic high-fashion textiles from the Nanni Strada Design Studio archives
O11 11.40-12:00 Massimo Lazzari:
Plastic degradation in artworks: from traditional assessment to the application of surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)
O12 12:00-12:20 Dominque Scalarone:
Letraset dry transfer lettering: chemical characterization of a complex material
12:20-12:40 Collective discussion
12:50-14:20 Lunch at Hotel Costantinopoli
K6 14.20-14:50 Suzan de Groot, Margrit Reuss:
Identifying the world of plastics in the collection of the Tropenmuseum / National Museum of World Cultures in Amsterdam
O14 14:50-15:10 Francesca Sabatini:
A thermal analytical study on LEGO® bricks for investigating properties and light-stability of ABS
O15 15:10-15:30 Andrea Macchia:
Mattel’s Barbie: investigation of a symbol. Analysis of polymeric matrices and degradation phenomena of sixteen dolls.
O16 15:30-15:50 Ileana Longobardi:
Removal of altered paint on a contemporary work in polyurethane foam: the restoration of the Plart Foundation’s Capitello chair
15:50-16:00 Collective discussion
16:00-16:50 Poster flash presentation: Posters 10; 16–29
16:50-17:30 All Authors at Posters 1-29,
Coffee Break
18:00-18:45 Visit to the Plart Collection Showing of All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic (pre-booking required) Group 1 + 2
18:45-19:30 Visit to the Plart Collection Showing of All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic (pre-booking required) Group 3 + 4
20:00 Congress Dinner (pre-booking) at Restaurant Zi Teresa, Borgo Marinari

Wednesday, 19 October 2022

Hipoms in Applied Preservation/Restoration
K7 09:00-09:30 Brenda Keneghan (chair):
Plastics in Collections: A Personal Journey
O17 09:30-09:50 Stefani Kavda:
Conserving everyday objects made of plastic
O18 09:50-10:10 Ilaria Saccani:
The project Stories of Plastics: Case history, care and divulgation. Conservation strategies for plastic objects from museum and archive collections and divulgation of the relative socio-cultural value through target-oriented and transversal initiatives.
O19 10:10-10:30 Maria Giovanna Pastore Carbone:
Preventing colour fading in artworks with graphene membranes
10:30-10:55 Collective discussion
10:50-11:40 Coffee Break
O21 11.40-12:00 Vitězslav Knotek:
Assessment of Influence of Disinfectants on Motion Picture Film
O22 12:00-12:20 Luigi Campanella:
Photoelectrochemical Monitoring of Plastic Artefacts
O23 12:20-12:40 Alma Ortolan:
The conservation of a rubber lifeboat from WWII
12:40-13:00 Collective discussion
13:00-14:20 Lunch at Hotel Costantinopoli
Hipoms in Museums, Collections
K8 14.20-14:50 Silvia Garcia Fernandez-Villa (chair):
Culture and Plastic: A journey through 20th-century art
O24 14:50-15:10 Melissa David:
The Hoehme Archive: unraveling the potential of an artist’s materials collection for technological study and conservation
O25 15:10-15:30 Virginia Camela:
Beach finds, or the contemporary archeology of plastic materials
O26 15:30-15:50 Kirsten Hardie:
Flocked surfaces – the appeal and feel of tiny synthetic fibres
15:50-16:05 Collective discussion
16:05-16:10 Congress Summary: Jake Kaner
16:10-16:25 Poster Ceremony: Kartell Museo Award
16:25-16:40 Closing Session: Honorary Committee (G. Cassese, L. Nicolais, L. Campanella)
16:40-17:10 Farewell Coffee
17:30-19:30 Guided Tours (Reservation required)
17:30-19:15 PHEA Meeting (on special invitation), venue Hotel Costantinopoli 104
19:30 Cocktails at Made in Cloister, Church of Santa Caterina in Formiello


• Poster flash presentations at Monday or Tuesday will be 3 mins, with 3 PP max. each.
• The posters are on display during the whole congress.
• Mandatory authors’ presence during the two “All Posters’ Presentation Times”. 

Hipom’s Heritage
P1 Thais Biazoli de Olivera Letraset® and the history of transfer lettering
P2 Alma Ortolan Petroleum Industry Heritage: Handmade 3-Dimensional Polymeric Models
P3 Valentina Mombrini Study and restoration experiences during the Conservation of plastic materials Course organized by the Aldo Galli Fine Arts Academy at the ADI Design Museum
Hipoms in Museums, Collections
P4 Cristina Bargna The signs of wear and tear: How can we face the inevitable loss of plastic design heritage?
P5 Marco Calvi Celluloid glasses collections of Museo dell’Occhiale (Italy): the current state of degradation
P6 Serena Francone The collection of plastic heritage at the Museo delle Civiltà in Rome: bear witness to the immaterial
Hipoms in Conservation Science
P7 Lucrezia Barchi Investigation of emitted VOCs from museums display cases: a potential tool for plastics heritage conservation.
P8 Natalia Macro The slow transition from transmission FTIR to non-invasive analysis
P9 Luise Garner Identification of synthetic fibers in historic garments using ATR-FTIR spectroscopy
P10 Silvia Garcia Fernandez-Villa Affordable tests for the identification of film collections: a practical approach
P11 Sabrina Samela Quantification of the degree of substitution of cellulose acetate using a handheld Raman spectrometer
P12 Claudia Sensini Treating transparent plastics
P13 Hannah Cenusa Pesky Plastics: Investigating additive treatments for historic polyvinyl chloride and polyurethane objects in collections
P14 Valentina Pintus Towards the understanding of PVC and minced mutton meat ageing behavior in an Artwork by Dieter Roth
P15 Jiří Brožek Evaluation of degradation of PVC book covers
P16 Jitka Neoralová Identification of plastics used in bookbinding
P17 Eva Mariasole Angelin Plastics in computer heritage: investigation of Apple iBooks G3 Clamshell containing colored polyurethane elastomers
P18 Irene Bargagli An analytical non-invasive approach for studying the surface and sub-surfaces alteration of ABS based objects of cultural heritage
P19 Francesca Modugno Aerospace technology as part of our heritage: characterization of aircraft materials and study of their degradation processes by analytical pyrolysis
Hipoms in Applied Preservation/Restauration
P20 Alexandra Papis Artificial leather on the travel suitcases from the 1st half of the XX century
P21 Livia Marinelli Dealing with latex casts. The installation of Jorge Otero Pailos and its conservation issues
P22 Barbora Mašek Benetková The Impact of selected disinfectants on collodion light-sensitive layer
P23 Maja Subic PVCare project: Preventive conservation of historical poly(vinyl chloride)
P24 Alessandra Bassi Evocative surfaces: the painted transparency of Beverly Barkat. Conservation treatment and methodology on PVC fractures
P25 Eleonora Cervelli Studying and conserving an artwork made of thermoformed poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) sheets: the case of “Idrologia” (1968) by Emilio Villa, Silvio Craia, and Giorgio Cegna
P26 Barbara Intiso Graduation thesis based on restoration of polymethyl-methacrylate sculpture “struttura” (1968) made by Franco Cannilla
P27 Simona Morales Plastics in fashion collections. The contemporary designs of Cinzia Ruggeri: conservation issues and treatment approach of a multi-media collection
P28 Julia Sawitzki Robotic objects – material analysis and its impact on exhibition design and preventive conservation
P29 Sara Russo Gianni Colombo's polystyrene sculptures - The strutturazione acentrica series