International Meeting
Lisbon, May 29-31 2019

Call for Papers

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 (congress general theme), is the fifth in a series of international Plastics Heritage Conferences and will be held in Lisbon (29 – 31 May 2019), the capital city of Portugal at Museu da Farmácia.

This congress aims to address plastics history and heritage by encouraging papers that contribute to a deeper understanding of the socio-economic 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:

Historic polymeric materials (Hipoms) comprise:

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.

Proposal Guidelines

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 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 16-20 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 the peer-reviewed 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.

Proposal submissions

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 file) to Guenter Lattermann (, the chair of the programme committee or Maria Elvira Callapez (, co-chair.

Important dates (summary)

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
3 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

Registration fees

Type of fee Standard
Ends April 30
Stars March 3
Full 190 EUR 230 EUR
Concessionary 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.

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

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