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Plastic Texture


Understanding Dieter Roth’s POeMETRIE series

& the Age of Plastics

bridging Science and Art







The aim of this event is to bring together for the first time national and international professionals from different disciplines, such as the artists and scientists from conservation laboratories who work with modern-contemporary art to focus on the challenges related to art in the Age of Plastics, guided by a focus on the POeMETRIE series of Dieter Roth. We will examine and discuss the issues these works face, their relevance to plastic heritage in general, and how they reflect the evolution of the development of plastics.

The 2-day symposium will take place in presence; this call intends to encourage proposals for oral and poster presentations that would deepen the understanding of the following subjects:

  • Comprehension of materials and techniques involving plastic-based artistic objects, in particular the POeMETRIE series of Dieter Roth.

  • Ageing and Degradation mechanisms and conservation strategies for plastics in museum collections.

  • Plastic and technological development.

Instructions for authors and dates


From the 5th of April 2023 all contributions for oral and poster presentations must be submitted only via the conf.tool online registration system. (The maximum lenght of abstract, also including references, is of 1500 characters - including spaces, and up to 5 keywords must be considered. The insertion of figures in the abstract is NOT possible.)


  • Call for Abstracts: 5th April 2023

  • POSTPONED Abstract submission deadline: 31st May 2023  21st June 2023

  • POSTPONED Notification to authors: 30th June 2023 6th July 2023


How to register

From the 5th of April 2023 all partecipants to the symposium are required to register through the conf.tool online registration system.

In order to take advantage of the early bird registration fees then all the partecipants should consider to register in advance. Registration fees for Regular and Student participant include the i) access to the symposium, ii) lunches and coffee breaks, iii) symposium bags, and iv) social event. Registration fee for Accompanying participant include ONLY the i) access to the symposium and ii) social event.

Registration Fees*  (POSTPONED)

Partecipant Type




Social Dinner

Early Bird Registration
31st July 2023 )

€ 120.00

€ 40.00

€ 20.00

€ 25.00

Standard Registration
1st August 2023)

€ 180.00

€ 60.00

€ 35.00

€ 25.00

* If the cancellation of the registration has to be done, you get 80% back until 30 days before the start of the event. In all other cases, the financial responsibilities of the participants remain fully effective. The cancellation must be done using the conf.tool online registration system.

** A proof of the Student Status (undergraduate, graduate, and PhD Students ONLY) is mandatory consisting a confirmation letter from their institution to be included during the registration process.



  • Dr. Valentina Pintus
    Institute for Sciences and Technology in the Arts & Institute for Conservation and Restoration, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria
  • Prof. Carolin Bohlmann
    Institute for Conservation and Restoration, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria
  • MA. Paula Gassmann
    Institute for Conservation and Restoration, Academy   of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria
  • Dr. Ina Jessen
    Dieter Roth Hamburg Foundation, Germany
  • Assoc. Prof. Francesca Caterina Izzo
    Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
  • Dr. Marisa Pamplona Bartsch
    Conservation Science Department, Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany
  • Prof. Joana Lia Ferreira
    NOVA School of Science and Technology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Dr. Matija Strlic
    University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Slovenia
  • Prof. Yvonne Shashoua
    Environmental Archaeology and Materials Science, National Museum of Denmark, Denmark
  • MA. Maria Lörzel
    LVR-Amt für Denkmalpflege im Rheinland, Pullheim, Germany
  • Dr. Andrea Macchia
    YOCOCU, Youth in Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Rome, Italy




Aula, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

With the unique architecture of the house built by Theophil Hansen on Schillerplatz, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna offers an impressive historical setting and an unforgettable ambience. The building shines in new splendor after its general renovation since October 2021.

The Aula on the first floor offers the perfect setting for the symposium. A special highlight for everyone could also be a visit to the Picture Gallery with its highlights such as the Last Judgment Triptych by Hieronymus Bosch (1450/55-1516). 

  • Address: Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna

How to get there:

  • Underground: U1, U4 Karlsplatz

  • Tram: 1, 2, D, 71 - Station Oper/Burgring

  • Bus: 3a, 59a, 2a, 57a - Station Oper/Burgring

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