Papers & Workshops

2nd Conference on Product Lifetimes and the Environment, PLATE 2017

The Presenter Powerpoint template can be downloaded here: PLATE2017 Powerpoint template

The call for workshop proposals is now closed. We are looking forward to hosting a range of diverse and timely workshops during the conference. Workshops differ from conference sessions in that they are targeted to smaller audiences with a focus on audience participation and interaction (e.g. discussions, question and answer sessions and group work). Through these workshops we aim to provide new means for presenting and discussing research during the conference.

The conference proceedings will be published as a Thomson Reuters and Scopus-indexed e-book with IOS Press (Delft University Press). A selection of papers will be invited for a special issue in The Design Journal.

Submission deadlines

The deadline for final paper submissions was 9 June, 2017; and has been extended to 16 June.

Conference program

The conference program will be available on this website by the end of June. 


PLATE will embrace a multi-disciplinary perspective including design, geography, history, anthropology and culture, technology, business, economics, marketing, consumer behaviour, law and public policy. Contributions will address the following and related themes:

  1. Design for product longevity
  2. The role of product lifetimes in resource efficiency
  3. Product lifetimes optimization
  4. Cultural perspectives on the throwaway society
  5. Circular economy and product lifetimes
  6. Business opportunities, economic implications and marketing strategies
  7. Consumer influences on product lifetimes, including repair and reuse
  8. Policy, regulation and legislation

Possible topics are listed below.

Theme 1: Design for product longevity

  • Design principles and examples of best practice
  • Emotionally durable design (e.g. modular design)
  • User-centred design, co- and participatory design, design for behaviour change
  • Systems innovation and transitions theory
  • Evidence for and against planned obsolescence

Theme 2: The role of product lifetimes in resource efficiency

  • Critical materials and product lifetimes
  • Material flows, embodied carbon and climate change
  • Product lifetimes as resource efficiency

Theme 3: Product lifetime optimization

  • Measuring product longevity
  • Lifetime optimisation models, tools and techniques
  • Lifetime extension, energy efficiency and rebound effects
  • LCA and product lifetime assumptions
  • Internet of things as an enabler for product lifetime optimizatio

Theme 4: Cultural perspectives on the throwaway society

  • Disposability and the throwaway culture, historical perspectives on consumption and waste
  • Fashion and style obsolescence
  • Technological innovation and obsolescence
  • Material culture, user-object relationships, including product-user attachment
  • Social practices, grassroots innovation, community-based phenomena
  • Longevity and the quality of goods, sustainable luxury, product aesthetics

Theme 5: Circular economy and product lifetimes

  • Circular Product Design
  • Design for reparability, upgradability and modularity
  • Design for remanufacturing, design for refurbishment
  • Design for recycling, upcycling and bio-cycling
  • Exploring opportunities for additive manufacturing and local manufacturing
  • New forms of consumption and user experience in a circular economy

Theme 6: Business opportunities, economic implications and marketing strategies

  • Innovative business models, product-service systems, reverse supply chains
  • Product longevity as corporate social responsibility, sustainable procurement policies
  • Implications of increased product lifetimes for economic growth, the performance economy
  • Slow consumption, slow design, product replacement cycles
  • Product lifecycle management and life cycle costing
  • Communicating and marketing longevity, product lifespan labels

Theme 7: Consumer influences on product lifetimes including repair and reuse

  • Product replacement decisions, disposal behaviour, take-back schemes
  • Alternative ownership models
  • Repair and maintenance practices
  • Product life extension through reuse, repurposing and upcycling
  • Swapping, collaborative consumption and sharing, donating, second hand markets

Theme 8: Policy, regulation and legislation

  • Product policy, EU Eco-Design Directive
  • Durability, reparability and spare parts in EU Eco-labelling criteria
  • Product standards and protocols
  • Guarantees, consumer rights, after-sales services

Theme 9: Open theme

  • Topics relating to product lifetimes not addressed in other themes

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