What topics are the focus of PLATE 2019?

To clarify the scope of the conference we would like to phrase a number of questions. There is also a structured list of topics.

  • What exactly are product lifetimes and how can they be measured, calculated or estimated? How does/should one determine initial product longevity (at the design stage, before products fail in the market)?
  • How are different product lifetimes affecting environment and society? What are the environmental or sustainability effects of shortened or prolonged product lifetimes?
  • How should one design to produce durable and longer lasting products?
  • How can changes in use patterns and business models contribute to promoting longer product lifetimes? E.g. when is a focus on higher use intensity even more important than a longer lifetime?
  • How do alternative consumption practices, like repair, DIY, 3D-printing and collaborative consumption, contribute to longevity?
  • Counterarguments and controversy welcome: when is an extension of product lifetimes neither good for the environment, for the society, for the customer or for the manufacturer? In which research fields or business sectors is a focus on product lifetimes meaningful?

Reviewing process and publication notes

Abstracts will be reviewed in a double-blind peer review process. The review panel will propose assignment to oral presentation sessions and poster sessions. All contributors – to oral presentations and poster sessions alike – will have to submit a short paper after acceptance to be included into the conference proceedings. These will be distributed online before the conference. All contributors will also be invited for special issues in acknowledged journals after the conference.

Already submitted contributions can be found in the conference platform ConfTool.

Oral presentation sessions

The presentation sessions will take the form of 30-minute time slots throughout the conference, allowing roughly 25 minutes per presentation.

Poster session

Posters are equally as valuable as oral presentations and will receive the same publication possibilities. To promote poster interaction, a 90-minute slot will be reserved to allow short “elevator pitch” presentations for each poster. This will be followed by the “traditional” format of a poster session, where the poster presenters will be in direct discussion with conference participants in front of the posters.


The Conference Committees has now started to review proposals for workshops at the PLATE 2019. The workshop slots have a length of 90 minutes and should provide in interactive format to discuss broader issues, new trends or innovative ideas concerning Product Lifetimes And The Environment. Please send your ideas in the form of an abstract until 25 February 2019 to, covering the following aspects:

  • Organizers (name and affiliation)
  • Title
  • Objectives and content
  • Relevance to the conference topic(s)
  • Format, type of interaction and expected participants

Important dates

  • Deadline for the submission of abstracts was January 21, 2019.
  • Acceptance of proposals will be announced at the end of April, 2019
  • The Preliminary Programme will be published on May 20, 2019
  • Conference registration opens May 20, 2019
  • End of early bird registration June 30, 2019
  • Final papers due by June 30, 2019

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  • Actual conference registration starts in May 2019, with the release of the preliminary programme
  • The reduced early bird fee will be 580 € (PhD-Students 450 €), incl. all lunches, daytime refreshments and evening events

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