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Call for papers : FUTURE TALKS 017, Munich, october 2017

FUTURE TALKS 017 , The silver edition

Duration: October 11 to 13, 2017 

Organiser: Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum 

Location: Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany 

Cal for papers, deadline : aprils 30th


With the international renowned biennal conference FUTURE TALKS we succeeded in establishing a groundbreaking platform to discuss and exchange experiences in the conservation of modern materials. The quality of FUTURE TALKS is and should always be related to a deeper understanding of technologies and materials used and to the pragmatism of finding appropriate conservation strategies to prolong the life span of design objects.
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After an overwhelming response to our last four FUTURE TALKS conferences (2009 – 2015) with almost 900 participants from 25 nations we are eagerly looking forward to our 5th anniversary: The Silver Edition – the FUTURE TALKS 017 conference!

FUTURE TALKS 017 will be yet another extensive three day congress on international research projects and case studies both on active conservation treatments of modern materials in design and modern art and on related material and technology science.


In 2016 our museum has bought the FUTURO house, designed 1968 by the Finnish architect Matti Suuroonen. From May 2017 on, this UFO-like mobile home will be presented at the outdoor area of the Pinakothek der Moderne for one year. An accompanying programme highlights different perspectives dealing with visions in design.

Given the highly visionary potential of the FUTURO house, a broad range of exciting and interesting topics opens up for FUTURE TALKS 017!

Accordingly FUTURE TALKS 017 is focussing on the evolution and role of new technologies and conservation practices, the visions and innovations both in the fields of investigation and research and its practical application.

Recent advancement in this field regarding technology, design and production processes of modern materials, new and innovative treatment methods for degrading plastics as well as current research and ongoing projects will be presented. During the three day conference experts from all over the world will share their experiences and knowledge in this field.

Knowing very well that the conservation of modern materials is not only limited to design objects, a part of the programme is dedicated to conservation projects on modern and contemporary works of art.

Social events and opportunities to visit local conservation studios, research labs, plastic producers and design studios will accompany the conference programme.

The conference and the associated publication will be in English language.

The detailed conference programme and further information on fees and registration will be posted by mid-May 2017.


Conservation Department I Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (

Die Neue Sammlung houses the world’s largest and most important collection of industrial design. The large number of objects reflects the technologies and materials developed in the course of the 20th and 21st century, attesting in particular to the use of plastics. However, unlike most traditional materials these are subject to a dynamic ageing process and after only a short time often already bear irreversible traces of their age. Corresponding types of damage can hardly be reconciled with the respective designer’s original intentions and are often problematic in terms of conservation. Since its founding in 2002, the Conservation Department has become an important hub for the conservation and maintenance of modern design objects, through research into the deterioration and preservation of the collections, the development of new conservation processes and the knowledge of its original technology. It also plays an active role in networking and information sharing and takes part in national and international research projects in the conservation of design.

Beyond the participation at international conferences with numerous lectures on the conservation of plastics we hold lectureships at the University College of London (UCL) in Doha, Qatar and the Technische Universität in Munich (TUM).

Both knowledge and network expanded to FUTURE TALKS – an international platform initiating an intensive and profound discourse on practical conservation treatments of modern materials.

The Conservation Department of Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (


Tim Bechthold [Dipl.Rest.Univ.]

Head of Conservation

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum

Conservation, restauration et art contemporain

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