Submit a Proposal for 2021

Are you interested in becoming a speaker at the Plastic Free World Conference in Cologne on the 16th & 17th of June 2021?

Our call for speakers is now open – submit your details below if you would like to be considered. The deadline for submissions is Friday the 23rd of April.

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Submission Guidelines

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday 23rd of April

The Organisers of The Plastic Free World Conference invite presenters to submit speaking proposals for the event’s conference, to be held on the 16th & 17th June 2021.

We encourage proposals from speakers with deep technical and practical expertise in all aspects of plastic waste reduction to submit an entry.


We are accepting any relevant proposals that may involve, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Advanced Technologies
    • Including topics such as new concepts in technology development, plastic and biomaterial markets and future rollout, intellectual property, new methods of advanced material design and manufacturing (Additive manufacturing, Machine Learning)
  • Advanced Materials
    • Including topics such as next-generation materials, bio-based alternatives, renewable or recycled sources, vegan alternatives, plastic alternatives
  • Recycling, Recovery & Tracing Technologies
    • Including topics such as chemical recycling, waste to energy, blockchain applications, AI, IoT, Ocean/ open environment recovery technologies and end-of-life solutions, EPR
  • Material Production Technologies
    • Including topics such as raw material production and securing stable supply chains, feedstock production, developments needed to meet projected future demands
  • Industry Outlook
    • Including topics such as current legislative landscape, possible drivers for change including industry pressure, consumer behavior trends, changes in legislation and cost


Individual Presentations – 20-MINUTES

Individual talks are 20-minute presentations explaining recent innovations, research, and findings. These individual talks will each be followed by a short 5-minute Q&A and will be grouped together by topic.

Panel Discussion – 30-MINUTES

Panel discussions provide an analysis of broad industry trends from a variety of angles. These discussions will begin with the moderator providing an overview of the topic, then each panelist will give a short introduction to themselves and their area of topic expertise. The moderator will then move to open discussion with prepared questions and questions from the attendees. If you propose a panel discussion, be prepared to serve as moderator and invite speakers from around the industry. A list of prospective speakers or speaker companies should be included in the proposal.


  • Talks that reveal new ways of thinking about and applying technologies to the plastics debate
  • Talks that feature content never seen before and not available online, but has been created specifically for this event
  • Real-world examples that show a novel application of technology or illustrate a solution to a technical challenge in an end product, including a detailed discussion of the trade-offs and choices made
  • Talks that engage the audience in a highly creative or interactive way
  • Legislative talks discussing current and possible future laws governing the production and management of plastic and its alternatives

In general, we look for speakers who are willing to share their knowledge to help design and innovation continue and grow. Proposals that aim to market a specific company or product will not be considered.


Proposals must be submitted by Friday the 23rd of April 2021 through this electronic portal or by emailing Seb Sbuttoni directly – All individuals who submit a proposal will be contacted and advised of the status of their submission. If selected to speak, all presenters will be required to submit a PowerPoint presentation in PDF form at least one month in advance of the event to ensure guidelines are met.

For more information about attending the event, please visit:

If you have any questions, please contact Seb Sbuttoni via [email protected]


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