News

  • 2013
  • XIII Plastination Workshop in Murcia, Spain December 10 -13, 2013
    It is our pleasure to inform you of the XIIIth Edition of our Plastination Courses in Murcia, Spain December 10-13, 2013. The basic principles of silicone plastination (S10 Technique) will be held on December 10-11, and sheet plastination (P40 and E12 Techniques) will be held on December 12-13. The two workshops will offer a unique opportunity of hands on experience. The Pre-registration is now open.Please visit the following link to get access into the Preliminary
    program and Pre-registration on-line system at: http://www.um.es/anatvet/curso-plastinacion.php.

  • Membership Database Being Updated
    The ISP membership database is being updated. As an ISP member you must have received an email requesting update of your information. The database is housed at the GroupSpace so we encourage ISP members to sign up for an account in GroupSpace to access the database. The access is restricted to ISP members only..

  • Conference Photos of Past Conferences
    If you have photos of past conferences of the ISP and would like to share with the new plastinators we will post them online. Recently we received two photos from the meetings in Australia and Trois-Riviere, Canada.. The photos are available at the ISP website in the Meetings/Conference Photos page.

  • Plastination Workshop at Dalian, P.R.China August 12-17, 2013
    The workshop will be hosted by Dalian Hoffen Base and the co-organizer is Dalian Medical University and Dalian Jinshitan Mysteries of Life Museum. The workshop provides the basis of the silicone plastination, and sheet plastination techniques such as fixation, dissection of human body specimens, and covers the main steps of plastination technique such as dehydration, degreasing, forced impregnation and curing. Click here for more information.

  • Plastination Worshop in Toledo, Ohio, USA - July 22-25, 2013
    The Laboratory of Plastination of University of Toledo, College of Medicine, will be hosting a workshop on Silicone and Sheet Plastination Technique. The hands-on workshop will cover the basic principles of Silicone, Polyester (P40) and Epoxy (E12) techniques. A website of the workshop will be available soon. Click here for more information.

  • 2012
  • Plastination Workshop in Murcia, Spain December 11 -14, 2012
    It is our pleasure to inform you of two plastination workshops delivered in English and Spanish to be held in December 2012. The basic principles of silicone plastination (S10 Technique) will be held on December 11-12, 2012. Sheet Plastination (P40 and E12 Techniques) will be held on December 13-14, 2012. The two workshops will offer an unique opportunity of hands on experience. Program schedule and registration forms are available at the following website:

  • International Conference on Plastination (ICP2012) - Impressions of Prof. D Gareth Jones, University of Otago - I found myself in an interesting position at ICP 2012 in Beijing, since while I have a considerable interest in many aspects of plastination, I have no expertise in the technical aspects of it. I was therefore what one might describe as a committed onlooker, especially since I had been a strong supporter of the development of plastination in its early days at the University of Otago. It has been a joy to see the manner in which it has flourished there, not only in teaching but also in a fascinating array of research projects. The same applies to its development across so many countries and departments. The scope of the topics and papers was considerable pointing to the way in which plastination has matured both technically and also educationally. The scene was set by the plenary addresses varying as they did from ethical and educational issues in anatomy and plastination to technological insights into the plastination process. These were backed up by many illustrations of the numerous ways in which the uses of plastination throw light on anatomical structure and relationships. The scope was broadened by discussion of histopathology solvent recycling, the way in which plastination can be combined with online modules in anatomy education, sheet plastination, three-dimensional reconstruction of anatomical structures using plastinated sections, and the use of plastination in community outreach. Plastinated bodies exhibitions were touched on in a variety of ways, including a survey of young people to investigate their perceptions of them, while exhibitors provided ample insight into their products in this and other ways. The workshops were by all accounts a great success. I cannot comment on these since I was not present at them. But they were referred to on many occasions and quite clearly had elicited considerable interest. They were the end result of concerted preparation over a period of 2 years or so, and it is to be hoped that the workshops will remain a vital part of most future conferences. One concern I came away with were the difficulties experienced in some countries. I am thinking particularly of African countries, where there is not the money to undertake plastination themselves nor to purchase plastinated material. This presents a major challenge for the plastination, and more generally, the anatomical community. It is fine for us to say what a wonderful technique this is, but we need to be aware that many of our colleagues are denied it. While I am not suggesting there is an easy answer, the Society for Plastination is the only group able to address this problem. ICP 2012 provided a forum at which matters like this, as well as more general ethical ones, could be brought into the open, mainly because it attracted such a cross section of colleagues from a diversity of countries. Its value will be shown over the coming months and years as the many lessons learned are applied in our departments.

  • 2011
  • Plastination Workshop in Murcia, Spain December 13 -16, 2011
    It is our pleasure to inform you of two plastination workshops delivered in English and Spanish to be held in December 2011. The basic principles of silicone plastination (S10 Technique) will be held on December 13-14, 2011. Sheet Plastination (P40 and E12 Techniques) will be held on December 15-16, 2011. The two workshops will offer an unique opportunity of hands on experience. Program schedule and registration forms are available at the following website: