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Highlights from the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase

Revisit SCC72 through these photos

We are delighted to have hosted one of the most successful conferences on cosmetic science education in all of 2018, where we welcomed 1,300 cosmetics and personal care professionals from 16 countries. During the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase, the Society not only provided invaluable technical information but we also provided a platform for over 70 raw material suppliers, testing laboratories and other services. 

“The Society has come a long way since 1945, but we are not done. We’re always working to grow and better serve this fantastic community of formulators, marketers, suppliers, academics and regulators…This year’s Annual Scientific Meeting will provide an opportunity to engage with the content and speakers, exchange ideas with peers, and reconnect with colleagues from around the globe! ” – rallied 2018 SCC President Perry Romanowski.


This year’s Annual Meeting featured a phenomenal lineup of Keynote Speakers who led the way with thought provoking addresses that stimulated a spirit of innovation. It began on Tuesday, Dec. 11th with Dr. Charles Spence (Oxford University), our Frontiers of Science Lecturer sponsored by Cosmetics & Toiletries, who delivered an exciting presentation that stressed the importance of utilizing all 5 senses to sell personal care products. His talk touched on topics of Neuroscience and its relation to consumer perception and the sensory experience. 

The next morning, Wednesday, Dec. 12th we invited a speaker to the stage who didn’t present technical information but provided something just as important, a discussion on leadership and team building. Brian Riggs (Dialouge Shop) delivered an address on what is needed in today’s organization: a new type of leader. One that understands them self, understands their team and can inspire their team through a shared purpose.

Later that afternoon we welcomed Dr. Michael McAlpine (University of Minnesota), our Henry Maso Lecturer sponsored by Siltech and The Maso Family. Dr. McAlpine presented on the idea that the ability to three-dimensionally interweave biological and functional materials could enable the creation of devices possessing unique and compelling geometries, properties, and functionalities. 

 We want to give a special thanks to our Keynote Speakers for helping us raise the bar on the level of science presented at this year’s event.


The science continued with a number of remarkable podium presentations that catered to knowledge seekers hunger for the latest research on Cosmetic Science. Chris Sayner (Croda, International Plc) talked about polyester chemistry and it’s application in cosmetics and personal care today. More importantly, what a future of biodegradable ingredients could look like! In the presentation by Jennifer Cookson (MotherDirt), she describes the approaches to formulating “biome-friendly” products, including technical challenges, innovations, and the application of green chemistry. These and many others were well received technical presentations presented at the Annual Meeting.


Then there was the Cocktail Reception. An additional two hours of Poster/Tabletop displays combined with a relaxing networking environment. We’re happy to have provided a space for attendees to Engage, Exchange and Reconnect. Not to mention, have a little fun!


Before the Annual Meeting concluded, we issued a number of awards to previous speakers, supporters of the Society and research paper authors. We would like to congratulate the following winners presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting:

  1. Anthony O’Lenick  – Siltech; receives the Maison G. deNavarre Award
  2. Amy Wyatt – Chanel; receives the SCC Merit Award
  3. Chaz Hudak – Estee Lauder Companies; receives this year’s Green Star Award for his green formulation, AVALON ORGANICS® Moisturizing Coconut Conditioner
  4. Estelle Loing – Lucas Meyer Cosmetics; receives the Shaw Mudge Award for the best paper presented at the preceding Annual Scientific Meeting: Innovative Hair Care Biomimetic Peptide: A Promising Solution to Fight Gray Hair
  5. Jennifer Marsh – P&G Beauty; receives the Hans A. Schaeffer Award for the most innovative paper presented before the membership: Measuring Hair Damage & Strategies to Deliver Healthy Hair
  6. Ratan Chaudhuri – Sytheon Ltd.; receives this year’s Society of Cosmetic Chemists Award for the Best Paper making the greatest scientific contribution to the knowledge in the field of protecting against or ameliorating damage to human skin caused by exposure to UV radiation: Delayed DNA Damage – How Significant is this Pathway for Skin Damage?
  7. Arvind Shah – Micro Powders, Inc.; receives the Allan B. Black Award for the best paper on make-up technology: Learnings of Fundamental Properties of the Fine Powders in Cosmetics
  8. Xin Qu – Ashland; receives this year’s Des Goddard Award for the Most Innovative Paper on the topic of Polymer Science related to Cosmetics or Personal Care, published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science Vol. 69 No. 1: The Rheological and Skin Sensory Properties of Cosmetic Emulsions: Influence of Thickening Agents


We are happy to have had this opportunity to host another fantastic Annual Meeting. Thank you so much to our sponsors, an event of this magnitude would not have been possible without their generous contributions.

 The Sheraton New York Times Square for the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase December 17-18, 2019