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2017 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

The format of the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting includes two distinct tracks – a Basic/NextGen Track geared toward young professionals and those looking for introductory level information about the cosmetics industry, and an Advanced Track for those interested in learning about cutting edge science, technologies and product innovations. There will be limited opportunities for podium presentations, as this new program will consist primarily of invited speakers. Any abstract not selected for a podium presentation will be eligible as a poster and/or tabletop in the exciting new Technology Showcase (a limited number of tabletops for exhibition will be available).

The Westin New York at Times Square


71st Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase
scheduled for December 11-12, 2017 is in a new location for the first time in decades!

By attending this year’s Annual Meeting, attendees will gain clarity and unique insight into the latest cosmetics research and trends, and receive up-to-the-minute guidance on the latest developments in the field. Learn from our experts the cutting-edge research driving the industry forward, best practices to navigate today’s regulatory environment, and come away with ideas on how to most effectively apply these findings in your work.

Be sure to register for the Annual Meeting first, then visit the Hotel page to secure your room at The Westin New York at Times Square where we have negotiated a phenomenal room rate of $299, a savings of $150 per night during the Holiday Season in the heart of New York City! (Another year at the Hilton Towers would have raised the room rate to $449).  It’s all the more reason to ensure that once you have registered for the Annual Meeting, you quickly reserve your room, as we expect the room block to fill quickly.


TWO Popular CEP Courses move to the Javits Center for NYSCC Suppliers’ Day

SCC National showcases two courses leading into NY Suppliers’ Day 2017 – On May 1, 2017 Cosmetic Formulations, a course instructed by Mark Chandler (ACT Solutions), will be perfect for anyone interested in the mechanics of designing a cosmetic formulation. From this course, attendees will obtain a  better understanding of Emulsion Theory, the Basics of Sunscreen, Preservation, Makeup, Hair Care, Cleanser Formulation and more!  In addition, NextGen Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry, instructed by Perry Romanowski (Brains Publishing), will also be offering a course on May 1st that is designed specifically with beginning cosmetic chemists in mind. However, Perry notes that the information presented will also be useful for QA chemists and seasoned veteran scientists who want to learn about other areas of formulations. By attending this course, attendees will receive an introduction to the industry, basic physiology of skin and hair, obtain formulation techniques, learn a few tools of the trade and be able to conduct Claims substantiation testing, among many other education tools.

Attendance to Suppliers’ Day is Free but pre-registration is required. Consider adding one of these CEP Courses to your agenda to enhance your event experience and supplement your education. [ READ MORE ]

Stresa Convention Centre Exterior

The 1st Intercontinental Personal Care Excellence Conference is a collaborative event between the SCC and the Italian Society of Chemistry and Cosmetological Sciences (SICC) with the endorsement of the Japanese Society. Gathering on the beautiful Lake Maggiore (Italy) at the Stresa Convention Centre, this event will open a wide window on the Cosmetic Science & Technology World!    [LEARN MORE]

Two half-day workshops are at the center of this event with the aim of training attendees on emerging scientific disciplines of interest to Cosmetologists.

  1. Molecular Biology and Gene Expression for the Cosmetic Chemist will be instructed by Howard Epstein, Ph.D. This course is designed for the cosmetic chemist to help them understand the very basic principles behind molecular biology, specifically selected biological markers, gene expression and relevance to cosmetic science
  2. Skin Lipids: Essential Role of Lipids on Skin Health will be instructed by Apostolos Pappas, Ph.D. His course will summarize and review the studies, ideas, and research that link lipid metabolism to the largest organ of our body, the skin.  From the fundamental biology of the skin to the major involvement of lipid synthesis and the bioactive lipids in this intriguing organ. All layers of skin will be discussed as well as their relevant lipids from the epidermis to dermis and even to the hypodermis.


CEP Courses help broaden the knowledge of SCC members and can provide hands on training  for professional development.CEP_SCCstories_3Visit to register for CEP