“The high level of speakers and the session topics are driving people to register,” asserted Smith. “For example, sun care and the microbiome are hot topics as well as global topics.”
Both subjects will be on the docket when the Congress gets underway on October 30. Other subjects that will be addressed from the podium include delivery systems and cosmetic vehicles, biomimicry, regulatory compliance, sustainability, skin biology and hair care technology.
The last time the US hosted an IFSCC Congress was 12 years ago, also at Walt Disney World.
“I understand that the 2004 set the gold standard for the way an IFSCC Congress should be run,” observed Smith.
Luckily, for attendees, the IFSCC Organizing Committee has secured hotel room rates that are actually lower than the 2004 Congress! The Committee includes Chair Guy Padulo, Bob Lochhead, Colleen Rocafort, Amy Wyatt, Doreen Scelso and Smith.
Attendees will be getting a bargain, as well as lot more bang for their buck, starting with eight keynote speakers who include:
• Carl Haney, executive vice president, global R&D, corporate product innovation, package development, The Estée Lauder Companies
• Robert Sayre, Ph.D., owner, Rapid Precision Testing Laboratories. His presentation is: “Sunscreens fail in less than two hours outdoors in sunlight and fail to prevent skin cancer.”
• Catherine Ehrenberger, vice president, R&D and quality assurance, Amway Corporation. Her presentation is ‘Just Between You and Me’ – R&D in the World of Direct Selling.”
• Paul Anastas, Ph.D, director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University.
• Josh Ghaim, Ph.D, chief scientific officer, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies. His presentation is: “Unleashing Innovation through External Collaborations – Is Your Organization Ready?”
• Roger Hanlon, Ph.D, senior scientist, marine biology laboratory, Brown University. His presentation is: “Nature’s cosmetics champion: rapidly changeable pigmentary and structural coloration patterns in cephalopods.”
• Julia Oh, Ph.D., assistant professor, Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. Her presentation is: “The host, its microbes, and disease: the landscape of the human skin microbiome.”
• Guive Balooch, Ph.D., global vice president of L’Oréal Technology Incubator. His presentation is: “Cosmetics has no borders.”
In addition to getting more for their money, attendees will be getting something entirely new, too, at the Innotech – Connect Zone. Described as an entirely new concept in conjunction with the Congress’ exhibition, this will provide attendees with the opportunity for collaboration and absorption of new research so as to provide added value to the overall Congress experience. Connect Zone comes in the form of two new activities; Innotech Speed Dating– a 10 minute dynamic tech transfer where academic research from outside the industry is brought to light and the innovation presentations which highlight important supplier innovations are discussed; and Podium Presenter Corner– where the podium discussion continues, offering an opportunity for a more intimate interaction including a Q & A session.
According to IFSCC organizers, Connect Zone provides exhibitors an opportunity to showcase important innovations in a staged dynamic format where attendees will be even more encouraged to visit exhibition booths. Attendees will be invited to vote for the “most innovative” and “highest potential industry application.” Each vote will give attendees a chance to win prizes, too.
The Social Network
Of course, being on the Disney property, there will be plenty of other forms of excitement. It all gets underway on Sunday October 30 with golf and tennis tournaments and a fun run. Later, the Opening Ceremony, “with a South Beach feel,” will give attendees a chance to mingle with one another and interact with Mick Mouse and specially-created characters for the IFSCC Congress.
On Monday, October 31, IFSCC Congress attendees will enjoy a private party at Epcot’s World Showplace. The entertainment, “Experience America” will enable attendees journey to various parts of the continental USA and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of each distinctive area from the Streets of San Francisco to the New York State of Mind. Afterward, attendees will enjoy desserts and coffee and have a private viewing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. Next, attendees will enjoy the G-Force of Mission Space to the acceleration thrills of Test Track and the highs of Soarin!
The closing banquet, on Nov. 2, will include a Disney “Broadway” style group of singers that will celebrate the American spirit of adventure and innovation. In between, there will be an assortment of unique acts from around the globe showcasing the diversity of our members, from African drummers to Irish tap dancers. After dinner, attendees and guests will be escorted to a very special “Club IFSCC,” a cutting edge contemporary nightclub. The night, and the Congress, wraps up at 2am.
It’s a big undertaking, to be sure, but Smith is confident the organizing committee has the IFSCC Congress well in hand.
“Right now, everything is going exactly as planned,” he told Happi. “We want people to come for the science but we want them to enjoy the networking opportunities, too. An IFSCC Congress only happens every two years. It is an opportunity to bring the global cosmetics industry together.” •