72nd Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase


Extend your Annual Meeting experience by attending an ALL Day or HALF Day Pre-Conference
event on Monday, December 10th:

ALL Day (Morning & Afternoon)
Coffee and Lunch provided

$410 - AOCS/SCC Members
$540 - Non-Members
$235 - SCC Junior/Student Members

HALF Day (Morning or Afternoon)
Coffee provided only

$225 - AOCS/SCC Members
$325 - Non-Members
$130 - SCC Junior/Student Members

Seminars Available Include: 


1) Analysis & Cosmetic Use of Natural Oils  

Monday, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

The use of natural oils continues to grow exponentially in all areas of the personal care market. This half-day seminar, jointly hosted by the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) and the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), aims to help cosmetic chemists select the most efficacious and authentic oils for your formulation while meeting today's marketing needs for natural and storied ingredients.

Presentations will focus on natural oil attributes such as fatty acid distribution, unsaturation, oxidative stability, and unsaponifiables and how these various attributes affect performance in personal care formulations. Additionally, presentations will discuss the marketing impact and appeal of natural oils as related to cosmetics and personal care. Speakers will include subject matter experts from both the AOCS and the SCC, and the final speaker list will be released in the fall.

  • Unsaturation” and “Oxidative Stability” in relation to natural oils. -- Bingcan Chen, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor (North Dakota State University)
  • Carbon Distribution and Unique Components of Natural Oils.” -- Jill Moser, Ph.D.; Lead Scientist, Functional Oil Research (United States Department of Agriculture, ARS, NCAUR)
  • Actives” in natural oils. -- William Younggreen; Manager, USA and Canada, Edible Oil Systems (Alfa Laval)
  • Market Appeal of Natural Oils and Butters” and “Formulating with Natural Oils and Butters for Personal Care”. -- Dawn Thiel; Business Director (Beraca International North America)

2) Introduction to Surfactants 

Monday, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

This is an introductory short course on surfactants, which will introduce participants to basic concepts required to establish surfactant structure-property-performance linkages for optimized applications in cosmetic and personal care applications. The course will build a basic understanding of key aspects of surfactant chemistry/structure, discuss self-assembly in surfactant systems including highlighting properties of some of the key surfactant microstructures encountered in personal care products such as wormlike micelles, lamellar gel phases etc. In addition, the course will highlight characterization requirements that will allow insights into key performance controlling properties such as interfacial and rheological properties which have direct impact on functional as well as sensory performance.

    Instructor, Samiul Amin, Ph.D.
    Professor Samiul Amin, Ph.D. is currently Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Manhattan College. He also holds an Adjunct Associate Professorship at Long Island University, School of Pharmacy. Prior to joining academia in March 2018, Prof. Amin has worked in industry for the past 20 years working across Engineering, R&D and Innovation Management in global multinationals such as ExxonMobil, Unilever, L’Oréal and Malvern Instruments in Asia, Europe and the US. Prof. Amin’s expertise is in colloids & complex fluids, rheology, tribology, advanced characterization and formulation design of personal care, homecare and biopharmaceutical products. Prof. Amin’s research at Manhattan College is focused on formulation design and performance optimization of cosmetic and homecare products based on novel sustainable materials such as biosurfactants and biopolymers. Prof. Amin has significant number of scientific publications/patents/book chapters in the area of complex fluids, rheology and cosmetic and biopharmaceutical formulations. He has served on scientific committees of multiple national and international societies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and has Chaired and Co-Chaired multiple International Conferences and Workshops.


    3) GMO: A Primer for the Personal Care Industry  

    Monday, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM 

    A half-day seminar, jointly hosted by the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) and the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC). This event aims to provide a broad overview of the GMO issue, both in terms of its application to cosmetics and personal care, as well as lessons we can learn from the food industry.

    Program to include:

    Moderator: Roseann Termini; Food & Drug Law Attorney and Professor (Widener University)

    Organizer and Co-Moderator: Stanley Milstein Ph.D.; Principal (Milstein & Milstein Associates); Adjunct Professor of Cosmetic Science (James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati)

    • History of GMO” and “Consumer Perception – Food Industry” – Michael Stebbins; Director of External Engagement (Council for Biotechnology Information)
    • GMO: Supply Chain and the Impact on the Triple Bottom Line of Sustainability” - Giorgio Dell’Acqua, Ph.D.; Scientist and Consultant (Dellacqua Consulting)
    • “Legal & Regulatory” issues surrounding GMO – Roseann Termini
    • Testing for GMO” – Craig Weiss; Co-CEO and President (Consumer Product Testing Company)
    • Understanding the INCI Nomenclature on Recombinant Proteins” – Mindy S. Goldstein, Ph.D.; Owner (Mindy S. Goldstein, Ph.D. Consulting)
    There will be a panel discussion at the end of the program with questions and comments from the audience.