71st Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase



Cosmetic science is a fascinating intersection of the disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology, physiology, and psychology. By integrating these fundamental areas, cosmetic science is able to advance our basic understanding of personal health and beauty. The application of cosmetic science continually drives innovation across a wide range of markets and product categories. Proudly, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, the oldest and largest non-profit organization serving the cosmetic and personal care community, has been at the forefront of cosmetic science since 1945.

This year, we’re delighted to convene the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting & Technology Showcase, the premier international forum presenting the latest in cosmetic science. Featuring more than 120 podium and poster presentations within 10+ topic areas, two full days promise something for everyone. Whether you are an early careerist, industry veteran, professor or graduate student, this year’s re-imagined meeting provides both an ADVANCED Track and Basic/ NextGen Track — from the fundamental basics to the most advanced innovations shaping the industry. These concurrent tracks will feature thought-leaders from across the industry and beyond. In addition to the two days of technical sessions, the Annual Meeting features two important Continuing Education events (The Safety Assessment as Tool for Global Compliance of Cosmetic Products and their Ingredients and Claim Substantiation For Cosmetic Products), a variety of networking events, and the Technology Showcase which will shine a light on the latest technologies moving the industry forward. The Annual Meeting provides ample opportunities for attendees to learn, reconnect with colleagues, engage with new business contacts, and build bridges across the vast intersection of cosmetic science. Over 1,000 professionals from 12 countries attend the Annual Meeting, representing the industry’s most prestigious corporate, government, and academic institutions.


Some highlights of what you can expect to learn this year include: utilizing microbiome and population data for skin health, applying genetics to beauty in skincare, the mind/body connection and cosmetics, virtual reality in cosmetics, the latest in sun care (via a roundtable discussion), extraction from sustainable sources and application in cosmetics, measuring hair damage and strategies to deliver healthy hair, and much more.


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).  The room block is now 80% booked! It's all the more reason to ensure that once you have registered for the Annual Meeting, you quickly reserve your room.

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Cosmetic scientists at any level of experience, including academic, industry and government practitioners, as well as Sales, Marketing, and Regulatory Professionals will benefit from this comprehensive meeting. Professionals on both the Finished-Goods side as well as the Supplier side will greatly benefit from this year’s expanded course offering.

Suppliers and Finished Goods Houses will want to take advantage of the opportunity to have a poster at the Technology Showcase. All Poster Presenters will be acknowledged as an Annual Meeting Sponsor!


The Podium Sessions and the respective presentation titles and authors are currently being finalized and will be posted in the coming weeks. A special thanks to our COSA Committee for their dedication in presenting the best science at this year's Annual Meeting. 

Anna Langerveld, Ph.D. 2017 Chair
Susan Daly, Ph.D. 2015-2017
Kelly Dobos, 2015-2017
Michael Fevola, Ph.D. 2016-2019
Valerie George, 2017-2020
Yulia Park, 2017-2020
Anjali Patil, Ph.D. 2015-2017
Smitha Rao, 2017-2020
Arvind Shah, 2015-2017