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From Theory to Practice: A New Way Forward for the IFSCC
By: Johann W. Wiechers, PhD, et al.
Posted: October 21, 2008
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2. The IFSCC will change the award structure to reflect this change in emphasis. Instead of an IFSCC Conference Award that honors the most prestigious paper presented at an IFSCC Conference, three new awards to be installed honor: a) the best practical presentation of the Conference, giving younger scientists whose focus tends to be more practical a greater chance of winning; this award will be called the IFSCC Best Practice Award; b) the best presentation of the Host Society, stimulating the development of cosmetic science in the country where the Conference is being held; this award will be called the IFSCC Host Society Award; and c) the best review paper presented at the Conference, stimulating the more experienced cosmetic scientists to also attend IFSCC Conferences and share their knowledge with the younger generation; this award will be called the IFSCC Review Award.
3. The educational workshops that were started in 2005 and repeated in 2007 will continue to exist and should give all members attending an IFSCC Conference a good opportunity to update their knowledge in a new field. The IFSCC will pay for the travel and accommodation of its workshop leaders.
4. The Maison G. de Navarre Young Scientist Prize that is now awarded for the best essay in one of five subjects on cosmetic science will remain the same during odd-numbered years. This winner will still attend the next IFSCC Conference; however, during the Conference, a newly formed committee will also judge which presentation from a young cosmetic scientist was the best and this individual will receive free entrance, flight and accommodations to the next Congress as well.
5. These changes should start at the next Conference in 2009 to be held in Melbourne, Australia.
These drastic measures will ensure that IFSCC Conferences are not only attended by experienced cosmetic scientists including IFSCC Award winners who generally discuss only cutting-edge cosmetic science. As a Federation, the IFSCC needs to ensure that the younger generation also attends IFSCC Conferences, where they can learn from and meet the more experienced individuals in the industry. This will educate and stimulate them, preparing them for the future when those experienced colleagues will retire. It will also position them to become industry experts of the future, the lifeblood of the industry.