The International Federation of the Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) came together for its 22nd Conference to share the latest findings in cosmetics research and development. This year, the Brazilian society warmly welcomed nearly 600 attendees from around the globe to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. From Oct. 30 through Nov. 1, 2013, workshops, conferences, poster sessions and social events joined some of the greatest minds in the industry.
Workshops and Opening Ceremony
The first day’s workshops ranged from discussions on worldwide harmonization, biodiversity and sustainability, and aromachology and ran concurrently with the exhibition. These led into the opening ceremony, where João Hansen, president of the Associação Brasileira de Cosmetologia (ABC), welcomed attendees with great joy to Brazil and expressed that only with the exchange of knowledge can the industry create, innovate and renovate. Jadir Nunes, president of the 2013 IFSCC conference, also greeted attendees "with open arms," paralleling the landmark Christ the Redeemer statue poised high above the city on Corcovado Hill.
Both noted how in the early 2000s, there were almost no Brazilian papers presented at IFSCC conferences but today, the event was being hosted by Brazil. This decision was made in 2008 during the IFSCC presidency of Johann Wiechers, PhD—for whom a new award was presented during the closing gala. In fact, the Brazilian society is now the fourth largest of the IFSCC, which is a reflection of the science being produced in the region. Their hope is that this is an example for other emerging countries. Finally, they stressed the importance of the industry listening to consumers because to product developers, cosmetics may be formulations but to consumers, cosmetics are confidence in themselves.
Also during the ceremony, Mauricio Guzman Alonso of Colombia-based Belcorp was awarded the 2014 Maison G. de Navarre Young Scientist prize for an essay he submitted to the society. This prize is granted each year to enable a cosmetic scientist under the age of 35 to attend an IFSCC event. “I want to thank the IFSCC for providing me this exciting opportunity,” said Alonso. “I am happy for this great recognition, and I thank my colleagues who have helped me. I also thank my parents, who supported me. … This [event] is a great opportunity to promote knowledge and technology.”
João Carlos Basílio, of the Brazilian Association of the Cosmetics, Toiletry and Fragrance Industry (ABIHPEC), then gave an overview of the Brazilian market; notably that it represents a 21% majority of the worldwide deodorant market. Following Basílio, attendees were entertained with a cultural show featuring traditional dances of Brazil and topped off the evening with a night cap at the cocktail party.