Fanfare, music and a few formalities closed out the 2016 IFSCC Congress, along with the announcement of this year's big winners. See more photos in our Facebook coverage of the event.
Among many others, Guy Padulo, IFSCC 2016 Chair, thanked the organizing committee for hours of hard work and planning for this year's impressive event. He recognized Fujihiro Kanda, Ph.D., of Shiseido and chair of the science committee, along with other scientific committee members for reviewing hundreds of paper and poster submissions, and bringing forth a highly respected podium lineup.
Philippe Auderset, Ph.D., scientific consultant bei SPCA, passed the IFSCC presidential gavel and flag to incoming president Amy Wyatt, of Chanel, who promised to fly the flag with pride. Claudie Willemin, of L'Oréal, was presented with a certificate of appreciation for outstanding service, and rotated off the praesidium into her new role as science editor for IFSCC Magazine.
Four winners were presented for their highly esteemed work at the previous and current IFSCC Congress. Cosmetics & Toiletries congratulates the big winners:
John Jimenez, of Belcorp Colombia, received the Henry Maso Award for his work presented at the previous IFSCC Congress on eye tracking as a complementary tool in the product development process. His team found that consumer responses to given stimuli were related with specific eye movements that changed according to the coherence between the olfactory profile and its given name. Read more here.
Damien Velleman, of Nihon L'Oréal, won the Basic Research Award for his paper on translating the human hair surface state into sound. His presentation, for example, showed how smooth and healthy hair could be translated to the sweet, gliding sound of a harp.
Rainer Voegeli, of DSM, was presented the Applied Research Award for his paper about the presence of essential and non-essential stratum corneum proteases and the need for protease inhibitors.
Finally, Tomonobu Ezure, Ph.D., accepted the award for Best Poster. His work presented the sweat gland as a unique target for anti-aging skin care, in conjuction with the discovery of a novel skin aging mechanism: "dermal cavitation." Previously, he wrote for Cosmetics & Toiletries on facial fat as an anti-aging target.
This year, the IFSCC also recognized the top ten poster finalists, but there could be only one winner.
In celebration of the accomplishments of all the scientists present, and the industry in general, the closing gala feature acrobatic stunts, humorous skits and a multitude of musical performances representing cultures from around the world. The evening rolled into the wee hours of the next morning with "Club IFSCC" for those with enough energy remaining, or not mandated to rise early to fly out the next day.
All in all, it was a very successful event, with some 1,500 pre-registered attendees on the books, 300+ posters, 74 podium presentations and 130 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations. Next year's event, the 2017 IFSCC Conference, will be held Oct. 23-25 at the Grand InterContinental Hotel in Seoul, Korea. Visit the event website for more information.