Wednesday 4th September Seminars

10:30 - 11:00

KEYNOTE: Strands of Knowledge: Unravelling the Science of Hair – From Structure to Cosmetic Innovations


11:00 - 11:30

Innovate UK: Supporting British Science


11:30 - 12:00

Cosmetics Cluster UK: Bridges, networks and knowledge exchange in the UK Cosmetics Industry


12:00 - 12:30

Futureproofing the British Beauty Industry – how we can use talent and innovation to secure a sustainable future for beauty and beyond

What does the average person think of when imagining a career in the beauty industry? How can the beauty industry help tackle some of the biggest challenges our planet faces? How can we get more people to be part of this change?

As an industry that touches everyone’s lives multiple times every day, beauty and the role of science within it is key to driving innovation and much needed change in consumer behaviour. From the products we offer, to the packaging they come in and what happens to them at end of use – the beauty industry must address the role it plays in contributing to the climate crisis and work together to find solutions.

The British Beauty Council is addressing this two-fold - with the Future Talent Programme, an initiative to drive new talent into much needed science, sustainability and innovation roles in the beauty industry and the Sustainable Beauty Coalition, an alliance of thought leaders, experts, businesses and brands from all sectors of the beauty industry to working together to accelerate collaboration, knowledge and bolder collective efforts.

This session will cover the challenges we face and how the beauty industry can and is meeting these head on, with plenty of opportunities for attendees to get involved and become part of the charge for positive change.


13:30 - 14:00



14:00 - 14:30

The Impact of Emulsifiers on Skin Barrier Integrity


14:30 - 15:00


15:30 - 16:00

KEYNOTE – Virtual Screening of the Tribology of Hair Care Formulations

Shampoos and conditioners form part of many people’s daily routine. These complex formulated products aim to cleanse and repair the hair surface to maintain a satisfactory look and feel. Huge volumes of these products are sold every year and the global hair care market is valued at close to $100B. There is currently a industry-wide drive to improve the environmental credentials (e.g. biodegradability, biocompatibility, and sustainability) of hair care products, without compromising their performance. Molecular simulations are seen as an important tool with which to reduce the cost and increase the speed of R&D towards more eco-friendly products compared to laboratory-based methods and panel testing. In this talk, I will present a coarse-grained molecular dynamics framework to study adsorption, wettability [1], and friction [2] of hair care ingredients on biomimetic hair surfaces. I will present results for simple surfactants [3], polymers, and polymer-surfactant complexes [4]. Ongoing work to generalise the methodology to enable virtual screening of the performance of potential new hair care ingredients and formulations will also be discussed.


[1] Weiand et al., Soft Matter, 2022, 18, 1779 (
[2] Weiand et al., Nanoscale, 2023, 15, 7086 (
[3] Weiand et al., PCCP, 2023, 25, 21916 (
[4] Weiand et al., ChemRxiv, 2023 (


16:00 - 16:30



  • View full profile for Ranjit BhogalRanjit Bhogal Senior Research Scientist & Project Leader - Unilever
16:30 - 17:00

Thermal Damage to Hair: Measurement & Perception