What’s new for this year?

SCS Annual Conference - What's new for this year?

One of our guiding principles is “Advancing the Science of Cosmetics”.

This year, we feel that the content of the Conference really reflects this, with a focus on the high-quality cosmetic science being carried out in research groups right across the UK and Ireland, both in industry and in our universities.

It will bring together our leading scientists to share their latest discoveries and offer attendees a unique opportunity to expand their professional networks and build new collaborations.

Whether you are a student, new to the industry, or have been involved in our sector for many years, this Conference provides the opportunity to experience excellence with unique content from our eminent panel of speakers.

Come and join us for a a celebration of innovation!

We have four keynote speakers (2 on each day of the Conference):

Prof. Tarl Prow

Director Skin Research Centre

Hull York Medical School

Professor Tarl Prow has had a distinguished career in scientific research and academia, focusing on dermatology, nanomedicine, and molecular pathology. Beginning with a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he advanced to teaching and expanded his research into diabetes and sickle cell retinopathy. At the University of Queensland, he developed microdevices for skin research and later joined the University of South Australia, focusing on skin cancer technologies. Currently, he serves as the Director of the Skin Research Centre at Hull York Medical School and Associate Dean at the University of York, UK. His research emphasizes minimally invasive technologies like microbiopsy for patient-friendly skin sampling and targeted drug delivery systems. Professor Prow is now pioneering the translation of microbiopsy data into a digital twin for advanced skin research.

Prof. Helen Sneddon

Professor in Sustainable Chemistry & Director of the Green Chemistry

University of York

Helen Sneddon studied Natural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and obtained her PhD, on The Application of b-Keto Dithianes in Natural Product Synthesis from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Steven V. Ley.  Following postdoctoral studies on the Catalytic asymmetric chemistry of Palladium II, at the University of California, Irvine with Professor Larry Overman, she joined GSK.  Whilst at GSK she has developed a particular interest in Green Chemistry as applied to the Pharmaceutical Industry, including solvent and reagent selection, metrics and the development of more efficient transformations.  She is an author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.  She took up the position of Professor in Sustainable Chemistry and Director of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York in April 2022. The GCCE has close ties to the Biorenewables Development Centre, and has a particular interest in renewable feedstocks, green synthesis, sustainable technologies, and design for reuse, degradation, recovery.

Dr Glyn Roberts

Head of R&D


Glyn joined Unilever in 1991 after graduating with a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Liverpool. During his 32 years in Unilever he has worked in a variety of roles – from fundamental research to in market deployment across most of Unilever's markets and categories – Chemicals, Deodorants, Fabric Conditioners, Laundry, Oral Care and Hair Care – where he spent over 10 years. Glyn is currently head of R&D for Unilever's 6 Billion Euro Hair Care business. Glyn has authored many papers ranging from understanding new catalytic processes for production of key raw materials to understanding the inner working of the sweat gland, and currently holds over 35 patents. Glyn is married with two children and his hobbies include football, rugby and cricket. He is an avid supporter of both Liverpool Football Club and the Welsh Rugby Union Team.

Dr James P. Ewen

Tribology & Hair

Imperial College London

Dr James P. Ewen is a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Research Fellow in the Tribology Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). James uses supercomputers to study solid-liquid interfaces with molecular simulations. He studies complex formulations to identify links between their nanoscale behaviour and macroscale performance. His research is highly interdisciplinary in nature and is of direct relevance to industry. In 2022, he received the inaugural Wen Shizhu Maple Leaf Award - International Young Scholar Award from the Stake Key Laboratory of Tribology at Tsinghua University. In 2020, he was awarded a RAEng Research Fellowship for the project 'Controlling Friction through Molecular Engineering'. He was awarded the Innovation in Tribology Award by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in 2019 and the Tribology Bronze Medal in 2018 by the IMechE. In 2017, he received a Doctoral Prize Fellowship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). In the same year, he was awarded the Margaret Fishenden Centenary Memorial Prize for the best PhD Thesis in the Department of Mechanical Engineering over the previous five-year period.

Dr Des Tobin

Full Professor of Dermatological Science & Director

University College Dublin

Dr Desmond J. Tobin is Full Professor of Dermatological Science and Director of The Charles Institute of Dermatology at University College Dublin, Ireland. Prior to Sept 2018 he was Professor of Cell Biology and Director of the Centre for Skin Sciences at Bradford University, Britain. He holds a BSc from the National University of Ireland (Maynooth), a PhD from the University of London, Britian (St. John’s Institute of Dermatology) and post-doctorate from New York University Medical School’s Dept. of Dermatology, USA. Over the past ~25 years Des has researched in basic and applied skin/hair sciences, with a focus on the biology of human melanocytes /pigmentation in health and disease (incl. melanoma) and of hair growth disorders, especially those with an immune basis. Des holds fellowships from: Royal College of Pathologists, Royal Society of Biology, Institute of Trichologists, Royal Microscopical Society, Institute of Biomedical Science, and is an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy. Des is a past president of the British Society for Investigative Dermatology, a founding member of the UK TREND Skin Health Working Group, and incoming Chair of the Alopecia UK Research Committee. He serves(ed) on several editorial boards, and scientific advisory panels including the UK-based Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). He has published over 200 publications. His H-Index is currently 68 (Scopus) and 81 (Google Scholar) Spring 2024.

This year there will be many additional features to the conference, including an expert panel debate on driving innovation in the cosmetics industry, a breakfast workshop on cosmetic science education, a pre-conference tour of the Skin Research Centre at the University of York, and a students’ poster competition and drinks reception. Plus, as always, a lively exhibitors’ area.