Help Us Choose the Winning Student Poster!

The Students Poster Competition is an important part of our annual conference.  It provides a platform for students and scientists, new to the field of cosmetic science, to present their work to the conference attendees.  Students entering the competition get free entry to the conference, and a chance to win a cash prize (£500).

Last year the winner was Matthew Smith (Manchester University, UK) who presented an excellent poster titled “Commercial Sunscreens Protect Skin Commensal Bacteria from solar simulated radiation”.

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How to enter
Submit an abstract describing your work to the Conference Scientific Programme (SP) Committee. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 31st July 2024. Abstracts must be submitted in English (maximum 500 words, no tables/graphs in the abstract). The abstract should describe an original piece of scientific work and must not have been previously published or submitted to any other conference. Original research undertaken for commercial purposes is welcome, as long as it has sufficient scientific merit. Abstracts and posters should use chemical names as far as possible and avoid direct promotion of any products or services.

Open to all full-time students based at UK Universities (undergraduates/post-graduates /post-doctoral scientists). Applicants don’t need to have studied cosmetic science degrees but abstracts must be related to cosmetic science.

  • All abstracts will be evaluated by a jury of experts of the Scientific Programme Committee. Results will be communicated to authors as soon as possible to allow them to make travel plans, and before Wednesday 31st July 2024. Roughly 10-15 pieces of work will be chosen to be presented at the Conference.


Poster and podium presentations
Successful applicants will be invited to present their work in poster format during the Conference. This will include a brief (5 minute) oral presentation of their work to delegates.


The competition
Based on the poster and oral presentations the conference attendees will select one presenter, to win a trophy and a prize.


Poster Presenter Guidelines
5 min Podium Presentations

The podium presentations are an opportunity for students to encourage attendees to come and view their posters in the poster session directly directly afterwards.  They can be quick reviews of the key findings, or ‘teazers’.  It is the presenters’ choice.

Presentations can be given with or without PowerPoint slides and will be strictly limited to 5 minutes.  There will be no Q&A after the presentations.


Poster Guidelines

  1. Posters should be roughly A0 size (84.1 x 118.9 cm or 33.1 x 46.8 inches) and can be presented in landscape or portrait styles.
  2. We recommend printing your poster on one large sheet of paper with or without lamination.
  3. Please do not mount your poster on foamboard as it will be too heavy to hang on the displays.
  4. We will provide pins and VelcroTM to mount the posters.
  5. Complete trade names are allowed as well as the INCI nomenclature for ingredients. However, trade names should not be used in your poster title.  If you wish to have more promotional content, we encourage you to consider participating in our commercial showcase.