SCC Annual Scientific Meeting keynotes to cover new tech and leadership topics

By Deanna Utroske

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SCC Annual Scientific Meeting keynotes to cover new tech and leadership topics
At the upcoming December event in New York City, over 50 experts will speak about science, technology, and formulation, covering both the basics of cosmetic product development and chemistry as well as the latest ideas and innovations in the beauty, personal care, and fragrance industry. On the program, the three keynote talks standout.

The 2018 SCC Annual Scientific Meeting and Technology Showcase will take place at The Sheraton New York Times Square on Tuesday 11 December and Wednesday 12 December. And there are three keynote talks on the schedule covering The Human Touch: The People Factor of Leadership and Team; 3D Printing Electronics on the Skin; and Neuroscience-Inspired Multisensory Design in the Cosmetics Sector.


At an 8:00am breakfast session on Wednesday 12 December, Brian Riggs will discuss the importance and development of people skills in leadership. Riggs runs a leadership strategy consultancy called the Dialogue Shop.

His presentation / workshop will “explore the relevance of personality tests in today’s workplace, explore historical and contemporary examples of leaders who were successful at tapping the people factor, and work together to uncover simple ways to begin to integrate successful habits to advance ourselves and our teams,”​ according to the agenda for this year’s SCC Annual Meeting and Scientific Showcase.  

3D printing

Then at 9:30am on Wednesday, Michael McAlpine of the University of Minnesota will present on 3D Printing Electronics on the Skin.

“3D printing is a multiscale platform, allowing for the incorporation of functional nanoscale inks, the printing of microscale features, and ultimately the creation of macroscale devices,” ​explains the description copy for McAlpine’s keynote.

“This blending of 3D printing, functional materials, and ‘living’ platforms will enable next-generation 3D printed devices directly on the skin,” ​making for some interesting opportunities for medical, wellness, and personal care product development.


On Tuesday morning at 8:35am, psychologist Charles Spence who specializes in multisensory design will talk on the value and use of synesthesia in cosmetics, personal care, and fragrance product design.

“I will discuss some of the latest research from the Crossmodal Research Laboratory around the synaesthetic matching of olfactory stimuli to shapes, sounds, and palettes of colour in normal consumers (while highlighting relevant cross-cultural differences),”​ writes Spence in his description of the keynote.

Click here​ to learn more about the event agenda and find a link to registration.



Deanna Utroske, Editor, covers beauty business news in the Americas region and publishes the weekly Indie Beauty Profile column, showcasing the inspiring work of entrepreneurs and innovative brands.

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