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Founded in 1959 by 7 societies of cosmetic science, the IFSCC has grown to 48 Member Societies in 74 Countries representing more than 16,000 individual scientists. Its mission is to support the global community of cosmetic scientists through the dissemination of scientific findings, educational offerings and an annual scientific Congress or Conference at which IFSCC awards and prizes are presented.

Travel grant for young scientist from ‘least developed countries’ to attend an IFSCC conference or congress

The winner of the IFSCC 2016 Congress’ Applied Research Award Winner, Rainer Voegeli of DSM, is donating the full amount of his award (CHF 7500) for travel grants for students or young scientists (<35 years old) to attend future IFSCC Conference and Congresses. DSM will also support this travel grant for the future.

In 2018 this award will be available to young scientists from Least Developed Countries as listed by the Committee for Development Policy of the United Nations.
An IFSCC membership is not necessary.

How can a young scientist apply for the award to attend the IFSCC Congress 2018 taking place in October 2018 in Munich, Germany?

–    Submit an abstract to the IFSCC Munich Congress by 28 February 2018
–    Send a CV and a copy of the submitted abstract to the SWISS SCC (Swiss Society of Cosmetic Chemists) at
The subject line should read ‘2018 Travel Grant submission’

The aim is that the winner of the travel grant will present his or her work as either a poster or a paper at the Munich Congress. Therefore, the winner of the travel grant will be chosen from those applicants who had a paper accepted by the Munich Congress Science Committee.
The final decision on the award winner will be made by the board of the SWISS SCC together with Rainer Voegeli.

The award will pay for round-trip coach/economy class airfare, Congress Registration Fee and 4 nights at a hotel in Munich.

“Some of our recent research has been performed in Africa and our African colleagues significantly contributed to the winning of the 2016 IFSCC’s Applied Research Award. Thankfully, I not only could locally monitor these studies but I was also able to learn a lot about skin of different ethnicities in the region and the circumstances under which the research is conducted there. Thus, our aim is to use the prize money of the 2016 IFSCC’s Applied Research Award for travel grants to enable young talented scientists to attend and contribute at IFSCC events. We think this will increase the diversity of the audience on the IFSCC events and in the long term the one of the IFSCC itself.”

Our first Travel Grant winner was Adama Sangaré (pictured here with Swiss SCC President Philippe Auderset). Adama travelled to the 2017 IFSCC Conference in Seoul. “Winning the opportunity to travel to Seoul to present my paper is a great honour,” said Adama. “It gives me the opportunity to meet scientists from all over the world having the same passion as me.”

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