The Society of Cosmetic Scientists promotes education, research and collaboration to advance the science of cosmetics

Encouraging education and research in cosmetic and related sciences The benefits of becoming a member SCS Formulate - 11-12 November 2014, Ricoh Arena, Coventry SCS Symposium: face the Future - 30 April-1May 2014, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Oxford

About us

We have 1000+  members and are affiliated to the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC).

The main object of the Society is to advance the science of cosmetics. It does this by attracting membership among highly qualified individuals with both academic and industrial experience in the field of cosmetics and related sciences, as well as through its activities including publications, educational programmes and scientific meetings.

The Aims of the Society are:

  • To advance the science of cosmetics and toiletries
  • To provide the means for the dissemination and interchange of knowledge pertinent to cosmetic and related sciences
  • To promote high ethical standards in cosmetic science
  • To improve the professional status of members
  • To encourage education and research in cosmetic and related sciences
  • To ensure the long-term viability of the Society
  • To maximise the accessibility of Society activities and encourage participation throughout the profession

Events and lectures RSS

Wed/Thur 30 April / 1 May - SCS Symposium 2014

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire

Thursday 8 May 2014 - RDG Ireland

Venue: The Science Gallery, The Naughton Institute, Pearse Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2 / nearby Pearse Station

Thursday 22 May 2014 - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Members only - commencing 18.30 hours with light refreshments from 18.00 hours

SCS Symposium 2014


30 APRIL - 1 MAY 2014 - Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park, Oxford

SCS President, Dr Barbara Brockway (above) - Symposium Programme and registration form

New Speaker: Peter Vukusic (Exeter University) 'Colour and appearance generation: evolutionary approaches using nanotechnology'

Pigment-free colour generation is of academic and commercial relevance across a range of sciences, technologies and industries.  The associated colours and optical effects, often referred to as structural colour, generally rely on the interaction of light with periodic micron-sized and nano-sized structures that manipulate the colours that are reflected and the appearances and aesthetic that these reflected colours generate.

In biology, this type of appearance control is ubiquitous. In certain butterflies for instance, conspicuous visibility is attributed to nanostructures that are formed by discrete layers of simple protein-based material. This contrasts, in other examples, to nanostructures evolved more for camouflage and which comprise a much more subtle colour aesthetic. Such natural examples as these, and many others, provide a set of design templates from which tech-based inspiration continues to be drawn.  

It is increasingly clear that the use of an often relatively simple physical (rather than chemical) design makes it possible to generate a rich diversity of nanoparticle-derived colour appearances for use in or across many applications.

This presentation will offer an overview of the basic principles associated with structural colour generation, both in exemplary biological systems and in technological applications to which they are currently being applied. 


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