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Bursary IFSCC Conferences and Congresses

The fund has been set up to assist SCS members who are students, consultants, from small companies, or from academia, who have had abstracts accepted for a platform or poster presentation at an IFSCC Congress or Conference. The Society of Cosmetic Scientists may provide financial assistance to help individuals attend the event.

Abstracts need to be submitted via the IFSCC Conference/Congress website and Bursary applications are made once an abstract has been submitted. There is no need to wait for acceptance of the abstract before applying but the Bursary will only be considered once acceptance has been confirmed.

The Bursary Fund Committee will decide who will receive funding to attend the Congress/Conference and their decision will be final. The author receiving funding must be the first author, a UK or ROI national, and the person who will make the presentation or attend the poster day. The Bursary Fund is limited to a maximum of three awards to the same author within a 7 year period.


Our 2018 winner is Rachael Polowyj who will be taking her paper to the Congress in Berlin, Germany from 18-21 September 2018.

Rachael’s winning paper, Exploring the effect of rheological modifiers and preservatives on the in vitro release of caffeine from gel formulations, will be presented as a poster at the Congress. The paper is co-authored by Danka Tamburic and Milica Stevic. 

Rachael graduated last year from the London College of Fashion with an MSc in Cosmetic Science and now works full time as a Technical Product Manager at Azelis.

Your next opportunity to enter will be for the 2019 IFSCC Congress in Milan, Italy. Planets of the solar system and constellations will be used as a metaphor for cosmetic science and for the 2019 Conference entitled CosmEthics: Science and Conscience.

Deadlines for 2019 will be announced later in the year. 



The theme for the 2017 IFSCC Conference in Seoul, Korea was Cosmetic Science: Beauty, Convergence & Creativity.

picture of Milica Stevic in SeoulCongratulations to Dr Milica Stevic (Post-doctoral Fellow in Cosmetic Science, University of the Arts, London) whose poster Fabrication of personalised lipstick applicator using 3D printing technology won her the 2017 SCS Bursary and helped fund her trip to Seoul.

Milica is pictured centre with SCS President Jackie Searle & Judi Beerling at the Seoul Conference





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