Future Congress & Conference Venues

The IFSCC offers an international scientific event each fall: a Congress in even years, a Conference in odd years. Beginning in 2023 we will switch to only offering Congresses.

What is an IFSCC Congress?

IFSCC Congresses and Conferences bring together representatives from IFSCC Member Societies and others once a year to discuss cosmetic science on a grand scale…with a global perspective.

At an IFSCC Congress or Conference you will hear the latest research findings, discuss market trends, discover new products and raw materials, share best practices, meet new colleagues and reconnect with others. Scientists, suppliers, academics, business owners and product developers will all be there to discover or display the latest beauty industry innovations.

There are parallel podium sessions at a Congress (a single session at a Conference), along with hundreds of posters on display throughout the event. Additionally, there is an exhibition hall featuring the newest offerings of suppliers from around the world.

Congresses are 3 days of science, and Conferences are 2 days. The evening before the science program starts is an Opening Gala; the evening of the last day is the Closing Gala, during which the IFSCC Awards are presented. An optional evening social event is offered, generally an outing featuring the culture of the Host Society.

IFSCC Congresses and Conferences allow Attendees an invaluable opportunity to meet other Scientists from outside their usual orbit. Indeed, it is often said that chance meetings and impromptu discussions, in addition to the science presented, are the main reasons to attend an IFSCC scientific event.

Here is a list of future Congress and Conference venues:

2021: Cancun, Mexico – 26th Conference – 25-27 October 2021

2022: London, England – 32nd Congress – 19-22 September 2022

2023*: Barcelona, Spain – 33rd Congress – 4-7 September 2023
                                                                       Note: Dates Earlier than Usual

2024: Iguazu Falls, Brazil – 34th Congress – dates t.b.d.

2025: France – 35th Congress – dates and city t.b.d.

2026: Adelaide, Australia – 36th Congress – dates t.b.d.

2027: Zone 1 (Europe, Israel, and South Africa) – 37th Congress – venue to be chosen in 2021 at the Zone 1 meeting at in-cos Barcelona

2028: Zone 3 (Americas) – 38th Congress – venue likely chosen in 2021 at Zone 3 meeting at Cancun Conference

2029: Zone 1 (Europe, Israel, and South Africa) – 39th Congress

2030: Zone 2 (Asia) – 40th Congress

*Only Congresses held beginning in 2023. Last Conference is in 2021.

Societies Eligible to Host Future Congresses

The IFSCC Praesidium voted in 2019 to allow any Society to host a future IFSCC Congress, provided they meet certain criteria. These criteria, the IFSCC Congress Hosting Guidelines, were approved by the IFSCC Council during the Yokohama Council Meeting October 2020.

In the past, the top 15 ranked Societies were eligible to host future Congresses. The ranking of IFSCC Societies is recalculated after every Congress, taking into account the number of posters and podiums presented at the last 6 Congresses, and the number of Members in a Society.

For informational purposes only, the top 15 Societies, calculated after the IFSCC 2018 Munich Congress are:

  1. France
  2. Japan
  3. USA
  4. Korea
  5. Great Britain
  6. Germany
  7. Spain
  8. Brazil
  9. Switzerland
  10. Italy
  11. South Africa
  12. Argentina
  13. China (PRC)
  14. Taiwan
  15. Australia

Venue Selection Process

The IFSCC divides its Societies into 3 geographic areas: Zone 1 (Europe, Israel, and South Africa), Zone 2 (Asia), and Zone 3 (the Americas). The Zones vote on which Society to nominate to host an upcoming Congress in their Zone. The IFSCC Praesidium and Secretariat are not involved at this stage of the selection process.

After the Zone decides on their nomination, the IFSCC Praesidium approves the decision, then the IFSCC Council is notified of the nomination at the annual Council Meeting. The Host Society of a Congress is voted on 6 years in advance of the Congress.