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Future Congress 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 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 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, 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. 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 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.

Note that the last IFSCC Conference, a 2-day science event, was held virtually at the IFSCC 2021 Virtual Cancún Conference. The IFSCC Council voted in 2017 to hold only Congresses beginning in 2023.

Here is a list of future Congress venues:

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

2024: Iguazu Falls, Brazil – 34th Congress – 14-17 October 2024

2025: Cannes, France – 35th Congress – 16-18 September 2025

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

2027: Switzerland – 37th Congress – Basel 13-16 September 2027

2028: Las Vegas, USA – 38th Congress – dates t.b.d.

2029: Zone 1 (Europe, Israel, and South Africa) – 39th Congress – Host Society to be selected in 2023

2030: Zone 2 (Asia) – 40th Congress

*Only Congresses held beginning in 2023. Last Conference was 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. The criteria include projecting that at least 600 people will attend an event.

In the past, the top 15 ranked Societies were eligible to host future Congresses. While this is no longer true, the rankings do determine which Societies are guaranteed a seat on the Praesidium (the top six Societies are). 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 20 Societies, calculated after the IFSCC 2020 Virtual Yokohama Congress are:

  1. Japan
  2. France
  3. USA
  4. Korea
  5. Great Britain
  6. Germany
  7. Spain
  8. Brazil
  9. China (PRC)
  10. Italy
  11. Argentina
  12. Switzerland
  13. South Africa
  14. Australia
  15. Taiwan
  16. Mexico
  17. India
  18. Belgium
  19. Portugal
  20. Colombia

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 decision at the annual Council Meeting. The Host Society of a Congress is determined at least 6 years in advance of the Congress.