Looking for inspiration on the latest cosmetic ingredients and product innovations in the personal care industry? Want to build connections with cosmetic raw material suppliers, manufacturers, agents and experts? The ASCC Conference is the place to be. 

In 2025, our 57th Annual Conference will be held on the Western Sydney Conference Centre Dharug nation, NSW 13th – 15th May 2025.

With a host of educational opportunities, networking events, supplier exhibition booths, poster and innovation zones, come to be inspired and find out the latest industry launches and developments.

join us as we Unveiling Beauty's Potential, by:

Celebrating Diversity

Beauty beyond appearance, one size does not fit all, products can be designed for specific ages, genders, ethnicities, and climates.

Beauty Entrepreneurship

Navigating the journey to success, from startups to multinationals we all have a journey to experience. This pillar will explore how minor discoveries in science can lead to big things.

Unveiling Beauty’s Potential

Discovering Emerging technologies, trends, ingredients, and innovations advancing and redefining the beauty and cosmetics industry.

Call for Abstracts Open Now!

Information about the Call for Abstracts can be accessed via Enews.

Call for abstracts closing date:  31st Oct 2025

Get inspired by our guest Speakers:

Keynote speaker – Alan Oppenheim

Alan Oppenheim has been Managing Director of Ego Pharmaceuticals since 1990 and prior to that was Scientific Director for a decade.

Alan has a Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours, from Monash University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists. He was part of the team that brough the IFSCC Congress to Australia for only the 2nd time – in 1996 in Sydney when 2,000 delegates attended. He is a past President of the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists, an organisation with 15,000 members in more than 40 nations. As IFSCC President he facilitated the creation of the IFSCC Magazine.

Alan is a director of the Consumer Healthcare Products Australia, an organisation that represents the non-prescription pharmaceutical industry.

Alan is recognised for his community support by being made an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Dermatology Nurses Association. He is an Entrepreneur of the Year (a program run globally by Ernst and Young). Together with his wife, Dr Jane Oppenheim, he received an Award for Excellence from the Australian Self Medication Industry for service to the industry. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Monash University (one of Australia’s top eight universities with campuses in Melbourne, Malaysia, China, India and Indonesia). He was presented with an Export Hero Award by the Governor-General of Australia.

Ego Pharmaceuticals researches and manufactures 120 products for skin health in its own world-class pharmaceutical plant in Braeside (Melbourne) which in 2016 had a $16 million expansion opened by the Hon Andrew Robb AO, Minister of Trade. In 2017 Ego moved into its $35 million new global support centre with global distribution centre in Dandenong (Melbourne). In 2022 Ego completed a 2.5 year, $25 million, Green Core building expansion and upgrade of its plant at Braeside (Melbourne). Ego has 700 staff based across 14 nations.

Exporting famous products like QV gentle cleansers and moisturisers, SunSense sunscreens, DermAid anti-inflammatories and MOOV Head Lice Treatments to the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the UK and more, Ego won the Governor of Victoria Exporter of the Year 2016 and the Australian Government Exporter of the Year 2017.

Ego is the science of healthy skin.

Plenary Speaker - Terri Vinson Jones

Terri Vinson Jones is an Australian scientist, cosmetic chemist, published author, and the founder of Synergie Skin. Terri holds a Bachelor of Science (Immunology & Microbiology), a postgraduate Diploma of Formulating Chemistry, a post graduate Diploma of Education (Biology & Senior Science) and is a proud member of the Australian Society of Cosmetic Chemists. She is a world-recognised formulator, a lecturer in the field of skin biology and cosmetic science, and the author of ‘Skinformation: A Clean Science Guide to Beautiful Skin’.

With over twenty years of formulating experience, Terri Vinson Jones is one of the most innovative and highly qualified professionals in cosmetic science. As the founder and formulator of Australian skincare company, Synergie Skin, she formulates her own line of active cosmeceuticals and functionally protective mineral makeup all in accordance with her trademarked ‘Clean Science’ philosophy. Terri places strong emphasis on using clinical data to educate her clients on the science of active ingredients, which exemplifies her dedication to the long-term health and vitality of skin. The Synergie range also extends to an exclusive Synergie Practitioner doctors only range as well as Synergie Minerals makeup, a cosmetics line that contains high levels of minerals to provide broadspectrum sun protection. Since 2005, Synergie Skin has grown rapidly to become a global beauty manufacturer, distributing internationally to Hong Kong, The Netherlands, New Zealand, UK, USA, and Vietnam. Synergie Skin is retailed worldwide through partner dermatologists, plastic surgeons and cosmetic surgeons, cosmetic physicians, aestheticians, and beauty therapists.

Plenary Speaker - Simon Chan

Graduated as a Chemist at the Chinese University of HK in 1987. He established his own cosmetic raw material distribution business in Hong Kong and China in 1991 and built it up to the most renowned cosmetic active ingredients marketing distributor in China until 2009 when his company was merged into CBC which is one of the top chemical distribution companies in AP. Beside his own business, Simon has been actively participated in the cosmetic advocacy in Hong Kong and China too. He was the founder of HKSCC and was invited to join the IFSCC Praesidium as Chair of PR Committee in 2014.

During his 6 years PR assignment in IFSCC Praesidium, he made crucial changes to the benefactor program which has secured the financial insufficiency of IFSCC over the past years. Besides, he has helped to establish China-SCC in 2017 that brings strong participation from the Chinese cosmetic scientists nowadays. To appreciate his valuable contributions to IFSCC, Simon Chan was granted IFSCC Fellow during the Congress in Barcelona last year. He is currently the Advisor of IFSCC and is continuing to contribute his time and effort to strengthen the collaborations of different IFSCC national societies.

Plenary Speaker - Dr Travis Badenhorst 

Dr. Badenhorst serves as the leader of the Ingredient Team at Procter and Gamble in Singapore. In this capacity, he collaborates with senior Brand and R&D Directors throughout the organization, spearheading international efforts in the sourcing and selection of cutting-edge ingredients for various P&G brands, including Olay and SKII. Beyond this, he oversees pivotal mid-stream technological initiatives aimed at introducing new science, technology, and products to the market. Travis' unwavering commitment to excellence and fervor for innovation have established him as a pivotal figure in propelling the success of P&G's global skincare initiatives.

Possessing over 15 years of experience in R&D, Travis has held diverse roles within the Beauty Industry. His noteworthy 12-year tenure at Snowberry commenced as a lab assistant and culminated in his appointment as the Chief Scientist, a position earned through a highly successful PhD that yielded a breakthrough in peptide delivery science. The impact of this scientific achievement was showcased at the World Congress of Dermatology, ultimately capturing the attention of Procter and Gamble, leading to the acquisition of Snowberry in 2017.

 Throughout his career, Travis has been an integral member of the NZSCC committee, progressing through various roles to eventually assume the presidency of the NZ Society of Cosmetic Chemists from 2018 to 2021. His reputation extends beyond scientific accomplishments, encompassing a unique ability to navigate the intersection of science and business within the skincare industry. Eager to contribute his extensive skills and insights, Travis regularly supports the cosmetic industry and welcomes connections from professionals and organizations dedicated to advancing skincare innovation and sustainability.

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