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Formulation in the climate change age

Each year the in-cosmetics Formulation Summit focuses on the latest cosmetics trend. 2020 saw the programme focus on the topic of "Formulation in the Climate Change Age". Each year we aim to provide a highly educational learning experience. Delegates have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with globally renowned speakers and network with their peers.

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In response to this increasingly growing trend, the in-cosmetics Formulation Summit delved into the various aspect of “good” science that can enable formulators to create products that are fantastic for both consumers and the planet.

Delegates to the 2020 summit received high-level talks and presentations - delivered by industry experts - that address both the formulation challenges and opportunities in developing personal care products. Do you know what topic you would like to see covered in 2021? Let us know, so we can shape the content around what you, the industry want to see. 

What areas were covered in 2020?

We heard from top speakers from different disciplines that are contributing to new ways of formulating:


To develop green processes to recover waste materials and transform them into cosmetic ingredients.

Polymer Chemistry

As a tool to build packaging that can be decomposed within a reasonable timeframe.


To make us understand the importance of the mind over the body and thus to develop products that deliver true holistic efficacy.


To lead us through the maze of multivariate statistics to optimise production processes in order to use less energy and resources.

Advanced Colloid Chemistry & Rheology

To help formulators set up selection criteria and test methods to enable the use of fewer and more efficacious ingredients (e.g. emulsifiers, stabilisers, thickening agents, etc.).

Environmental sciences

To understand what criteria we should look at in order for our sunscreens (and not only them) not to destroy the aquatic environment.


To talk us through the benefits of developing a quanto-mechanic-based thinking, more efficient and flexible than the traditional Newtonian, linear way of looking at science.

The summit provides us with the perfect opportunity to discuss new ideas and create new experiences for consumers as it gathers inspirational people from all over the world to form a great melting-pot of creativity and ideas.

Richard Oliver
CEO, The Unseen

We wanted to come to the summit as we thought the theme was an important trend in the industry. We want to get a deeper understanding of what customers want and we heard some brilliant speakers speak on a broad range of topics.

Christina Kohlman
Senior Manager Global Projects and Scouting, BASF

The summit was definitely worthwhile coming to and is very well-organised. In the future, I would perhaps like to see a focus on changes in regulations.

Anna Williams
Technologist, Solent

I have found the summit to be very informative and useful for my business, an indie brand. The speakers have been great and I especially enjoyed the talks on the application of AI.

Ogochukwu Agunenye

We are patent and trademark attorneys so the summit is a great opportunity for us to keep up to date with the industry for our current clients and to network and connect with potential new clients.

Marianna Privett
Partner, AA Thornton

I was attracted by the personalisation theme and have not been disappointed! I have found the presentations to be very helpful for my formulation company and was especially interested in the talks by Andy Postles and Vivienne Rudd.

Marianna Privett
Partner, AA Thornton

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Keep an eye out in the coming months for the latest in-cosmetics Formulation Summit conference programme.