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C&T Summit is a highly-interactive two-day conference designed to spark innovation and inspire the creative utilization of science in cosmetic development.

Featuring high-level technical discussions and hands-on practical application, C&T Summit is an experiential learning environment aiming to transfer knowledge through participation.

Read Cosmetics & Toiletries' recap of the 2014 C&T Summit.

The inaugural Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit (June 26-27, 2014, at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA) lit the mental fuses of nearly 200 attendees, with speakers from NASA, Procter & Gamble’s beauty technology division, the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and more inspiring today’s brightest cosmetic scientists.

The two-day technical conference and workshop kicked off with a keynote lecture from Dr. Steven Squyres, principal scientist of the Mars Exploration Rover Project and Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University. His presentation set the stage for the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit, enlightening attendees with his experience managing a literally out-of-this-world project, i.e., the Mars rover mission.

After the keynote, attendees divided into two research tracks: one related to skin and sun care and the other focused on hair. Each track explored new technologies, applications, techniques and discoveries that are pushing cosmetic formulations forward.

Following the skin/sun and hair tracks, attendees reconvened for three final presentations, focused on market trends, global regulatory changes and applying cancer research to anti-aging solutions in personal care. The first day closed with a cocktail party and networking. Here, attendees shared their feedback about the day’s program.

Michele Robertson of Kolmar Labs said, "Everything has been outstanding...the venue, great topics and great speakers." Nikita Wilson of Catalyst Cosmetic Development said, "The event exceeded my expectations."

The second day of the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit featured four classrooms to lend real-life application to the event. Attendees rotated through all the labs to learn basic and advanced skills in both formulating and communication—especially with marketing.

Of the overall event, speaker Anthony J. O'Lenick, Jr., Siltech, told Cosmetics & Toiletries, "You've got the right combination of theory and application.” Fellow presenter George Deckner, Deckner Consulting Services, furthered that the Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit added “something different” that has been missing from other events.

Rachel Grabenhofer, conference program director and Cosmetics & Toiletries editor, is currently planning the 2015 Cosmetics & Toiletries Summit. The details will be announced soon at both and