We are delighted that the following distinguished keynote speakers will be part of the 32nd IFSCC Congress London:

Prof. Charles Spence

Dept. Experimental Psychology, Oxford

Prof.em Franz J.Wortmann

University of Manchester

Tony O'Lenick

President, Nascent Technologies Corp.

Dr. Desmond J. Tobin

Charles Institute of Dermatology, UCD School of Medicine, Dublin.

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Professor Charles Spence is a world-famous experimental psychologist with a specialisation in neuroscience-inspired multisensory design. He has worked with many of the world’s largest companies since establishing the Crossmodal Research Laboratory (CRL) at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University in 1997.

Prof. Spence has published over 1,000 academic articles and edited or authored 15 books, including, in 2014, the Prose prize- winning The perfect meal, and the international bestseller Gastrophysics: The new science of eating (2017; Penguin Viking) – winner of the 2019 Le Grand Prix de la Culture Gastronomique from Académie Internationale de la Gastronomie. His latest book Sensehacking (2021; Penguin Viking) explores how the senses are stimulated and, using cutting-edge science, Spence shows how the senses interact and affect our minds and bodies. Click here to take a look.

Much of Prof. Spence’s work focuses on the design of enhanced multisensory food and drink experiences, through collaborations with chefs, baristas, mixologists, chocolatiers, perfumiers, and the food and beverage, and flavour and fragrance industries. He has worked extensively in the world of multisensory experiential wine and coffee and has also worked extensively on the question of how technology will transform our dining/drinking experiences in the future.

The research conducted at the Crossmodal Research Laboratory in Oxford has garnered widespread media attention across the globe. Over the last decade alone, Prof. Spence and the CRL have been featured in more than 3,000 newspaper articles, radio interviews, and television programmes, including in The Times, The Economist, The Financial Times and The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/11/02/accounting-for-taste)

Prof. Spence frequently delivers consumer neuroscience lectures and courses to global companies, business schools and schools of business administration, such as at Los Andes, Rosario University, and Javariana University in Colombia, the Saïd Business School, Oxford, and the Singapore Business School.

Franz J Wortmann obtained his PhD in Polymer Chemistry with Prof. H. Zahn at DWI (German Wool Research Institute, Aachen) in 1981. During and after his PhD studies he spent 3 years as Visiting Scholar at CSIRO Division of Textile Physics and at the School of Textile Technology of the University of New South Wales in Sydney (Australia). 

In 1983 he re-joined DWI as Research Group Leader and in 1995 became Head of Department for ‘Special Fibre Analytics & Cosmetics’. In 1991 he obtained his habilitation (venia legendi) for chemistry at RWTH Aachen and became Adjunct Professor in 1997. In 2006 he was appointed Professor of Fibre and Textile Technology at the School of Materials of the University of Manchester (UK). From this chair he partly retired in 2018 to a research-only position. His work is strongly industry-focussed, and he continues to develop and conduct a wide variety of research projects in the areas of fibre science and technology. In 2020, together with his wife Dr Gabriele Wortmann, he founded F & GW – Consultants based in Aachen (Germany). The company provides academic support to international companies in the area of hair cosmetics. During his career, Prof. Wortmann has written or contributed to about 140 academic and applied papers and presented at around 100 conferences.

Tony O’Lenick is President of Nascent Technologies Corporation, a product development and consulting company he founded in 1999 to develop raw materials and formulations that have an improved environmental footprint.  Prior to Nascent, Tony was President and Co-founder of Siltech LLC, a specialty silicone company for 31 years. He has also held technical and marketing positions at Alkaril, Henkel Corporation and Mona Industries.  

Tony is the author of seven books, 100 technical articles, and has over 300 patents. He teaches courses in silicone and organic chemistry and has received industry awards including the Samuel Rosen Award (American Oil Chemists’ Society), the Innovative Use of Fatty Acids Award (Soap and Detergents Association), and the Partnership to The Personal Care Award (Advanced Technology Group). Tony was Education Committee Chair of the International Federation of the Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) from 2016 -2020. He received the Maison G. de Navarre Medal Award in 2018 and the Merit Award in 2019 from the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, the Society’s highest accolade. Tony currently serves as a Board Member of the American Oil Chemists Society. 

Dr. Desmond J. Tobin is Professor of Dermatological Science and Director of The Charles Institute of Dermatology at the UCD School of Medicine, Dublin. Prior to Sept 2018 he was Professor of Cell Biology and Director of the Centre for Skin Sciences at the University of Bradford (UK). He holds a BSc from the National University of Ireland (Maynooth), a PhD from the University of London (St. John’s Institute of Dermatology) and post-doctoral training from New York University Medical School’s Dept. of Dermatology. Over the past 25 years he has researched basic and applied skin/hair sciences, with a focus on the biology of human melanocytes/pigmentation in health and disease (incl. melanoma) and of hair growth disorders, especially those with an immune basis. 

Des is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, Royal Society of Biology, Institute of Trichologists (Vice-President), and Institute of Biomedical Science. He is the immediate past president of the British Society for Investigative Dermatology and former member of the UK Translational Network in Dermatology (UKTREND). Des serves or has served on several editorial boards, scientific advisory panels, and the UK-based Research Excellent Framework REF2021. He has published over 170 publications, including 3 books.

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