The last 30 years has seen major developments in SPF and UVA in sun protection, and we are now on the cusp of an exciting era of innovation in how we will protect ourselves from the environment. The Sun Protection conference has been running biennially since 1993 and is one of the leading events in the industry calendar. this year edition will address the advances we have seen, and look at the transformations we can expect in the next decade that will give us improved sun protection and safety, whilst caring for the environment.
Since the first Sun Protection Conference in London in 1992, it is interesting to see how the topics presented have evolved over the decades. We have seen the development and finessing of the methods of testing and labeling SPF, UVA, water resistance, photostability, the introduction of much more efficient and broadspectrum sunscreens, and the introduction of the concepts of protection beyond UV and into the longer wavelengths of visible and blue light and infra-red. Regulatory aspects have broadened and there is a greater movement toward international harmonisation of testing and use of sunscreen actives. Environmental and safety issues are and will be a challenge in the future.
On the agenda for 2021
1. Looking forward to future innovations in sun protection
2. Major issues impacting sun protection concepts and product development
3. Innovative technologies: the source of innovation in sun protection
4. Satisfying consumer needs in performance, testing, and communication
Topics that will be covered
• The risks and benefits of sun exposure
• Pollution and sun exposure
• How much and what type of protection?
• Protection from UVA and skin cancer
• Sun product testing update and look to the future
• Impact of sunscreens on the environment
• Understanding sun protection needs of the consumer
Speakers already confirmed
• Dr Jack Ferguson, Scientific programme organiser for the Sun Protection, Director Skinnovation, UK
• Prof. Mark Birch-Machin, Professor of Molecular Dermatology and Faculty Dean of Business Development, Newcastle University, UK
• Stephan Bielfeldt, Vice President and Director of Science & Innovation, proDERM Institute for Applied Dermatological Research GmbH, Germany
• Dr Jonathan Crowther, Director JMC Scientific Consulting Ltd, UK
• Dr Andrew Birnie, Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon, Medical Director, Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen
• Prof. Paul Matts, Research Fellow, Procter & Gamble, UK
• Sébastien Miksa, General Manager HelioScreen
• Sandra Browne, Senior Global Manager, Regulatory Compliance for Edgewell Personal Care
Venue and Covid-19
The 15th Sun Protection Conference will take place on 25-26 November 2021 at the Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London. All safety measures and UK government guidelines at the time of this event will be strictly followed.
As this Conference has a global audience and some attendees will not be able to make it to our London venue due to overseas travel restrictions, the organisers offer an alternative online option: it will be available with in a week following the event, and will consist of recorded speaker sessions and their materials.
For further information and registration
• See the 15th Sun Protection Conference Website