HairS‘19 will follow the tradition of the DWI-organized hair scientific meetings offering a unique platform for discussing the newest and most appealing ideas of hair research and hair care science. The focus has always been on scientific aspects – not only by pure academic interest but because we believe that they form the nucleus of innovations in hair care. We cordially invite you to attend HairS’19. We look forward to another outstanding scientific meeting of colleagues and hair experts from all over the world.

HairS‘19 is organized by the DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials and the institute‘s Expert Advisory Board “Hair Cosmetics“.


Dr. Juliana Kurniadi

+49 241 80-23319
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Conference Program

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

12:00  Get-together and registration

13:00  Opening and Introduction: Prof. Andrij Pich, DWI - Leibniz Institute, and Wolf Eisfeld, BASF Germany

13:30  Plenary Lecture: Eva Ulbricht, Landeskriminalamt Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart: Hair TraceS – Forensic Investigations

14:10  Laura Sabatier, Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, CNRS, Univ Paris Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, Orsay, France: In-situ structure evolution of virgin and treated hair during stretching 

14:30  Samuel Gourion-Arsiquaud, TRI Princeton: The potential of FTIR imaging spectroscopy to visualize active penetration along hair fiber, evaluate hair products or to investigate molecular and structural modifications inside hair fiber associated to specific hair treatments

14:50  Rahul Rimal, DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials: 3D skin modell 

15:10 Coffee Break

15:50  Plenary Lecture: Joachim Kremer, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf: Sustainability in the driver seat of successful cosmetic product development

16:30  Andrea Vattani, Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Cleveland: Risk Assessment approach on environmental impact of hair care ingredients 

16:50  Igor Pochorovski, Covestro Deutschland AG, Leverkusen: Polyurethanes film formers for responsible hair-styling: Overview of the performance and sustainability of polyurethane chemistry  

17:10  Sabrina Marchioretto, Dow Silicones: SPRL Sustainable healthy look and feel of hair despite daily exposure to environmental stressors. 

17:30  Christina Kohlmann, BASF Hong Kong / Shanghai / Düsseldorf: Urban pollution and the relationship between UV and exhaust gas

17:50  Poster Short Talks and Poster Session

19:30  Dinner


Thursday, September 12, 2019

08:30  Plenary Lecture: Franz Josef Wortmann, School of Natural Sciences, Department of Materials, The University of Manchester: Why is Hair Curly, Wavy or Straight? Considerations based on the biomechanics of the mature hair shaft

09:10  Mike Hindley, TRI, Croda: Penetration of Different Molecular Weight Keratin Proteins into Hair Fibre and their Effects on the Physical Properties of Textured Hair

9:30  Kwezikazi Molamodi, L’Oreal Research and Innovation, Johannesburg: Investigating the impact of grooming and regular braiding on the intergrity of African hair

9:50  Carolina Lourenço, Symrise, Brazil: Chemically straightened hair and its interaction with water: a comprehensive study using dyinamic and static observations

10:10  Coffee Break

10:50  Plenary Lecture: Regina Betz, Uni Bonn: How Struwwelpeter got to his hair and other genetic hair abnormalities

11:30  Andrea Körner, DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials: Slow release fragrance carriers based on polymeric  multiscale vesicles and SiO2 core-shell particles

11:50  Carla Scanavez, Natura Cosméticos, São Paulo: Understanding the potential of a biotechnological-derived protein in  texturing damaged hair  

12:10  Narjis A. Askar, Lubrizol Advanced Materials, inc.: Effect of molecular weight and charge density of Polyquaterniums in hair dyeing

12:30  Felix Jakob, DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials: DWI-Biohybrids: Anchor peptides meet polymer brushes

13:00  Lunch Break

15:00  Social Event


Friday, September 13, 2019

09:00  Plenary Lecture: Erik Schulze zur  Wiesche, Uni Hamburg: Human Hair From an Evolutionary Perspective; A complex interplay between natural and sexual selection

09:40  Jordan Katzarov, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Düsseldorf: The Smart Salon concept: Individualized hair care & coloration products

10:00  Björn Klotz, BASF Düsseldorf, Bergische Universität Wuppertal: On the Effect of Reactive Atmospheric Species on Human Hair

10:20  Ernesta Malinauskyte, TRI, Lonza: Surprising effects of equilibrium pH on hair structure and properties 

10:40  Coffee Break

11:10  Trefor Evans, TRI: Continued Efforts to Quantify Hair Motion

11:30  Iryna Kruse, proDERM Institute for Applied Dermatological Research GmbH, Schenefeld: Beautiful Hair with Fullness and Tension – an Approach to Assess the Appearance of Full Hair

11:50  Rebecca Lunn, Dia-Stron Ltd, Andover, MINES ParisTech, PSL - Research University, MAT - Centre des Matériaux, France: Further Insights into the Fatigue of Hair Fibres through Statistical Analysis and Relevance to Hair Care Applications

12:10  Susannah Molisso, Imperial College London, London, and The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati: Examining the interactions of small molecules in hair using solid-state NMR

12:30  Best Paper Awards, Closing Remarks

12:50  Lunch and End of Symposium

14:00  Optional: Shuttle to Zurich airport (please contact the organizers if you need a shuttle)


Symposium Fee & Registration

> Please register here.

Our partner CongressCheck is taking care of the registrations.

Symposium fee:

  • 950 € for participants
  • 750 € for DWI member companies
  • 450 € for speakers (one speaker per oral presentation, not for poster authors)

This fee includes meals, coffee breaks, the excursion, the conference dinner, the book of abstracts and the proceedings.

The conference fee does not include accommodation and breakfast.

Conference Venue and Accommodation

Venue: Hotel 'Vier Jahreszeiten am Schluchsee'
Am Riesenbühl 4
79859 Schluchsee (Black Forest)

Hotel rooms are pre-booked for you at the conference venue.
For booking a room online please add "DWI HairS'19" plus the length of your stay in the text field for special requests at the end of the booking procedure.

The Vier Jahreszeiten am Schluchsee is located in the charming spa town of Schluchsee situated at a height of nearly 1,000 m at the heart of the unique nature park Südschwarzwald (Southern Black Forest). With rare upland moor landscapes it is home to many unusual types of animals and plants.
With its unrivalled nature park, high fir forests, rare upland moor landscapes and romantic valleys and canyons, the southern Black Forest region exudes a very special charm. Numerous cultural and traditional places of interest can be discovered here.


How to get there:
By airplane and rental car

  • from Stuttgart: Distance 180 km, driving time approx. 2 hours
  • from Zurich: Distance 75 km, driving time approx. 1 hour

    Please contact us if you are interested in a bus shuttle from/to Zurich airport.

    time table for the shuttle

    10th September: departure at 18 h, Zurich airport to conference hotel Schluchsee

    13 th September: departure at 14 h, conference hotel Schluchsee to Zurich airport

By train

  • Numerous daily ICE/IC connections take you to the Black Forest.
  • Every hour from Freiburg directly to the Schluchsee with the Höllentalbahn (Hell valley railway) / Dreiseenbahn (Three lakes railway).

By car

  • from Frankfurt: A5 Frankfurt–Basel, exit Freiburg-Stadtmitte, B31 direction Titisee/   Neustadt, B500 direction Waldshut until Schluchsee
  • from Stuttgart: A81 Stuttgart–Singen, exit Donaueschingen, B31 direction Freiburg until turnoff Bonndorf, at the end of Bonndorf follow the signs to Schluchsee
  • from Zurich: Direction Zurzach/Koblenz, after border crossing direction Waldshut, B500 direction Schluchsee
  • from Basel: Direction Lörrach, over the Feldberg to Schluchsee

Sponsoring Opportunities

There are different opportunities for sponsorships and exhibition booths
Each sponsorship is announced with the sponsor’s logo on the conference website, in the book of abstracts and the conference proceedings.