Michael Edwards Joins World Perfumery Congress 2024 Speaker Roster

Fragrance expert and author, Michael Edwards, is set to take the stage to discuss iconic American fragrances and their influence.
Fragrance expert and author, Michael Edwards, is set to take the stage to discuss iconic American fragrances and their influence.

The World Perfumery Congress (WPC)— presented by the American Society of Perfumers and produced by Perfumer & Flavorist+ — is gearing up for the event's return this summer in Geneva, Switzerland! We're excited to announce that fragrance expert and author Michael Edwards to the stage for his session, "The Evolution of American Fragrances." The encapsulating Edwards plans to explore the evolution of American fragrances, from trends and notes, to legends that took the industry by storm. 

>>>Register today for early bird rates!<<<

In 1983, Edwards founded Fragrances of the World, the largest guide to perfume classification that has ever existed. The Fragrance Wheel explains the relationship between innate fragrance preferences and the fragrance families which is updated daily by Edwards and his team of evaluators, the database contains product information on over 36,000 fragrances from around the world, complete with a reference book titled, Fragrances of the World.

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The WPC 2024 speaker is also well-known for his books, including Perfume Legends which was first published in 1996 and is said to be one of the most significant books written on modern perfumery as creators, perfumers, couturiers, bottle designers and fragrance house executives spoke openly about their fragrances. The book was revised and updated in 2019, Perfume Legends II presenting new research, images and eight new legends.

In the December 2023 issue, we shared that Pura co-founder and CEO Bruno Lima is set to join the chief fragrance experience office Mara Dumski to discuss the company's journey, key partnerships as well as nuances of formulating for the smart diffuser. Other topics to explore the theme Fragrance Forward: Where Global Innovation & Creativity Meet include:

  • The Perfumer's Take on Artificial Intelligence Panel
  • Understanding The Supply Chain of Natural Ingredients Roundtable
  • The Role & Value of Influencers in Fragrance 
  • Consumer Wellness Fragrance & Beauty Trends
  • The Current State of Fragrance
  • Trend Forecasts & Innovations in Home Care Scents 
  • Regulatory Stewardship
  • ... and more to be announced!

In addition, the event will feature a bustling expo hall featuring unique fragrance ingredients from every corner of the globe, as well as the latest scent technology innovations. Interested in exhibiting? Contact Paige Crist ([email protected]).

Early Bird Registration

Scheduled for June 24-27 at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, the event hosts an expo hall, networking opportunities and conference sessions. WPC is the global stage for fragrance creativity, ingredients, technology and business—providing the ideal forum for discussing the industry’s latest issues and breakthroughs.

Early bird rates are now available for the three-day conference for $1,250, rates varying depending on the professional category. Attendees can also snag tickets for chosen days of the conference. More details can be found on the registration pagea.

Students are encouraged to attend the event and may qualify for a discounted rate. Please email a copy of your valid student ID or unofficial transcript from an accredited fragrance institution to [email protected] to receive your discount code. Please allow 24 hours to respond.     


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