This has been not only another busy few months but also highly enjoyable. I hope that I have captured an essence of this in what I have selected for you in this new edition of ICATS News, for release to coincide with the 2015 IFEAT Conference.
Well in this issue it’s time to get to know some our current students, past students and two new ICATS staff members. It’s great to know how ICATS has helped professionals develop in their careers and also to hear where their life in perfumery has led. Our new examiner Dave Harwood and tutor Peter Whipps introduce themselves, while it is time to say goodbye to our treasured colleague John Ayres, who is taking retirement at the end of the year. There is nothing more valuable than experience and looking at the lives of all those featured will give you great insight into the vibrant and multi-faceted nature of our amazing business.
There is a large feature on the BSP Perfumery Weekend attended by the entire ICATS team and supported by IFEAT. This was great fun and a wonderful learning experience for the delegates. As you will see all the BSP team, guest lecturers and ICATS got fully involved with all aspects of activities and had an exhausting but fabulous time ourselves. You will also find details of our initiative with local school Plymouth College to run a simplified perfumery brief designed to get young people interested in the aroma trades. Two key events the BSP and BSF Symposia are also covered, both offering industry-led innovation presented in an inventive and interesting way.
As ever, Tony Curtis has found some fascinating books and news articles to bring to your attention, while I have taken you back in time to the burgeoning perfumery trade of the Mediterranean Bronze Age, 3000 years ago.
There should be something for everyone in this packed edition of ICATS News so I hope you enjoy reading. Please let me know if there is anything you would like me to feature in the next edition!