December 2, 2019 - December 4, 2019

Skin Models in Cosmetic Science: Bridging Established Methods and Novel Technologies

The conference will start on Monday 02nd December at 12:30 and end on Wednesday 04th at noon.

The International Interdisciplinary Conference titled “Skin Models in Cosmetic Science: Bridging Established Methods and Novel Technologies” will be held from the 2nd to the 4th of December 2019 in Tours, France.

The Conference aims to bring together an international group of experts to discuss the state-of-the-art in the research and development of skin models and novel analytical techniques for efficacy and safety testing of cosmetic products. Talks and discussions will contrast various industrial and academic viewpoints and visions regarding the characterization and evaluation of cosmetic products, particularly as these relate to the use of in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models of human skin and non-invasive biophotonic techniques. The Conference will also address the topic of regulatory requirements for the validation of novel skin models and analytical techniques.

Talks and discussions will thus center on the following questions:

  • What are the roles of alternative skin models in the evaluation of cosmetic products?
  • Which skin models are appropriate for specific efficacy and/or safety applications and criteria?
  • What roles do non-invasive biophotonic techniques play in the evaluation of cosmetic products?
  • What are the necessary regulatory steps for adoption of the most promising biophotonic techniques, in order to incorporate them into or go beyond currently accepted evaluation methods?

A further aim is to highlight the research and development in the cosmetic sciences conducted with the region Centre-Val de Loire. Held in the heart of the Cosmetic Valley technopole, the Conference is meant to promote national and international collaborations across industry and academia. Regional, national and international scientists in the field are strongly encouraged to attend and present their research.

While a panel of renowned invited speakers will establish the actual context through plenary sessions, a strong emphasis will be given to young scientists. In each session slots for oral presentations will be dedicated to rising scientists in the field to offer them a chance to present their work and to encourage their participation in the discussions.

Student participation is also strongly encouraged. To this end, the Conference includes a poster session preceded by a flash presentation session. Students who wish to may present their work in 2-3 min talks in order to initiate discussions in front of their posters. 

This international conference is organised in the framework of the ARD 2020 Cosmetosciences Programme.


  • In vivo and excised human skin in cosmetic sciences
    Advantages and limitations, complementarity for efficacy and safety testing, etc.
  • Human reconstructed skin for cosmetic R&D
    Advantages and limitations for efficacy and safety testing, etc.
  • Novel skin equivalent models and their characterization
    Synthetic, lipid membranes, skin equivalents, skin-on-chip, 3D bioprinted skin, barrier composition and properties. 
  • Non-invasive biophotonic techniques in cosmetic sciences
    Multiphoton microscopy / FLIM, Raman spectroscopy, optical coherence tomography, photothermal IR spectroscopy, comparison to other analytical techniques.


Confirmed speakers

Oral presentations & posters

Abstracts for oral presentation and poster should be submitted before Monday 28th October 2019. Please upload your abstract during the registration or send it before the deadline to

The number of oral presentations is limited, convenors will process a selection and confirm your presentation not later than Thursday 31th October 2019.
Please note that we do not print the posters, but racks & pins will be provided for up to A0 sizes, portrait format.

Please download the template for oral presentation.
Please download the template for poster presentation.


Hôtel de Ville : Boulevard Heurteloup - 37000 TOURS - FR

The event will take place in the city centre at the Hotel de Ville of Tours located Square Jean-Jaures and very near the main train station. This elegant building was designed in the early 20th century by Victor Laloux, the architect of the Gare d'Orsay in Paris (now the Musée d'Orsay).  Its monumental stairs, paintings and sculptures make it a recommended place to visit. Participants will also have the opportunity to discover French cuisine and Loire Valley wines during an evening social.


Preliminary programme

Monday December 2nd 2019

  • 12:30    Welcome lunch & registration
  • 14:00    Official Opening

​Session 1

  • 14:30    Invited speaker 1
  • 15:00    Oral presentation 1
  • 15:20    Oral presentation 2
  • 15:40    Oral presentation 3
  • 16:00    Coffee break

Session 2

  • 16:30    Invited speaker 2
  • 17:00    Oral presentation 4
  • 17:20    Oral presentation 5
  • 17:40    Oral presentation 6
  • 18:00    Poster flash presentations
  • 18:30    Public Lecture in French
  • 20:00    Wine & cheese cocktail at Tours city hall

Tuesday December 3rd 2019

  • 08:45    Welcome coffee

Session 3

  • 09:00    Invited speaker 3
  • 09:30    Oral presentation 7
  • 09:50    Oral presentation 8
  • 10:10    Oral presentation 9
  • 10:30    Coffee break

​Session 4

  • 11:00    Invited speaker 4
  • 11:30    Oral presentation 10
  • 11:50    Oral presentation 11
  • 12:10    Oral presentation 12
  • 12:30    Lunch

Session 5

  • 14:00    Invited speaker 5
  • 14:30    Oral presentation 13
  • 14:50    Oral presentation 14
  • 15:10    Oral presentation 15
  • 12:30    Coffee break & Posters session

​Session 6

  • 17:00    Invited speaker 6
  • 17:30    Oral presentation 16
  • 17:50    Oral presentation 17
  • 18:10    Oral presentation 18
  • 18:30    Bus to gala dinner venue

Wednesday December 4th 2019

  • 08:45    Welcome coffee

Session 7

  • 09:00    Invited speaker 7
  • 09:30    Oral presentation 19
  • 09:50    Oral presentation 20
  • 10:10    Oral presentation 21
  • 10:30    Coffee break

​Session 8

  • 11:00    Invited speaker 8
  • 11:30    Oral presentation 22
  • 11:50    Oral presentation 23
  • 12:10    Oral presentation 24
  • 12:30    Concluding remarks & Lunch box distribution


(Including two lunches, a Wine & Cheese cocktail and the coffee breaks)

Private institutions 250 EUR
Public institutions 180 EUR
Students & PhD Scholars 75 EUR
Social dinner 60 EUR

Partners of the event