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

December 02, 2019 - December 04, 2019

Hôtel de Ville de Tours
Place Jean Jaurès
37000 Tours



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.



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


      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.



      (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

      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.


      Monday December 2nd 2019

      • 12:30    Welcome lunch and registration
      • 14:00    Official opening: Vice President of the University of Tours and LE STUDIUM
      • ​14:30    Emmanuelle Percheron, Cosmétosciences Programme

      ​Session 1: In vivo and excised human skin in cosmetic sciences

      • 14:45    Dr Francis Vial - How to evaluate the efficacy of anti-aging products by in vivo approach?
      • 15:15    Dr Robert Maidhof - Skin autofluorescence as a predictor of epidermal proliferation and clinical performance of cosmetic formulations
      • 15:45    Dr Claudio Nico - Non-invasive in vivo analysis of the skin by Raman spectroscopy – an old technique with a new method for quantitative results of the penetration of topically applied materials
      • 16:15    Coffee break

      Session 2: Human reconstructed skin in cosmetic sciences - industry viewpoint

      • 16:45    Dr Christian Pellevoisin - 3D models, a tool for routine screening and discovery of new application areas
      • 17:15    Dr Helena Kandarova - Skin models in cosmetic science from an industry perspective - standardized tissue models for correct hazard identification and safety testing
      • 17:45    Dr Michael Pastore - Nativeskin®, a ready-to-use living human skin assay to test the efficacy and safety of dermocosmetics
      • 18:05    Poster flash presentations (2 mins)
      • 18:45    Public lecture in French: Franck Bonnier / Yuri Dancik : Produits cosmétiques: Parlons pénétration cutanée!
      • 20:00    Wine and cheese cocktail - Hôtel de ville

      Tuesday December 3rd 2019

      • 08:30    Welcome coffee

      Session 3: Ex vivo skin methodologies

      • 09:00    Dr Hanan Osman-Ponchet - Use of alternative skin models in safety and efficacy testing of cosmetic products
      • 09:30    Dr Victoria Klang - Application of ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy and Confocal Raman Spectroscopy for ex vivo skin penetration studies
      • 10:00    Dr Laurène Roussel-Berlier - The Future Trends of Cutaneous Bioavailability for Cosmetic Industry
      • 10:20   Coffee break

      ​Session 4: Novel skin equivalent models and their characterization

      • 10:50    Prof. Joke Bouwstra - Barrier properties of human skin models
      • 11:20    Dr Francisca Erdő - Skin-on-a-Chip Device for Ex Vivo Monitoring of Transdermal Drug Delivery
      • 11:40    Dr Catherine Grillon - Skin physioxia as a new parameter to improve in vitro skin models
      • 12:00    Mariana Carrancá - Evaluation of a novel tunable lysine dendrimers and polyethylene glycol hydrogel as a three dimensional matrix to support tissue formation and the development of full thickness skin models
      • 12:20    Lunch

      Session 5 part 1: Non-invasive techniques in cosmetic sciences

      • 13:40    Prof. Karsten KönigIn vivo multiphoton tomography
      • 14:10    Dr Ana-Maria Pena - Multiphoton imaging in cosmetics research from in vitro to in vivo
      • 14:30    Dr Jonas Ogien - Non-invasive characterization of skin in depth using LC-OCT
      • 15:00    Prof. Ali Tfayli - Methodologies for cutaneous investigations: analytical chemistry for in vivo, excised and reconstructed human skin characterization
      • 15:30    Coffee break / Poster viewing session

      Session 5 part 2: Non-invasive techniques in cosmetic sciences 

      • 16:00    Dr Maxim Darvin - Important features in determination of the water profile of the stratum corneum in untreated and treated skin using confocal Raman microscopy
      • 16:30    Fatima Alsamad - Assessment of Advanced Glycation End-products by Raman Spectroscopy
      • 16:50    Dr Yuri Dancik - Study of the effects of storage conditions on the barrier function of reconstructed human epidermis by confocal Raman spectroscopy
      • 17:10    Coffee break
      • 18:00    Guided visit of the historical center of Tours
      • 20:00    Gala dinner at Château Belmont

      Wednesday December 4th 2019

      • 08:45    Welcome coffee

      ​Session 6: Imaging in cosmetic sciences

      • 09:00    Prof. Malcolm Clench - Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Skin Models: A Powerful Technique for The Study of Cosmetics, Drugs and Toxicants
      • 09:30    Dr Guillaume Collet - Laser scanning confocal macroscopy in the near-infrared: If we can see through the skin, we can see inside
      • 09:50    DrJean-Marc Grégoire - High resolution ultrasound imaging of the skin: principle, some clinical applications and novelties
      • 10:10    Aline Stella - Simultaneous estimation of spectra and penetration profile in Raman imaging by non-supervised MCR-ALS: application to active cosmetic ingredient tracking into the skin
      • 10:30    Coffee break

      Session 7: Method development, cellular response 

      • 11:00    DrAndy Forreryd - GARD®skin for in vitro assessment of skin sensitizers using a genomic biomarker signature and machine learning technology
      • 11:20    Dr Anna Gustafsson - Effect of IFN-γ on the kynurenine pathway in monolayer-cultured keratinocytes and 3D reconstructed human epidermis model -can the kynurenine/tryptophan ratio serve as biomarker in disordered skin?
      • 11:40    Ulises Lopez Gonzalez - Analysis of stimulated solar radiation effects of in vitro skin models by Raman spectroscopy            
      • 12:00    Joudi Bakar - Comprehensive characterization and simultaneous analysis of overall epidermis layer lipids using LC/HR-MSn
      • 12:20    Best poster awardsconcluding remarks and Lunch box distribution

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