Kick-off meeting InTiCosm

InTiCosm Kick-Off meeting

The kick-off meeting for the "InTiCosm" project took place on 18 January 2021 from 10am to 12.30pm. An opportunity to discover the ambition behind the "Innovative Trends in Cosmetics" project.


10h00 Opening speech (Sandrine Bouquillon URCA) 10h05 Structure of the project : Workpackages and Communication(Houda Ziou URCA)

10h10 Cargos for green cosmetics :

1.About bio-sourced dendrimers (Katia Bacha / Sandrine Bouquillon URCA)

2.Cosmetic applications of poly(2-oxazoline)s: From general aspects to pickering emulsions (Véronique Rataj ULille / Richard Hoogenboom UGhent/ Valentin Bardoula ULille et UGhent)

3.Enzymatic functionalisation of green compounds with antioxidant molecules and their application in cosmetics (Winnie Dejonghe / Yamini Satyawali VITO)

11h10 Interaction with skin biomimetic membranes and cytotoxic effect (Magali Deleu ULiege et Jean Claude Monboisse URCA) 11h30 Continuous chemistry: technological innovation for the Cosmetic industry (Julien Estager Certech)

11h50 Testimony from the Cosmetic network (Amandine GOUBERT Cosmetic Valley) 12h00 Q&A’s

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Kick-off meeting

InTiCosm: Kick-off meeting

The University of Reims Champagne Ardenne organized with its partners a videoconference Kick-off meeting for the InTiCosm project on January 18th 2021!

Katia Bacha Doctorante du projet InTiCosm

Interview Katia Bacha

Doctoral student working on the InTiCosm project, discover here the portrait of Katia Bacha in an interview where she shares with us her research, her project and her motivations.

Many of them have joined Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech to complete their doctoral thesis. Katia Bacha is one of these young doctoral students. She began her studies and thesis in France, at the University of Reims. She is working on a subject that is both cutting edge and full of potential: cosmetics. She joined the research group of Magali Deleu, Researcher in the Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics at Interfaces. Her research focuses on the InTiCosm project (1), a project supported by INTERREG IV France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen (2) financed by the ERDF fund.

Could you introduce yourself in a few words?

Katia Bacha: "I am a second-year doctoral student in a joint supervision between the University of Reims in the laboratory of Professor Sandrine Bouquillon at the ICMR (Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de Reims) and the University of Liège. Since mid-September, I have joined Ms Deleu's team to complete my research. I was selected to work on the following subject: "The contribution of biosourced dendrimers in the field of cosmetics". I will continue my research for 3 months in Belgium and then return to France to complete my research and write my thesis.

What area are you investigating?

K.B.: "You have to know that many active ingredients used in cosmetic compositions are unstable. They undergo oxidation and degradation due to the effects of air, light, etc. My research aims to develop biosourced dendrimers (macromolecules obtained by successive grafting) as encapsulation matrices for cosmetic actives. These include caffeine (slimming agent), DHA (tanning agent) and vitamin C (antioxidant).

What motivates you most in your work?

K.B.: "First of all, I am very happy to have been able to join a centre of excellence like Gembloux. Furthermore, I believe that this research will certainly have an impact on the daily lives of many people. It is also very motivating to work in two laboratories that collaborate well and with people who guide me very effectively in my work.

What are your future prospects?

K.B.: "Following my research, I will write my thesis and defend it (once in Belgium, in front of experts in the field, and a second time in France in front of a wider audience). Afterwards, I obviously want to work in the cosmetics sector as a research engineer. I know that this requires a lot of qualifications, so I am working in this perspective.

What do you think of your first contacts with Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech?

K.B.: "They are very good but, from a human point of view, I don't really have the opportunity to participate in the social life because I work a lot and, in addition, the Covid crisis complicates everything. In fact, I was originally supposed to go to Belgium in March, but I had to postpone my trip because of the first confinement.

InTiCosm: The InTiCosm project aims to develop cross-border biobased compounds and their use in cosmetic formulation. This study is led by Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, URCA, ULille, UGent, CERTECH, Vito, Accustica, Pole IAR, GreenWin and Catalisti.

INTERREG France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen: is a European territorial cooperation programme Interreg France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen which aims to promote economic and social exchanges between four border regions: the Hauts-de-France and Grand Est regions in France; Wallonia, West and East Flanders in Belgium. It aims to combine common competences while enhancing the wealth of each region concerned, for the benefit of the populations of the area.


Conference postponed: What about "green" innovation in cosmetics ?

The municipal library of Reims welcomes Professor Sandrine Bouquillon as part of their Eureka conference cycle to discuss green cosmetics and the InTiCosm project.

The conference will take place on Thursday 26th November 2020 at 7 pm at the Jean Falala media library.

Access to this conference is free but registration is compulsory, for more information on the modalities please contact 03 26 35 68 00

IntiCosm Logo

Green cosmetics

Like every year, Health Month returns with several events that run from March 1 to March 31, 2020. It is within this framework that the Inticosm project in cooperation with Accustica and IUTL is organizing a conference on green cosmetics.

This event aims to discuss the use of plant-derived products in cosmetics and their place in research. It will also allow participants to discover the Interreg IntiCosm project where European laboratories are collaborating to create new capsules for cosmetic active ingredients that are environmentally friendly.

If you are interested in this subject, join us on March 20, 2020 for this conference at the Maison Saint Sixte in Reims.

Follow this link for more information.

Inticosm on Radio

The Inticosm project was presented on the radio this Sunday, December 1st by Mrs Sandrine Bouquillon.

This Sunday, December 1st, 2019, Sandrine Bouquillon was invited on the radio show "Maison France Bleu" to discuss her job as a researcher.

She had the opportunity to present the Inticosm project and explain its importance to Chloé Bidet, the radio host at France Bleu Champagne Ardenne.

You can find the complete program by clicking here.

Chloé Bidet, Sandrine Bouquillon et Michel Godin, Image de Radio France