Conference Programme

Day 1: 20/09/2023

18:30-20:00 Registration

18:30 -22:00 Welcome Reception – Art Exhibition Office (Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych), Jana III Sobieskiego 18, Rzeszów city center (

Day 2: 21/09/2023

08:30 – 12:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:25 Opening Ceremony: Prof. Agata Jurkowska-Gomułka, Vice-Rector for Science and International Collaboration, UITM in Rzeszów;  Prof. Kazimierz Głowniak, Head of the Department of Cosmetology UITM in Rzeszów and the Chairman of the NCIM Organizing Committee; Prof. Franz Bucar, The Phytochemical Society of Europe

09:25 – 9:50 Opening lecture: Austrian Drug Screening Institute – Bridging Basic Research and Industry – Prof. Günther K. Bonn (Austrian Drug Screening Institute, University of Innsbruck, Austria)

9:50 – 11:50 Session I “Innovative sources of natural cosmetic ingredients”

Chair: Dr hab. Katarzyna Gaweł-Bęben, Dr Simon Vlad Luca

09:50 – 10:15 Classic and innovative biotechnological methods for obtaining of cosmetic raw materials from exotic plant speciesProf. Halina Ekiert, Dr hab. Agnieszka Szopa (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland)

10:15 – 10:45 Evolving trends in extracting, fractionating, and separating natural bio-active ingredients from green herbal biomass of potential importance to phyto-cosmetic industry worldwideProf. Henry O. Meissner (NICM, TTD International, Sydney, Australia)

10:45 – 11:05 Biological photoprotectives from fruit rinds of Garcinia indica: an approach beyond sun protection factorDr Manjushri A. Deodhar (University of Mumbai, India)

11:05 – 11:25 Urolithin A – a postbiotic metabolite of natural ellagitannins as an innovative molecule for skin inflammationsProf. Sebastian Granica (Medical University of Warsaw, Poland)

11:25 – 11:45 Innovations – the possible sources of inspirationDr Danuta Raj (Wrocław Medical University, Poland)

11:45 – 12:30 Coffee Break + Poster Session

12:30 – 14:30 Session II “Modern technologies in natural cosmetic formulations”

Chair: Prof. Wirginia Kukuła-Koch, Prof. Rudolf Bauer

12:30 – 13:00 Challenges in cosmetic formulations – our studies focused on nanocosmeticsProf. Ilkay Erdogan Orhan (Gazi University, Ankara,  Türkiye)

13:00 – 13:30 CosmoGreen Project: active green solvents for eco-friendly, high-value cosmetic productsProf. Marijana Zovko Končić (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

13:30 – 13:50 Reconstructed human skin models and cosmetics safetyDr Silvia Letasiova (MatTek, Bratislava, Slovakia)

13:50 – 14:10 The effectiveness of the selected plant secondary metabolites as the functional ingredients in cosmetic formulationsDr Magdalena Malinowska (Cracow University of Technology, Poland)

14:10 – 14:30 Nanoformulated essential oils for cosmetic applications – Dr hab. Elwira Sieniawska (Medical University of Lublin, Poland)

14:30 – 15:30 Lunch

15:30 – 17:20 Session III “Methods of extraction and isolation of natural cosmetic ingredients”

Chair: Prof. Marijana Zovko Končić, Prof. Sebastian Granica

15:30 – 16:00 Polyphenols as preventive agents for viral infectionsProf. Rudolf Bauer (University of Graz, Austria)

16:00 – 16:20 Probing Greek flora towards the discovery of novel cosmetic entities employing chemical and biological profiling approaches Prof. Maria Halabalaki (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)

16:20 – 16:40 Identification of novel bioactive natural compounds, using in vivo zebrafish phenotypic assaysDr Dimitris Beis (University of Ioannina, Greece)

16:40 – 17:00 Extraction and analysis of cosmetically relevant alkylamidesProf. Franz Bucar (University of Graz, Austria)

17:00 – 17:20 Exploring phytocannabinoids as potential cosmeceuticalsDr Simon Vlad Luca (Technical University of Munich, Germany)

19:00 – 23:00 Conference Dinner – Taberna pod Sosnami, Kielnarowa (

Day 3: 22/09/2023

09:00 – 11:00 Session IV “Global trends in natural cosmetics”

Chair: Prof. Agnieszka Szopa, Prof. Maria Halabalaki

09:00 – 09:30 Discovering of novel raw materials for cosmetics industry:  fruit and vegetable seed oilsProf. Nazim Şekeroğlu (University of Gaziantep, Türkiye)

09:30 – 10:00 2023 trends and changing requirements for natural cosmetics – Viktoria Potko (NaTrue, Brussels, Belgium)

10:00 – 10:15 Skin-health promoting properties of natural products coming from plants of the Greek floraDr Aikaterini Argyropoulou (PharmaGnose, Athens, Greece)

10:15 – 10:30 Cosmetic and antiglycation potential of Spirulina platensis extract Dr Ahmad Ali (Univeristy of Mumbai, India)

10:30 – 10:45 Cinnamic acid derivatives as emerging ingredients of cosmetic formulations for hyperpigmentation disorders – Dr hab. Agnieszka Gunia-Krzyżak (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland)

10:45 – 11:00 Study of obtaining the ointment base from livestock fatDr Daariimaa Khurelbat (Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

11:00 – 11:15 Microbiome Stimuli Base, innovative solution for psoriasis skin care Dr Magdalena Biesiadecka (Orcideo, UITM, Rzeszów, Poland)

11:15 – 12:00 Coffee break + Poster Session

12:00 – 13:00 Session V – Short presentations of selected posters

Chair: Prof. Halina Ekiert, Prof. Franz Bucar

12:00 – 12:10 Changes in the biological activity of Hamamelidis cortex extract after incubation with skin microbiotaWeronika Skowrońska (Medical University of Warsaw, Poland)

12:10 – 12:20 The assessment of polyphenolic content and biological activities of the extracts from in vitro cultures of selected Vitis vinifera cultivars Marta Sharafan (Cracow University of Technology, Poland)

12:20 – 12:30 Development of an in vitro test method for irritation of medical devices used in the oral cavityMarek Puskar (MatTek, Bratislava, Slovakia)

12:30-12:40 Potential cosmetic application of extracts from aerial parts of eight Hemerocallis cultivarsDr hab. Katarzyna Dos Santos Szewczyk (Medical University of Lublin, Poland)

12:40 – 12:50  Nanoencapsulation of bioactive compounds from plant by products to produce sensitive skin cosmeticsDr Stefan Martens (Edmund Mach Foundation, Italy)

12:50 – 13:00 Anti-proliferative potential of β-damascenone and related C13-norisoprenoidsDr Teresa Pirker (University of Graz, Austria)

13:00 – 13:10 Award ceremony

13:10 – 13:20 Closing remarks

13:20 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:15 MatTek Workshop (for registered participants)

15:15 – 16:15 Urtica Technologies/Orcideo Workshop (for registered participants)

16:30 – 17:30 Formulation of Natural Cosmetics Workshop (for registered participants)

The final programme of the conference may be changed for resons beyond the Organizer’s control.

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