We are pleased to share some exciting updates on TU Dublin’s dissemination and communication activities in the Up4Health project. TU Dublin has engaged in three activities to promote the project among external stakeholders and to progress Up4Health’s goal of contributing to the standardisation landscape.

On March 8th, 2023, Dr. Catherine Barry-Ryan, hosted a visit by the Innovation team of the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Development, Northern Ireland to TU Dublin. Dr. Lubna Ahmed introduced the team to the Food Innovation Lab’s research capabilities and ongoing national and international innovation projects in the food and drink sector including the Up4Health project. Maame Ekua Manful introduced Up4Health and TU Dublin’s role in facilitating regulatory compliance, safety evaluations and standardisation activities of the value-added ingredients in the project.

Visit to the Innovation team of the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Development, Northern Ireland to TU Dublin

TU Dublin participated in a virtual meeting with the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Technical Committee on Cosmetics (ISO/TC 217) on March 15th, 2023. The meeting was convened by Elena Ordozgoiti (Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE) and Elham Ghasemi, Secretary of the ISO/TC 217.   Dr. Catherine Barry-Ryan, Dr. Lubna Ahmed and Maame Ekua Manful attended the meeting with the ISO Technical Committee. Maame Ekua Manful, on behalf of the TU Dublin team, introduced the Up4Health project and Partners, the expected contribution to the regional and global bioeconomy agenda, and examples of Up4Health’s value-added extracts.  TU Dublin’s presentation highlighted the validation of natural extracts in cosmetic products (by Zade Vital) and the progress of the standardisation activities in partnership with UNE. The meeting was an opportunity to explore opportunities for Up4Health’s contribution to the standardisation landscape in the cosmetic sector.

Dr. Grassa paid a 3-day visit to TU Dublin’s School of Food Science and Environmental Health and research centres including the Food Innovation Lab and Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute (ESHI). As part of her visit from the 22nd to 24th February 2023, Dr. Grassa toured the school’s research facilities and delivered a guest lecture on her research at the Universidad de Zaragoza in Spain. Dr. Catherine Barry-Ryan discussed with Dr. Laura Grassa about various research activities of the School of Food Science and Environmental Health. Dr. Lubna Ahmed introduced Dr. Grassa to Food Innovation Lab’s collaborations with industry partners, as well as its involvement in international projects such as the Up4Health Project. Maame Ekua Manful spoke about the Up4Health project and TU Dublin’s role of facilitating market access of the value-added ingredients by ensuring their safety and regulatory compliance.

All the three activities provided opportunities to introduce the Up4Health project to external stakeholders and to discuss opportunities for collaboration on standardisation activities in the cosmetic industry. These activities demonstrate TU Dublin’s commitment to promoting the project and engaging with external stakeholders to maximise the impact of the Up4Health project.


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