Impact of Food Processing on Human Health 2018 (Food & Health 2018)

The France Excellence 2018 Summer School "Impact of Food Processing on Human Health 2018" will take place from July 2nd to July 27th 2018 in University of Lille.

“Impact of Food Processing on Human Health” (Food & Health 2018)

From protein glycation to other nutritional concerns for a better health.






The 2018 France Excellence Summer School “Impact of Food Processing on Human Health” (Food & Health 2018) is co-organised by the Communauté d’Universités et Établissements Lille Nord de France (ComUE LNF), Lille University School of Medicine, the Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle and the Institut Pasteur de Lille.


Food & Health 2018 will focus on the fundamental aspects of food, nutrition and health. Particular emphasis will be laid on the effects of processing on the nutritional, sanitary and organoleptic qualities of foods and their consequences on human health from birth to adulthood. Innovative strategies to preserve the nutritional quality of food and to mitigate the formation of unwanted Maillard reaction products during processing will be discussed.


This Summer School will provide, on two advanced and lively scientific campuses, high-standard English-taught classes, meetings with top-tier researchers in the field as well as an introduction to research through a supervised project. ECTS credits will be delivered to the student attendees. A personalised Certificate of Completion will be provided to each participant for their achievements.


All the information regarding this Summer School will be available by December 15th on the following website: 



-> Seizing the chance to discover the research community in leading universities and research institutes with a perspective to prepare a PhD thesis in France in the agro-food & health sector.


In Asia and other continents, processed food sector has grown quickly in the past several decades, just as it is projected to grow rapidly into the future (Reardon et al. 2014). Nowadays, more than 90 % of all food undergoes some processing among which heat treatment is the most commonly used method. In this context, the field of Maillard reaction in food has recently re-emerged. This reaction which takes place between carbohydrates and proteins at high cooking temperatures and causes the formation of flavour and yellow to brown colours was already well documented. Little is known, however, about the formation of other Maillard reaction products (MRPs) such as acrylamide and carboxymethyllysine, which may be toxic.


MRPs, also called “glycation products”, have been shown to be present at significant amounts in a variety of domestically and industrially heat-treated foodstuffs including infant formula. Clinical studies indicate that modern diets, which contain a high MRPs content, may have an impact on human health. The main biological effects of MRPs will be discussed in the Food & Health 2018 Summer School. In addition, the scientific programme will explore broader aspects of nutrition including infant nutrition and malnutrition among elderly.


The scientific programme will be organised by the Glycation-Ageing research laboratory (multidisciplinary translational research team) from Lille University School of Medicine and the PETALES research laboratory (UP Transformations & Agro-Resources 2018.C103) from the Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle. These two research laboratories are renowned centres for the study of glycation, nutrition and health. They are also co-founders of the Francophone Maillard Reaction Society (FMaRS). The third co-founder (Reims University) will also be involved in the programme. In addition, the Longevity Research Centre from the Institut Pasteur de Lille will bring its international expertise in nutrition and ageing, and will host some key lectures.


The Glycation-Ageing and PETALES research laboratories offer PhD theses on human health and nutrition in collaboration with local and international agro-food and pharmaceutical companies.


As a member of the International Association of Lasallian Universities, the Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle ( belongs to several educational and scientific networks and has developped strong partnerships at local, national and international level. Since 2010, UniLaSalle has organised an annual spring semester in Nutritional Sciences for international students. This experience will benefit the Food & Health 2018 Summer School.


Lille University School of Medicine ( is an internationally recognised leader in medical education and research, with more than 50 active partnerships and programmes around the world. This School of Medicine has joint programmes with two francophone medical training curricula in China, at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and the Wuhan University School of Medicine. It also has an inter-hospital collaboration with the Shenyang University Hospital.


-> Broadening your international experience under enjoyable and secure conditions in the most dynamic area of North-West Europe, with full access to the francophone world.


Midway between Paris, London and Brussels, you will be given the opportunity to learn French, discover French society and culture and visit historical and natural sites of the Hauts-de-France region. Cultural and social events will enable you to meet other international students and communicate in Chinese, English and French in a relaxed and festive atmosphere.


In Beauvais, accommodation, meals and cultural visits will be organised by the department of International Relations. In Lille, the cultural and linguistic programme, as well as the welcome services (accommodation and catering included), will be offered by the International Academy, the Summer University for international students at the Communauté d’Universités et Établissements Lille Nord de France.


The International Academy is devoted to offering services to international students incoming on pre-PhD degrees, filling the requirements of the France Excellence Programme that focuses on potential integration of a PhD in France.


The linguistic and socio-cultural programme ensures your full immersion into the life of the International Academy summer campus, which will admit, during the summer, students worldwide on individual mobility or on an exchange programme with France. The International Academy fosters integration and interactive exchange between students from various disciplines.






This programme is all-inclusive: accommodation, food, cultural trips as well as transportation (except for the flight to and from China) are covered.


All communication regarding the welcome services will be provided in English and Chinese.


You will first be staying on UniLaSalle Beauvais Campus (from Monday July 2nd to Monday July 9th) and then in Lille metropolis (from Monday July 9th to Friday July 27th).



-> Before your arrival


As soon as you have been admitted, the COPAIN association and local Chinese PhD students will run a group via the WeChat application to the benefit of our 2018 France Excellence Summer Schools participants.


The COPAIN association provides Northern France Chinese students with administrative, logistical and cultural support before and during their mobility.


-> Your arrival in France


The COPAIN association will welcome you at Paris Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport (CDG) on Monday July 2nd at 12 am and you will be driven directly to your residence in Beauvais.

Courses start on Tuesday July 3rd 2018


-> Your return to China


The COPAIN association will drive you back to Paris Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport (CDG) on Friday July 27th at 12 am.

Courses end on Wednesday 25th 2018


-> Your accommodation in Beauvais (July 2nd to 9th)


You will be staying on a beautiful 25-acre landscaped international campus.

You will be lodging in an either shared or individual 18 square meter room, equipped with a private bathroom and a collective kitchen, as well as an unlimited wifi/ethernet access.

Your hall of residence will be located 15 min away from the city centre by bus.


-> Your transfer from Beauvais to Lille (July 9th)


You will be driven by bus from Beauvais to your residence in Lille metropolis.


-> Your accommodation in Lille (July 9th to 27th)


You will be staying on the scientific campus next to Lilliad in the International Residence Hall (named REEFLEX) where you can take advantage of informal conversations with the international scientific community.


You will be housed in a 16-18 square meter furnished room, with private bathroom and unlimited wifi access.

The REEFLEX residence hall is close to the “Cité Scientifique” metro station: 10 min to Lille city centre and 3 min to the popular V2 Shopping Mall.


-> Your catering


Your breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be booked throughout your stay: these will be delivered to your hall of residence, served in university canteen or in town.


We have done our utmost to offer you a variety of restaurants and different meals each time. We hope you will be delighted to taste our French food!


As we know it may be harsh to suddenly switch from one diet to another, we have decided to offer you typical Chinese dishes here and there throughout your food programme. You will also be given a pre-payed card to buy your own food.


-> Your transport in Beauvais


You will be provided vouchers or tickets enabling you to travel around the picturesque city of Beauvais, as well as to and from the Campus.


-> Your transport in Lille


On your first day in Lille you will be given a TRANSPOLE travel card: (local transportation company). This card will provide unlimited travel around Lille metropolis by underground, bus, tram and train network.






3 hours of the schedule will be devoted to receiving you in official events.


Introduction to the programme: Orientation (1.5 hours) preceded by a coffee greeting (Tuesday July 3rd).

Conclusion of the programme: Closing Ceremony (1.5 hours) followed by a cocktail (Wednesday July 25th).






Over half of the programme will consist of a 60-hour scientific curriculum taught in English.

You will attend top scientific lectures and meetings with leading researchers in the field of food processing, glycation, nutrition, health and longevity, and you will receive an introduction to research through a supervised project. The quality of the work undertaken and your scientific potential will be assessed.


60 hours of scientific programme:


At the Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle (Beauvais):

• Courses and Seminars (7.5 hours)

• Practical Work in the PETALES research laboratory (10.5 hours)

• Scientific Project – Part A (1.5 hours)


At Lille University School of Medicine (Lille):

• Courses and Seminars (14 hours)

• Conference (1.5 hours)

• Scientific Project – Part B (7.5 hours)

• Assessment (3 hours)

• Scientific and Industrial Visits (4 hours)


At the Institut Pasteur de Lille (Lille):

• Courses and Seminars (7.5 hours)

• Conference (1.5 hours)

• Visit of the Institut Pasteur Museum (1.5 hours)


-> Content Outline


Lectures: Introduction to food processing including innovative methods such as ozone treatment, nutritional loss and organoleptic changes during food processing, food safety including pasteurisation and sterilisation, introduction to human nutrition, infant nutrition and health, nutritional risk factors for degenerative diseases, gut flora nutrition immunity and health, age-related denutrition, French paradox,  editerranean diet and health benefits.


Practical works on vitamin losses and flavour changes during cooking (6 hours), and also on the baking of French croissants and pains au chocolat (4.5 hours) will be proposed in the analytical laboratory of the Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle.


A seminar associated to a practical work about the use of Caenorhabditis elegans in nutrition and ageing research will be organised at Lille University School of Medicine.


A conference by an agro-food company on “Protein quality and Health” will be proposed.


Finally, 2018 France Excellence students will be given a transverse conference on scientific research in France.


-> The Scientific Research Project


Designed to facilitate your admission to Doctoral programmes in France, the Scientific Research Project will require both personal and teamwork. It will include 2 sessions of tutorials and a last session of presentation of the results and discussion with researchers and PhD students from the Glycation-Ageing and PETALES research laboratories.

The project will involve the analysis of articles on vitamin degradation during food processing, bibliographical summaries, data analysis from the practical work on vitamin losses and flavour changes during cooking, and final project defense in front of the scientific board.


The Scientific Research Project of Food & Health 2018 will therefore be a springboard for your enrolment in a PhD programme in France in the field of agro-food and ageing.


-> Location


The scientific programme of the 2018 France Excellence Summer School “Impact of Food Processing on Human Health” will take place at three different places: at the Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle of Beauvais, which is one of the largest engineering schools operating under an agreement with the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Forestry; at Lille University School of Medicine, which is the largest training and research centre for physicians in France, and at the Institut Pasteur de Lille, which is a member of the International network of Pasteur Institutes and which has recently opened a unique longevity research centre in France.


NB: Minor changes to the scientific programme may occur.






A fair share of the schedule will be devoted to a linguistic, social and cultural programme delivered in English and Chinese.


You will be offered exciting teachings on the following subjects: the French Language, Culture and Society, Intercultural Communication. A final assessment (beginner’s level) of the knowledge and skills acquired in French for Foreigners during the session will close your training.


The programme will be augmented with cultural visits and social events accompanied by the COPAIN association – a great occasion to meet other students in a more relaxed framework and to chat with professors and researchers in a friendly atmosphere. When appropriate, you will be mixed with fellow 2018 France Excellence students.


56 hours of linguistic, social and cultural programme:


• French for Foreigners (18 hours)

• French Society (3 hours)

• Intercultural Communication (3 hours)

• Assessment (2 hours)

• Regional Nature & Culture (30 hours)


-> French for Foreigners


Getting to level A1. General written and spoken French: syntax, morphology, vocabulary, phonology.

Courses will enable you to strengthen your linguistic knowledge and improve your communication skills in day-today French. You will learn how to interact and, through appropriate and various activities in connection with daily life, you will get involved in the French culture.


-> French Society


French space, how better to apprehend its social and cultural context than in France?

Some cultural keys together with a little geography in both regional and national dimensions, major social issues, main historic facts since the Modern period, France in the European Union.


-> Intercultural Communication


An introduction to main elements: uniformity, difference and diversity.

How better to adapt to a new environment? You will be invited to question your own ongoing cross-cultural experience and acculturation strategies. You will be brought to find keys and make the best of your potential while studying in France.


-> Location

Language and cultural classes will take place in the state-of-the-art building of Sciences Po Lille, perfectly located in downtown Lille.


-> Regional Nature & Culture

Cultural site visits of exceptional historic and socio-economic interest as well as a local festive event will be included in the programme.


The Hauts-de-France region is typified by its agrarian economy, its ancient trade fairs tradition, its medieval architecture, its former textile and mine industries steeped in the Catholic values of its captains, its maritime and Flemish borders, its vivid memory of wounds inflicted by two world wars, its cultural and social renewal.


- French Heritage: Visit of typical French places in Picardy that are world-famous for their historical and architectural value: the Gothic Beauvais (Saturday July 7th) and the Renaissance style Chantilly Castle (Sunday July 8th).


- Old Lille: Guided tour of streets, squares and monuments of the old town and its beautiful ancient Flemish architectures (Monday July 9th).


- Louvre-Lens Museum: Visit of the Time Gallery in the Northern Louvre (built atop a former mine works) and its revolutionary museography (Saturday July 14th). Optional – alternatively, you are free to travel where you want on your expense.


- Fireworks: Sightseeing of the great fireworks in Lille on the French National Day (Saturday July 14th).


- Ch’ti Evening: Local cuisine in a traditional restaurant and introduction to the Ch’ti linguistic and cultural specificity (Thursday July 19th).


- Excursion to the Coast: Visit of the spectacular two Northern capes from which one can see the British coast; visit of Nausicaá – French National Sea Experience Centre (Saturday July 21st).


NB: Minor changes to the linguistic and cultural programme may occur. 






Impact of Food Processing on Human Health 2018 (Food & Health 2018)

From July 2nd to July 27th 2018 in University of Lille 

 The total number of places is limited to 20.

The price does not include the trip from China to Paris.

Accommodation, meals and local transportation are all included.

The summer school will deliver ECTS and a certificate.

The summer school is reserved to Chinese master students.

To apply, please follow the application procedure on the main page.


Price: 25.000 CNY

The French Embassy reserves a limited number of grants to students with an exceptional academic background. Grants cover the tuition fees but do not cover the trip from China to Paris.