WAITRO-SIRIM training program for female scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs
The Capacity Development on Personal Care Product Development was a training program organized by WAITRO in collaboration with SIRIM. It took place from April 29 to May 24, 2019, in Shah Alam, Malaysia.
This Capacity Development aimed to introduce scientists and researchers from WAITRO members to research opportunities abroad, at well-established Centers of Excellence of WAITRO member organizations. The program was a platform for female scientists and researchers with technical and scientific backgrounds in the area of chemistry or another science-related field.
Networking between WAITRO Members
The one-week program was tailored for female scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs who are currently working in research institutes and universities from the Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. Besides gaining some experience, knowledge and information on current development of technology and science, participants had the opportunity to network and collaborate with other scientists or participants working in their respective fields.
Personal Care Product Development
The Capacity Development covered a wide variety of important topics related to personal care product development, including:
- Product Design and Development,
- Efficacy and regulatory issues.
This Capacity Development was designed to enhance the skills of participants to cater to industry needs as well as equip them with knowledge in the development of personal care product formulation.
Theory and Practical Sessions
Part 1 – Theory: This session was held in a classroom covering topics related to personal care product development starting from choosing the right ingredient to the evaluation of the final product.
Part 2 – Workshops: Participants were exposed to five types of product development: body butter, lip balm, transparent soap, face mist and face cream.
The hands-on training was designed for the participants to apply the knowledge gained from classroom theory into real-world situations. It provided them with tools to face challenges and obstacles they might encounter during product development. At the end, participants could develop a specific task/project, which was presented to their peers.