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6th WG & 4th MC meetings (Thessaloniki, Greece - 2017)

6th Working Groups meeting and 4th MC meeting of COST Action FA1403

Thessaloniki, Greece, September 19-20th, 2017


The 5th WG meeting will be hosted byhosted by Porto Palace Hotel Thessaloniki (Adress: 65, 26th Octovriou Str., Thessaloníki, 546 28).


Contact Persons:


Welcome to Thessaloniki !

Thessaloniki (1)


Tuesday,19th Sept.

Wednesday, 20th Sept.

Thursday, 21th Sept.

Friday, 22th Sept.


WG meetings

WG meetings

Scientific Worshop (Part II)

Training School


WG meetings

Scientific Worshop (Part I)

Training School

Training School


MC meeting


Tentative Agenda:

19th September, 2017

20th September, 2017

8:45 – 9:00

Welcome / signature attendance list

8:45 – 10:15

Parallel WG1 meeting

- Brief restitution from the different subgroups

- Discussion on research gaps, follow-up projects…


Parallel WG2 meeting

Discussion topics : 

(i) Human meta-analysis 

(ii) Data Fusion

(iii) Cell and molecular targets 

(iv) Discussion on research gaps, follow-up projects…

9:00 – 9:30

Update of the Action by the Chair

9:30 – 10:10

Working progress by WG leaders (10 min each)

  • Working Group 1
  • Working Group 2
  • Think-Tank Group
  • Focus Group

10:10 – 10:30  Coffee break

10:15 – 10:30  Coffee break

10:30 – 11:30

STSM presentations (in direct link with WG activities; 10 min each)

-Ville Kostinen, Finland - Preparation of standard mixtures at iBET, Portugal

- Abranko Laszlo - Ditta Kolimar, Hungary - Studying the relationship between microbiome genetic variation and polyphenol metabolic conversions

- Ana Jelenkovic, Serbia - Polyphenols and platelet function: challenges and strategies in meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials

- Irina Uzhova, Spain - Interindividual variation in response to consumption of plant food bioactives and determinants involved – Analysis of individual datasets

- Irena KRGA, Serbia - Extraction of nutrigenomics data from published papers for identification of cellular and molecular targets of plant food bioactives underlying their cardiometabolic health.

- Tatjana Ruskovska, Rep of Macedonia - Bioinformatics analysis of nutrigenomics data of plant food bioactives extracted from in-vitro and in-vivo studies

10:30 – 11:30

Plenary Session  

10:30 – 10:50 Rapid Restitution by WG leaders

10:50 – 11:30  Common discussion on research gaps, follow-up    projects…

11:30 – 12:30

Plenary WG3 meeting

11:30 – 12:15            

Steering Committee meeting

12:30 – 13:30   Lunch

12:30 – 13:30    Lunch

13:30 – 17:30 

Parallel WG1 meeting

  • Gene-variant for pathways work
  • Family subgroups to work on review and specific metabolic steps


Parallel WG2 meeting

Discussion topics : 

(i) Human meta-analysis

(ii) Data Fusion

(iii) Cell and molecular targets

14:00 – 18:20       
3rd Scientific Worshop POSITIVe (Part 1)


15:50 – 16:10  Coffee break

18:20 – 19:30            


Management Committee meeting

Conference dinner

16:10 – 17:30

Parallel WG1 meeting

  • Metabolomics group
  • Family subgroups

Parallel WG2 meeting

Discussion topics : 

(i) Human meta-analysis

(ii) Data Fusion

(iii) Cell and molecular targets


21st September, 2017

3rd Scientific Worshop POSITIVe (Part 2)


17:30 – 18:30

Parallel meetings of Think-Tank Group & FG Group

Practical information


Porto Palace Hotel, 65, 26th Octovriou Str., Thessaloníki, 546 28 Greece Tel: +302310504504


Prices were negotiated for participants’ accommodation during the event. Please see the document:

POSITIVe PARTNERS: For additional information regarding the booking of the hotels and any other practical details, please contact directly the local organizers at Christos Kontogiorgis or Antonia Kaltsatou.


As regards to the planned flight schedule at Thessaloniki Airport International Airport 'Makedonia', travel connections available fit with the schedule of the COST meeting.
Direct flights to Thessaloniki Airport 'Makedonia' are held from London (STN and LGW airports), most airports of Germany, Cyprus, Turkey (name airports of interest that must be included)
While all other flights are held with response from the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”

How to get there!

(Airport to Porto Palace Hotel – Porto Palace Hotel to Airport)
You can reach Porto Palace Hotel (Meeting place) from International Airport ‘Macedonia’ by bus or taxi:
1)Bus Nr. 78 to Thessaloniki runs every 45 minutes. Single fare: €2,00. Duration: 45 minutes.
From the airport arrivals, take bus No.:78: AIRPORT - INTERCITY BUS TERMINAL (VIA CITY CENTRE) to the terminal station T.S. K.T.E.L. ‘MACEDONIA’ (trip duration: 45-50min, trip cost: €2,00-single fare)
From the T.S. K.T.E.L. ‘MACEDONIA’ take bus No.: 31: KTEL – VOULGARI to the bus stop SPHAGEIA (that is the fifth stop) (trip duration: 5-8min, trip cost: €1,10-single fare)
From the bus stop it is a 3min walk to the Hotel Porto Palace.
On the way, back to the airport once again you will need to take bus Nr. 31 to the terminal station “KTEL MACEDONIA”, only this time you will need to take it from the other side of 28th Oktovriou Str.
From “KTEL MACEDONIA” you will need once again to take the bus Nr. 78 to the International Airport.
Further information on the transportation from/to your hotel of choice as well as airport and Porto Palace Hotel are provided below.

2)Taxi fare from the airport to Porto Palace Hotel is approximately 15 - 20 euro.
Radiotaxi: +30 2310 - 550500, 214900, 546522, 551525, 866866, 525000
The distance between the International Airport of Thessaloniki and the Hotel is approximately 21 km and depending on the traffic it is a 40-min drive via A/D Thessalonikis Neon Moudanion/A25.
Please note that the taxi fare is double from midnight until 6.30 am


Public transport in Thessaloniki is buses. You can check the connections at the website 
Pre-printed tickets can be purchased at OASTH ticket selling booths, at 1200 points of sale throughout the metropolitan area of Thessaloniki (newsagent’s and kiosks also sell tickets), or at ticket vending machines on-board buses.
Tickets issued by ticket machines on-board buses cost 0.10€ more than their nominal value. Validation of tickets immediately upon boarding is mandatory. In case one doesn’t have a ticket when boarding the bus, he/she must immediately issue one from the ticket vending machines onboard.
Attention! The ticket vending machines do not give change. Always try to insert the exact amount of coins corresponding to the fare price.
Your ticket can be:
REGULAR FARE – SINGLE TRIP TICKET, Valid ONLY for ONE (1) trip (cost: 1,00 euro)
TWO-TRIP 70-MINUTE TICKET, Valid for TWO (2) bus trips to/from any direction and any bus route within 70 minutes of validation (cost: 1,20 euro)

Please note that regular fare on bus Nr. 78 is 2.00 euro and is valid for one trip.

More details there: