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17th International Conference on Near Infrared Spectroscopy

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 17th International Conference on Near Infrared Spectroscopy, NIR 2015, the most important international event in this area. NIR 2015 is organized under the auspicious of the International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy (ICNIRS), and will be held in the Mabu Resort Hotel, Foz do Iguassu, Brazil, from 18th to 23rd October, 2015.

The theme of the conference, Highlighting South America, emphasizes the fact the event is being organized for the first time in Brazil and South America. With the participation of the principal researchers in the field, the event will represent a week for interchange of knowledge and experiences. There will be the opportunity for professionals and students to present their contributions to the field, and be in close contact with international experts. The organizing committee believes, considering the present scenario in Brazil and in other countries of South America, the event will represent a true breakthrough in the way NIR spectroscopy is approached by South Americans.



The Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W) and the Chemometrics French group (GFC) of the French Statistical Society (SFdS) in collaboration with the Belgian Statistical Society (BSS), the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and the University of Liege, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (ULg-GxABT) are pleased to announce the holding of the congress CHIMIOMETRIE XVII. This conference aims to bring together scientists, academics and industrial companies to focus on advances in chemometrics, from information gathering through design of experiments to analysis and modeling of data. This congress, which for many years together theorists and researchers from any domain, aims to promote the use of chemometrics even beyond the application of statistics in the field of chemistry.


Vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics: training session

For the 10th consecutive year, the CRA-W organises in Gembloux from 29th February to 4th  March, 2016, a complete training on vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics. In this training you will have a complete overview of the theory of the spectroscopic and chemometric methods most commonly used. This will be completed with dynamical practical sessions in multidisciplinary laboratories, which will give you some tips and tricks useful when dealing with spectroscopy and chemometrics.


IASIM 2016

On behalf of the International Association for Spectral Imaging (IASIM), we have the pleasure to invite you to IASIM-2016, the sixth international conference in spectral imaging, which will be held in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (France), July 3rd-6th 2016.

The biannual IASIM conference is intended to provide a unified, open, cross-disciplinary and interactive forum for the exchange of information and ideas within the general spectral imaging community, regardless of the spectral or spatial range.


Latest news

15th edition of NIRS course in Cordoba (Spain)

The 15th edition of the course entitled Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS): Applications In Quality Control And Traceability Of Agri-Food Products and Processes", was held at the University of Cordoba ( Spain), February 16th-20th.


Call 2015 for awards and travel grants

Call 2015 for Tomas Hirschfeld Award, Fellowship Award, ICNIRS Karl Norris Award as well as call for John Shenk and emeritus travel grants for the NIR-2015 conference in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil are now open.

We are pleased to invite nominations for these prestigious awards. Nominations should reach us no later than 30 April 2015.

For more information on these awards and previous awardees please refer to the links here below

1. The Tomas Hirschfeld Award

2. The Fellowship Award

3. The ICNIRS Karl Norris Award

4. John Shenk Travel Grants

5. Emeritus Travel Grants


Strategies for the early quality and safety assurance in the feed chain

In WP1 the work dealt mainly with the development of screening methodologies for the detection of known and unknown adulterants or contaminants at laboratory and industrial levels.

Techniques such as NIR microscopy, NIR Imaging, Raman and HPLC coupled to HR-MS proved their performance at laboratory level for detecting melamine and its structural analogues in soybean meal as well as for determination of animal feed oils adulteration with waste transformer and mineral oils. Moreover, chromatographic techniques demonstrated their applicability for analysis of a range of contaminants at laboratory level, such as (i) GCxGC-TOFMS for the early detection in one single analysis of contaminants in feed ingredients, (ii) HPLC coupled to HR-MS for analysis of 96 veterinary drugs in DDGS and (iii) LC–MS for simultaneous analysis of pesticide residues, mycotoxins and pyrrolizidine alkaloids in different soya-based matrices.


EMBRAPA researchers set up the first Brazilian Near-Infrared Network

EMBRAPA (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) is the big Brazilian governmental enterprise dedicated to the development of national agriculture and agribusiness. In the year 2011, a group professionals from 18 units of the corporation, spread allover the country, and coordinated by Dr. Maria Lúcia Simeone from the EMBRAPA Maize and Sorghum unit, have started up a Near-Infrared Network to exchange experiences and improve backgrounds on the technology. The network has the financial support from EMBRAPA headquarter and promoted three annual nationwide workshops. After the network have been started, a significant increase in the number and quality of the actions developed based on NIR spectroscopy applied to solve Brazilian agribusiness problems, has become evident by the works presented in the workshops. Passing three years, after a very positive balance of the actions carried out since the beginning of the network, the EMBRAPA NIR Network is consolidated, and their researchers are preparing a new proposal to strength the extend the network actions for longer time.

NIR 2015 hosting

Members of the organizing committee of ICNIRS-2015 visited Foz do Iguaçu to decide on conference venue. The 17th International Conference on Near Infrared will be held in the Mabu Thermas Grand Resort Hotel ( in the week 18th – 23rd October 2015.