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Vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics: training session

For the 9th consecutive year, the CRA-W organises in Gembloux from 23rd to 27th February, 2015, 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.


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 venue of the event, Foz do Iguassu, is the location of one of the seven wonders of nature, the Iguassu Falls. The town is located in the triple border of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Because it is the second most visited place in Brazil by most foreign visitors, there are regular daily flights connecting the main Brazilian entrance airports to Foz do Iguassu, for those coming from abroad.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Foz do Iguassu for an unforgettable and profitable scientific and social meeting of the Near Infrared community.

The Organizing Committee for NIR 2015

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Latest news

NIR news 2014 data analysis challenge

This year, to help all of you with time to fill over the Christmas and New Year break, the NIRNews committee has decided to offer a data analysis challenge. The problem to be solved is described on The answers to the problem are expected by 20 January 2015 and have to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The winner will be the person who delivers the model with the highest accuracy and, in the case of a tie, the greatest elegance. Whilst the fame and glory that will come to the winner should be enough, NIRNews is pleased to offer a prize of a £200 Amazon Gift Card to help buy some chemometrics books (or whatever else you wish). The dataset and the research problem has been provided by Dr Pierre Dardenne and his colleagues at CRA-W, Belgium in memory of our late colleague Jim Burger. Good luck!

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.

15th Edition of NIRS course in Córdoba (Spain)

A few days ago the SCAI and the Aimal Production Department (University of Cordoba, Spain) held the 14th edition of the course entitled "Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS). APPLICATIONS IN QUALITY CONTROL AND TRACEABILITY OF AGRI-FOOD PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES". The course has had a total of 16 participants (see attached photo). Since there has been a significant number of applicants, which could not be included in this edition the 15 th ediction will be held at June 5, 2014 . Unlike other courses, taught worldwide, it is taught entirely in Spanish, to give researchers and professionals from Latin America the opportunity to perform the training in their mother tongue. Don´t miss the opportunity to be one of our students! The course is academically coordinated by Prof. Ana Garrido Varo current President of ICNIRS ( More information: and mailing Dr. Juan Garcia Olmo ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

5th Brazilian Workshop on Chemometrics

The 5th Brazilian Workshop on Chemometrics will be held at the Hotel Arembepe Beach (Arembepe, Bahia, Brazil) from the 9th to 11th of April, 2014 The program consists of: 5 mini-courses, 12 lectures, oral and poster presentations. The mini-courses are mainly focused in undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning chemometrics basic methods. The lectures will address different applications of chemometrics tools (


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