Come join us Downunder for NIR 2019


It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to join us on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from the 15th to the 20th of September, 2019 for NIR 2019 – the 19th biennial meeting of the International Council for NIR Spectroscopy (ICNIRS).

In 1994, Australia hosted the 6th meeting of ICNIRS, so it will be 25 years since the NIR community last graced the Great Southern Land. Much has happened in that time, and NIR has moved from being used in a few laboratories for a few applications, to a technology that has application in sectors from agriculture to medicine, from environmental science to pharmaceuticals, from geoexploration to food technology. Furthermore, NIR has moved out of the laboratory and into the field – or even above the field, with remote sensing and hyperspectral imaging going beyond 1,000 nm into the short wavelength IR. Of course, none of this is possible without the latest advances in hardware, and so the exhibition will be directly linked to the conference sessions. We are also dependent on the latest advances in spectral processing and chemometric development, so that too will be integral to our scientific program. Australian NIR researchers have excelled in all of these areas, but we also know your achievements in NIR need to be shared with the world.

As you can see we will have much to discuss in 2019.

But we also intend to enjoy ourselves. This conference will run a more traditional program, that includes a social program on Wednesday afternoon, so that you and your family can choose to learn to surf, watch humpback whales run south after calving in the warm waters of North Queensland, play golf on a 18-hole links course, explore the tropical hinterland, play at one of the local theme parks or just relax on the beach watching the surf roll in. That is naming just a few of the activities we will have on offer. And be prepared for a special event and scientific session on Friday morning – we have arranged for a special taste and experience of Australia to complement a specialist science session we know you will enjoy.

The famous Surfer’s Paradise is located on Queensland’s Gold Coast. View it on the web cam (just remember that Queensland is 10 hours ahead of UCT, so depending on where you live you might want to watch this at night). The daytime temperatures are warm, the sea temperature is just right, the seafood is fresh, the coffee is selected from around the world and we have some of the best Wagu beef along with cuisine from nearly every culture on Earth. You can find it all on the Gold Coast.

We welcome you to pre-register on the website now so that you can receive reminders of key dates and regular information updates on the social and scientific program via email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

We join the entire committee in welcoming you to the Gold Coast for NIR 2019 – Come Catch a Wave Downunder!


Roger Meder


Glen Fox

NIR 2019 is held under the auspices
of the International Council for Near
Infrared Spectroscopy

Organising Committee


Support for NIR2019

Dr Christine Williams

I am delighted to hear that Australia is to host the 19th meeting of the International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in September 2019.
I understand ICNIRS take all the necessary steps to promote advance and safeguard professional and scientific interests involved in the science and technology of near infrared spectroscopy and related fields along with organising educational and training activities in this area.
Hosting this meeting at the Gold Coast would provide the exciting opportunity to showcase Queensland science and technology in research and industry. Queensland has a strong record of supporting science and technology. Since 1998, the Queensland Government has invested more than $5 billion on science infrastructure, projects, and world-leading researchers. Building on that investment it is important to support Queensland science and build future industries.
I wish to record my support for the 19th Meeting of the International Council for Infrared Spectroscopy.
I look forward to hearing of the success of this event.

Dr Christine Williams
A/Queensland Chief Scientist

Tom Tate, Gold Coast City Mayor

As the Mayor of the City of Gold Coast, it gives me great pleasure to encourage you to visit the Gold Coast and participate in the 19th International Conference on Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR 2019).
The Gold Coast is Australia’s premier tourist destination attracting over 13 million visitors last year. We are Australia’s largest regional city with a unique combination of exceptional conference facilities, breathtaking natural attractions and an enviable lifestyle.
High calibre conferences such as 19th International Conference on Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR 2019) are an important contributor to our economic and social fabric. Nowhere else are you able to integrate a conference with 57 kilometres of famous beaches, 100,000 hectares of world heritage-listed rainforest, more theme parks than anywhere else in the southern hemisphere, 800 accommodation venues and more than 600 restaurants and cafes which are easily accessible via the modern and fast G:link light rail system. Together with our exciting leisure attractions and sub-tropical climate, we offer the perfect ingredients for a successful conference.
Wherever you are coming from, we are confident that the experience, resources and commitment of the Gold Coast community will make the 19th International Conference on Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR 2019) not only an outstanding success, but one to remember.
Our city is very pleased to be hosting the 19th International Conference on Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR 2019) and I am confident that you will have a rewarding conference experience. I look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast.

Yours sincerely

Tom Tate
Gold Coast City Mayor

Key Dates

Call for abstracts 1 October 2018
Close abstracts 15 February 2019
Advised of outcome 18 March 2019
Registration Opens for Early Bird 1 March 2019
Early Bird Registration Closes 31 July 2019
Conference starts 15 September 2019

Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

Conveniently located in the heart of Broadbeach, just 500 metres from pristine white sand beaches, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is perfectly situated to bring you world-class events.

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