Workshops for Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September to be advised shortly



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Please note the program outline is subject to change without notice.

Call for Extended Abstracts is Now Open

Extended abstract submission is now open for NIR2019, which will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on 15th – 20th September 2019. 

Submission Process

The submission process for NIR 2019 will be through an online submission portal. Please click here to go to the online portal.  Submitters are requested to create an account and submit an extended abstract for review according to the guidelines set out in the Submission Outline document.

Important Dates

- Opening date of submission: 12 October 2018
- Closing date for submission: 15 March 2019  extended to 2359 01 April 2019 (AEST)
- Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2019
- Deadline for early registration: 30 May 2019
- Conference dates: 15 – 20 September 2019

Presentation Format

An extended abstract can be submitted for presentation at the conference as one or both of the following:

  • Poster Presentation
  • Oral Presentation


Extended abstracts must be submitted under one of the conference themes.  The official language of the conference is English and all short papers must be submitted in that language.

Conference Themes:

1. Agriculture/Horticulture
2. Aquaphotomics
3. Chemometrics
4. Dairy/Food Science/Meat Science
5. Education
6. Environmental
7. fNIR
8. Forestry
9. Hyperspectral Imaging
10. Instrumentation
11. Medical Science
12. Museum/Archaeology/Heritage Science
13. PAT/IoT/Cloud
14. Pharmacology/Traditional Chinese Medicine
15. Sampling
16. Soil/Geoexploration/Mineralogy
17. Remote and Proximal Sensing
18. Wildlife/Animal Science

Please note that if your abstract falls under multiple categories please select the main category and then put the other categories in keywords.  

Submission Guidelines and Templates

Please download the below submission guidelines prior to starting your submission.

Submission Outline

For assistance on preparing your abstract please see the tutorial by Phill Williams, Pierre Dardenne and Peter Flinn in JNIRS. It is a free download.

NIR Hyperspectral Imaging Analysis

Duration: 2-days – Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September

Cost: $250 AUD

Near-infrared hyperspectral imaging (NIR-HSI) has gained tremendous importance in the laboratories of very diverse fields (Forensics, food production, pharmaceutical production, etc.). At the same time, it has generated the need for applying different strategies of analysis and algorithms in order to extract the most relevant information from the hyperspectral images in the different analytical situations. This mini-course will explore basic concepts of hyperspectral analysis, plus it will make emphasis in the different analytical situations that can be found. The mini-course topics will be:

1 - Hyperspectral image acquisition, pre-processing and data selection
2 - Basic Chemometrics. Exploration. Regression. Segmentation
3 – Different types of hyperspectral images require different types of data analysis methods
4 - Integration of NIR-HSI in different analytical frameworks


José Manuel Amigo

Associate Professor at the Department of Food Science,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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Using R for NIR Spectroscopy


Duration:  2 Day Workshop - 14-15 September

Cost: $250 AUD

Day-1 on Saturday 14 September: Beginners Guide to Using R for NIR Spectroscopy

This workshop will cover the essentials of processing spectra data using R. It will cover data preparation, spectral preprocessing (smoothing, standardising, de-trending), PCA, and calibration using PLS regression

Day-2 on Sunday 15 September: Advanced Guide to Using R for spectroscopy

This workshop will continue with more advanced topics on processing and making an inference of spectra. It will cover Machine Learning methods, bootstrapping to enhance prediction, transferring calibration models from one instrument to another, and External Parameter Orthogonalisation (EPO) to remove unwanted features from the spectra.

Workshop Speakers

Budiman Minasny

Professor of Soil Landscape Modelling, University of Sydney

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Mario Fajardo

Post-Doctoral research fellow, University of Sydney

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Edward Jones

Research Fellow, Sydney Institute of Agriculture 

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Sampling Workshop

Duration: 1 Day.  Sunday 15th September

Cost: $150 AUD 

The Theory of Sampling (TOS) is the guiding framework for all of analysis, including NIR spectroscopy, to eliminate or reduce maximally all such adverse influences. TOS emphasizes the Fundamental Sampling Principle, which states that all potential units from an original lot must have an equal probability of being sampled in practise, and that samples are not altered in any way on their way to analysis. Units can be particles, particle fragments or collections-of-units making up the practical sampling unit, increments. In the realm of NIR analysis, non-compliance with FSP is often a hidden elephant in the room, not properly acknowledged, but here addressed heads on. The Fundamental Sampling Principle is the first of six Governing Principles and four Sampling Unit Operations, which must be honored in order to guarantee sampling and analysis representativity. This course presents all necessary sampling principles and practical operations in a unified, systematic framework.

Kim Esbensen

Retired.  Ex-Professor in Chemometrics,
Norwegian Telemark Institute of Technology, Norway

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Process Analytical Technologies (PAT)

Duration: 1-day Workshop Saturday 14th September

Cost: $150 AUD

Process analytical technology (PAT) was introduced by the FDA when they published their PAT Guidance in Sep 2004: Guidance for Industry, PAT — A Framework for Innovative Pharmaceutical Development, Manufacturing, and Quality Assurance The PAT Guidance was the first element in a series of initiatives that later were referred to as the QbD framework. This course introduces the PAT Guidance and highlights the importance of process understanding and risk-based approach to product development and manufacture using multivariate methods.

Brad Swarbrick

Consultant/Trainer, Application of Quality by Design and PAT

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Stay tuned for more workshops......