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.
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.