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.