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

Abstract Submissions Closed


Abstract submissions for NIR2019 conference have now closed.

Call for Extended Abstracts is Now Closed

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


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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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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Chemometrics Workshop

Duration: 1-day Workshop Sunday 15th September

Cost: $150 AUD

Chemometric tools are fundamental for processing spectroscopic data and extracting as much information as possible from them. In this course, attention will be mostly focused on the chemometric approaches for predictive modeling, i.e., for relating the experimental data to a qualitative (classification) or quantitative (calibration) response. The theoretical aspects of the most commonly used methods, such as PCR and PLS, for calibration, and PLS-DA and SIMCA for classification, will be presented together with pratical guidelines on how to apply them to spectroscopic data. In this context, the fundamental role of validation will be also discussed and some good practices of how to correctly validate chemometric models will be suggested. 

Lastly, a part of the course will be devoted to present the most commonly used approaches for pre-processing spectroscopic signals prior to chemometric model building. 

Prof Federico Marini

Dept. of Chemistry, University of Rome "La Sapienza"

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Aquaphotomics Workshop - CANCELLED

Duration: 1-day Workshop Saturday 14th September

Cost: $150 AUD


Due to registrations for this workshop not meeting minimum numbers this workshop has been cancelled


Sampling Workshop - CANCELLED

Duration: 1 Day.  Sunday 15th September

Cost: $150 AUD 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Sampling Workshop has been cancelled.  We have been advised that the PAT workshop on Saturday contains a large portion of sampling in the program.





Duration: 1 day Workshop Sunday 15th September

Cost: Free to registered delegates

Sponsored by: FOSS

- Looking for a comprehensive and easy to use calibration tool with built-in data management?
- Tired of spending time on numerous calibration validations?
- Want to eliminate unexpected instrument downtime?

Join our guided tour into the FOSS Digital Universe applied to customer sites in the sugar industry.

Morning session
Learn how digital services can help minimise instrument downtime, validate calibrations and manage calibration databases. In this connection we will demonstrate the many features of the recently launched FossCalibratorTM software including ANN calibration development.

Afternoon session
We will take calibration-modelling one-step further in a hands-on workshop introducing the FossCalibratorTM. The following key chemometric methods will be presented: Partial Least Squares, Modified Partial Least Squares, LOCAL and the newly implemented Artificial Neural Network method for non-linear modelling of large databases. The participants will get an introduction to FossCalibratorTM and work hands-on with all the mentioned methods on illustrative data sets.

Join one or both sessions which include lunch, coffee and tea.

Please note: All tours are on at the same time on Wednesday 18th September from 12.30pm.

Tour 1: Tropical Fruit World & Point Danger

Overview: Enjoy the best that the Tweed Valley has to offer! Located in NSW about 40km south of Broadbeach, the Tweed Shire encompasses agriculture (sugarcane, horticulture, beef, and dairy), national parks, coastline, wetland and forest, and is a significant tourist destination. At Tropical Fruit World we will tour the vast collection of hundreds of species of tropical fruit from all over the world.  Stretch your legs and look for whales at the magnificent Point Danger lookout and have a cold drink overlooking the magnificent beaches of the Gold Coast.

Cost: $70 AUD

Key Destinations/Stops and information

- 12.45pm: Depart the GCCEC
- Tropical Fruit World
- Greenmount Beach, Point Danger Lookout
- 17.30pm: Arrive back at GCCEC

Tour 2: Whale Watching

Overview: Humpback Whales are the stars of the show although our tours often encounter Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, sharks, turtles, and albatross.

Within 20 minutes of departure from Sea World, you will be assisting our expert crew to find Humpback Whales by scanning the horizon for the famous “blow”. At this point in the tour, there is always great anticipation which quickly turns to excitement when a distant splash or a great exhalation of breath confirms we have found a whale.

Cost: $99 AUD 

Key Destinations/Stops and information

- 1.00pm: Depart the GCCEC
- 17.15pm: Arrive back at GCCEC

Tour 3: Gold Coast Hinterland - THIS TOUR IS NOW FULL

Overview:  Travel 50km from Broadbeach to the heritage listed Natural Bridge where you can take a short walk to see the unique flora and fauna as you make your way to the inside of the cave and see the water cascading through the rock of the basal cave which has been formed over millions of years.

Visit O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards for wine tasting and afternoon tea.

Cost: $55 AUD

Key Destinations/Stops and information

- 12.45pm: Depart the GCCEC
- 17.00pm: Arrive back at GCCEC

Tour 4: Canal Cruise

Overview:  Catch the “G” and have your photograph taken on the world-famous Surfers Paradise beach before cruising the beautiful Gold Coast waterways, canals, and Broadwater, seeing million-dollar homes of the rich and famous, luxury yachts, Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace and wildlife including dolphin spotting, sea eagles and a light snack.

Cost: $40 AUD


- 1245pm: Depart the GCCEC
- Return to your hotel at your leisure using the “G”


Please note: All tours are subject to change and cancellation if minimum numbers are not reached.  If a tour is canceled a refund will be issued or credited to another tour.