CNIRS Conference and Award announcement

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The International Diffuse Reflectance Conference, sponsored by the Council for Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, will take place from July 25 to July 31 in Chamberburg, PA, USA ( The Awards Committee of the Council for Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (CNIRS) is requesting nominations for four award categories:

(1) The Gerald S. Birth Award for outstanding innovation in diffuse reflection or diffuse transmission spectroscopy is conferred and sponsored by the Council for Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (CNIRS) in memory of Gerald Birth. The late Dr. Birth was the founder of the International Diffuse Reflectance Conference (IDRC), also sponsored by the CNIRS. He made many contributions to the instrument technology related to diffuse reflectance. This award recognizes a specific accomplishment in advancing the Art and Science of Near Infrared Spectroscopy by a research scientist. All scientists performing research in Diffuse Reflection Spectroscopy or in Diffuse Transmission Spectroscopy in the visible, NIR or mid-IR regions are eligible for the award. The award-winning work must have been published between 01-Jan-2018 and 31-Dec-2019. The awardee (practicing or retired) may be (or have been) affiliated with industry, academia, government, or have another suitable affiliation. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers are not eligible. The awardee must be able to present the award-winning work at the IDRC Conference in Chambersburg, PA, USA 25-July- to 31-July-2020. The award entails an honorarium of $2000.00 and expenses for his/her travel to the IDRC meeting and for an accompanying guest, up to $1500.00. The Birth Award is granted at the sole discretion of the CNIRS and the scientific panel and may not be awarded if appropriate.

(2) The Young Scientist Award, sponsored by Avian Technologies LLC, is recognizing excellence in diffuse reflectance research performed by currently enrolled graduate and post-doctoral students. The $1500 prize, designed to cover travel costs and on-site expenses, will be awarded at the International Diffuse Reflectance Conference where the awardee will present the work being recognized. Students should submit their nomination package with a description of the research, impact to the field, and innovation statement written by the candidate (2 pages max), a letter of support by the academic adviser (1 page) and publication(s) (if applicable).

(3) IDRC Travel Fellowships:  Support for students and scientists, who might otherwise be unable to attend the IDRC Conference without additional financial aid, is available from the CNIRS.  Fellowships will cover meeting registration and travel up to $500 for travel within the USA/Canada or up to $1000 for overseas travel.  Applicants should submit a resume and brief statement of how they would benefit from attending the Conference.  In addition, individuals selected for support are expected to submit a poster of their work in the Poster Session of the IDRC.

(4) Honorary Membership in the CNIRS:  Honorary Members are persons who have made exceptional contributions to near infrared spectroscopy and have been voted into their membership by the Governing Board of CNIRS. No more than two Honorary Members can be named in any fiscal year.  Nominations and supporting documentation are to be submitted to the Awards Committee.

Nominations and supporting material, from within the international spectroscopy community at large, for any of the above three awards should be sent to [email protected]. The deadline for all nomination materials to reach the Awards Committees is 03-Apr-2020. Awardees for the Birth Award and Travel Fellowships will be announced 25-Apr-2020.  The Honorary Membership Award is traditionally announced and bestowed at the Banquet at the IDRC Meeting.