Council Management Committee

The Council Management Committee is responsible for the administration of all the business of the Council except when a General Meeting is in session. The elected members of the Council Management Committee (CMC) of ICNIRS consist of the Executive Members who form the Executive Committee, the Conference Chairman for the next ICNIRS Conference, the Conference Chairman for the current ICNIRS Conference and three other members.

The CMC currently comprises the following:

  1. Executive Committee members (2013-2017)
    Chairman: Ana Garrido-Varo
    Immediate Past Chairman: Pierre Dardenne
    Chair-Elect: Tom Fearn
    Secretary: Sirinnapa Saranwong
    Treasurer: Steve Holroyd
  2. Conference Chairman for the current ICNIRS Conference
    Celio Pasquini (2015-2017)
  3. Conference Chairman for the next ICNIRS Conference
    Soren Balling Engelsen (2015-2017)
  4. Other members
    Dolorez Perez-Marin (2013-2019)
    Moon Kim (2013-2019)
    Paolo Berzhagi (2015-2021)


Celio Pasquini, Conference Chairman for the current ICNIRS Conference (2015-2017)

Dr. Célio Pasquini is a full professor of the Department   of Analytical Chemistry of the Chemistry Institute of the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas - SP - Brazil ( and has been a member of the staff for 23 years. He started working in the field   of near infrared spectroscopy about 10 years ago. His interests   in the field are in the development of new and portable instruments and in the development of analytical methods for   agriculture (forestry industry), petroleum and fuel derived from   petroleum. Recently his efforts have also been directed towards the development and application of a NIR emission spectrometer based on an acousto-optic tunable filter.

The opportunity to become a correspondent for the ICNIRS website in South America is welcomed in view of the work yet to be done in this region of the globe. The first step is to ensure that people interested in NIR spectroscopy from academia and industry work together to disseminate information about NIR technology, starting from undergraduate courses in Chemistry.

Academia in the region has only made a modest contribution to this important field of research while most of the information on NIR spectroscopy is passed to people in the industries by instrument vendors. Sometimes, the prevalence of a commercial   point of view has inhibited the spread of NIR use in industry and agriculture in Brazil. On the other hand, the lack of information in the subject of NIR technology for our undergraduate students (future employees) closes a dangerous circle, which, in my point of view, inhibits the development of NIR spectroscopy in our country.

I hope the work as an ICNIRS correspondent in South America can help us to enhance our contribution to the global community dedicated to NIR spectroscopy, increasing the number of contacts with foreign researchers and sharing NIR developments that have been occuring in America below the Equator.

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Soren Balling Engelsen, Conference Chairman for the next ICNIRS Conference (2015-2017)


Søren Balling Engelsen is Professor and head of the section for Spectroscopy & Chemometrics at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has a PhD (1992) in vibrational spectroscopy and molecular modelling from the Technical University in Denmark including one year stay abroad at Cornell University (US) to study molecular dynamics simulations. From 1992 to 1995, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Ingénierie Moléculaire, INRA-Nantes (France). Since 1995 he was employed as assistant professor in ”Spectroscopy and molecular modeling” in the research group of Professor Lars Munck and started to use NIR spectroscopy for diverse applications within high-throughput non-invasive industrial quality control and academic food and health research. Since 2004 he has been professor in Biospectroscopy and been heading the Spectroscopy & Chemometrics group at University of Copenhagen (now approx. 40 persons). The research focus is on the development- and application of multivariate high-throughput quantitative spectroscopic methods for biological samples in quality control, process analytical technology, foodomics and metabolomics. He has authored and co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed scientific papers and been granted two patents.

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Lola Perez, CMC member (2013-2019)


Dr. Pérez-Marín is Senior Lecturer (Accredited Full Professor) in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry Engineering (ETSIAM), University of Cordoba (UCO, Spain). Currently, she is Director of the Master Agri-Food Plants Projects and Management and vice-dean in her Faculty. Her NIRS researches began in 1999 at UCO, and her thesis concerned the application of nonlinear calibration methodology for measuring the ingredient composition of unground compound animal feeds. The thesis was awarded and generated a number of publications in top rank journals. Since then, she has worked on an ever widening range of applications in food and agriculture − feed, fats and oils, meats, protein animal by-products, milk and dairy, and various fruits and vegetables − using NIRS, alone or combined with other sensors. Applications as the authentication of Iberian pig ham and the detection of banned ingredients in animal feeds are some examples. This research has resulted in well over 130 publications, with more than 60 of these being peer reviewed papers in top quality journals, invited reviews and presentations as invited speaker in national and international conferences and workshops. She has experience in management and scientific co-ordination and participation of several national and European R + D NIRS projects, and in technology transfer contracts with Spanish feed and food industries. She has brought 5 PhD's on NIR to completion, and is currently supervising 3 more. In addition, she has supervised numerous MsC thesis involving applications of NIRS. Dr Peréz Marín has served on the scientific committee of 6 international conferences, including NIR2003 in Córdoba and NIR2011 in Cape-Town.
In summary, these contributions cover the whole spectrum, from basic research to implementation and from the education of beginners through to the training of the next generation of researchers and professionals.

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Moon Kim, CMC member (2013-2019)

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Dr. Moon S. Kim began his scientific career in 1985 as an intern at the Sensor Concept and Development Branch at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center while completing his undergraduate work in math and physics at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). He continued full-time working on remote sensing projects with the NASA Biospheric Sciences Branch for over 10 years while completing his graduate degrees at UMCP. He joined the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Instrumentation and Sensing Laboratory (formerly led by Karl Norris), as a Research Physicist in 1999. The Instrumentation and Sensing Laboratory was eventually incorporated into the Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory (EMFSL). Dr. Kim currently leads the EMFSL Sensing Technologies group which is recognized globally for its spectral imaging research and sensing technology development for food safety inspection applications. He has authored and coauthored more than 300 scientific publications, including 156 peer-reviewed journal articles, 12 U.S. patents, and 10 book chapters, and has hosted over 30 national and international visiting scientists in his lab. Dr. Kim has received three national Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) and two mid-Atlantic FLC Excellence in Technology Transfer awards for hyperspectral imaging (2009), automated poultry inspection (2014, 2015), and handheld fluorescence imaging device for contamination and sanitation inspection (2015, 2016). Since 2009, he has chaired the annual Sensing for Agriculture and Food Quality and Safety Conference, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE).

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Paolo Berzaghi, CMC member (2015-2021)


Paolo Berzaghi was born in Italy and raised at the family dairy farm. He obtained his bachelor degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Padua (Italy) in 1988. In 1991 he moved to US to begin a Master program in dairy nutrition at Virginia Tech (VA). He began working at the University of Padua in 1993 as research assistant in the Animal Science Department. He was a Fulbright scholar between 1997 and 1998 spending 4 months at Penn State/Infrasoft International with Dr. Shenk. During that period he was heavily involved in developing and testing WinISI 1.0 and the Local algorithm. Beginning March 2000 he worked for two years as visiting scientist in Madison (WI), under a research agreement that involved the University of Padova, University of Wisconsin and ARS-USDA. Since that time he has been acting as technical manager of the NIRS Consortium, developing calibration and standardization for over 25 labs located across the US specialising in forage analysis. He currently spends two months every year in USA under the terms of a contract with ARS-USDA to maintain a research program at the US Dairy Forage Research Center (Madison, WI) developing rapid methods of analysis applied at farm level. A major interest was developing an NIR program for forage analysis in Italy. His group has developed and maintained calibrations for fresh (undried unground) forages in a small private network in 5 European countries using Foss and Zeiss Corona instruments. Together with Dinamica Generale, he has developed a portable NIR instrument for on-site forage analysis. He is currently the inventor or co-inventor of 5 patents all involving NIR from application at the farm to NIR database management. He maintains an NIR lab at the Department of Animal Science through contracts with private companies like feed mills and seed companies. Current interests are the development of solutions for the use of NIR on farms. In 2005 he patented a system for grain analysis on combine harvesters. In 2007 he started a university spin-off company,  GraiNIT, to produce and install NIT systems on commercial combines, grain elevators and flour mills. He has been an Associate Professor in Animal Science since 2002, part-time since 2006.

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Date online : 13 May 2016