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 President for the current ICNIRS Conference, the Conference President for the next ICNIRS Conference  and three other members.

The CMC currently comprises the following:

  1. Executive Committee members (2017-2019)
    President: Tom Fearn
    President Elect: Soren Balling Engelsen
    Immediate Past President: Ana Garrido-Varo
    Secretary: Sirinnapa Saranwong
    Treasurer: Peter Tillman
  2. Conference President for the current ICNIRS Conference
    Soren Balling Engelsen (2017-2019)
  3. Conference President for the next ICNIRS Conference
    Roger Meder (2017-2019)
  4. Other members
    Dolorez Perez-Marin (2013-2019)
    Moon Kim (2013-2019)
    Paolo Berzhagi (2015-2021)


Roger Meder, Conference President for the next ICNIRS Conference (2017-2019)

Roger Meder

Roger Meder has a BSc and MSc in chemistry from Otago University in New Zealand. He completed his PhD with Prof Sir Paul Callaghan at Massey University (New Zealand) in the field of physics, specifically magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. He spent 16 years at the NZ Forest Research Institute where he first started using IR, NIR and NMR spectra to predict wood quality in order to provide rapid non-destructive measurement of end-use performance.

Upon moving to Australia in 2001, he spent a brief period at Queensland University of Technology and then joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) where was the Group Leader of several groups including the Forest Genetics, Genomics and Phenomics group within CSIRO Agriculture Flagship, which is located in Brisbane and Canberra. Due to severe government budget cuts the entire forestry group was disbanded and so Roger now has two roles as an independent consultant (Meder Consulting) in the broader forestry and agricultural sector and as an Adjunct Professor in the Forest Industries Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast. His current interest is the application of NIR spectroscopy to allow non-destructive, in-forest, rapid phenotyping of thousands of individuals within tree breeding trials to provide tree breeders with additional measures of wood quality (other than growth and density) to improve breeding selection.

He is an editor of the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy and has guest edited two Special Issues dedicated to Applications of NIR Spectroscopy to Wood and Wood Products. He holds positions within the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) as a Deputy Coordinator of Division 5 (Forest Products) and the Coordinator of Research Group 5.06 (Characterisation and Utilisation of Plantation Wood). He is a member of the Chairman’s Advisory Committee of the International Council for NIR Spectroscopy, and is Chair of the local organizing committee for NIR-2019 to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia.

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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)

MoonKimPhoto ICNIR 2016

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 : 10 October 2017