Description & rules

ICNIRS Karl Norris Award Call 2021: Call is closed

Please refer to the attached document ICNIRS Karl Norris Award Call 2021 for further information.

This award honours the unique contribution of Karl Norris as the internationally recognised founder of near infrared spectroscopy in the modern world. The award may be presented to one individual every two years at an ICNIRS Conference, and is in recognition of a major contribution to NIR science by a senior scientist.

Terms and Conditions

Title: The award shall be known as the “ICNIRS Karl Norris Award”. It may also, less formally, be called “The Norris Medal”.

Purpose: The award is made in recognition of a major contribution to the science of near infrared spectroscopy, including research and development of new technology.

Eligibility: The award is open to senior academic or industrial researchers from any country, and there is no restriction on the employment background of the nominee. The award can only be made to an individual, and a person having once received the award shall not again be eligible for nomination.

The Award: The award shall take the form of a medal, together with a monetary prize, to be funded by ICNIRS. The value of the prize will be determined from time to time by the Council Management Committee, but is designed to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and registration for the awardee to attend the ICNIRS Conference where the award will be presented. The awardee will also automatically become a member of ICNIRS for a two-year period, without paying the membership fee.

Description of the Medal: The medal will be cast in a bronze alloy to resemble gold, 5 cm in diameter, with a mounting clip and a blue ribbon for wearing around the neck. The front side of the medal will contain the words “The ICNIRS Karl Norris Award for Near Infrared Spectroscopy” and will bear an image of Karl Norris in raised metal and a copy of his signature. The reverse side of the medal will contain the words “International Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy”, the ICNIRS logo and the words “Presented to [awardee’s name] in [city], [country], [year].

Frequency of Award: The award shall be offered at intervals of two years. It shall not be awarded if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, no suitable candidate has been nominated.

Responsibilities of Awardee: The awardee shall be required to attend the relevant ICNIRS Conference to receive the award, and to deliver an address to be termed the “Norris Address”. The awardee shall provide to the ICNIRS Secretary a manuscript copy of his/her Norris Address, which may be published in the Conference Proceedings, the Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy or NIR News, as appropriate. The length of the text of the Norris Address will be left to the awardee unless otherwise directed by resolution of the Council Management Committee.

Nominations: Nominations for the award may be made by anyone. Each nomination must be seconded and must include the candidate’s full name and title, a short biography, a list of the candidate’s publications, a recent photograph and a statement generally supporting the nomination within the framework listed under “guidelines for Selection Committee”. Nominations must be sent to the ICNIRS President.

Closing Date: Nominations must be in the hands of the ICNIRS President no less than six months prior to the date of the ICNIRS Conference in the year of the award.

Responsibility for Administration of Award: The responsibility for the administration of the ICNIRS Karl Norris Award shall be vested in the Council Management Committee, but the process shall be managed by the ICNIRS President. The Selection Committee in this instance shall be the ICNIRS President’s Advisory Committee, each member of which will vote in order of his/her preference of the candidates. The President will co-ordinate the voting process and recommend the candidate with the most votes for approval by the Council Management Committee.

Guidelines for Selection Committee: In determining the successful candidate, the Selection Committee shall take into account any one or more of the following:

  1. The impact of the candidate’s work on the development of NIR science
  2. The impact of the candidate’s work on the development of NIR instrumentation and/or software
  3. The impact of the candidate’s work on the industry or application in which he/she works
  4. The candidate’s publications and/or other activities to communicate the results of his/her NIR research and development

The successful candidate shall be advised as soon as possible after nominations close, but in any case not less than two months prior to the date of the ICNIRS Conference in the year of the award, in order to allow the awardee to prepare a suitable address.

Updated : 18 August 2021