NIR 2011

15th International Conference on Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR 2011)

Dear Colleagues

By now I am sure that many of you are aware of the 15th International Conference on Near infrared Spectroscopy (NIR 2011) taking place in Cape Town from 13-20 May 2011. NIR spectroscopy is a high-precision analytical technique that is widely used in the food and agricultural industries. Flour mills use NIR spectroscopy extensively to determine protein and moisture content of flour and whole grain. In the meat industry it is applied to determine protein and fat content, while wine makers, e.g. determine alcohol and sugar content. It is also extensively used in the dairy and sugar industries as a quality control tool for various measurement. More recent applications include the determination of aspalathin in rooibos tea and mangiferin in honeybush. It is also used for confirmation of authenticity.

A huge advantage of NIR spectroscopy is that it does not require any chemicals and can replace analytical methods that do use harsh chemicals. It is an environmentally friendly technique that is increasingly in demand around the world.

I know that a number of you have already registered and will attend as either delegates, sponsors or presenting authors - looking forward to seeing you soon!

For those who want to learn more about this technique and its applications, a number of pre-conference courses will be presented from 14-15 May 2011. Please find attached a detailed list of the courses. More details on the courses and presenters as well as the registration form can be found on the NIR 2011 website.

If you have any enquiries or interested to sponsor our Food Session, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Hope to meet you in Cape Town!

With kind regards


Marena Manley: Chair: NIR 2011 and Professor, Department of Food Science, Stellenbosch University
Postal address: Private Bag X1, Matieland (Stellenbosch) 7602 South Africa
Physical address: Hammanshandweg, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
Contact numbers: Tel: +27 21 808 3511; Cell: +27 82 771 5716; Fax: +27 21 808 3510


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