Sep 2022 | tba

Second Symposium on

Short Wave
infrared Imaging
and Spectroscopy

March 24 2021
Online meeting

listen to  The sound of SWIImS 2019 : Depeche Mode *The Sun And The Rainfall*

Spectro Expo has been postponed to Mar 24-26 2021! Free online meeting

General Chair – Aoife Gowen


The aim of this symposium is to bring together people working with imaging and spectroscopic data in the wavelength range 780 – 2500 nm.



The SWIImS symposium will run for the second time in 2021, as part of the SpectraExpo in parallel with Whispers and HyperMLPA. SWIImS participants will have full access to all Whispers and HyperMLPA sessions and vice versa. Proceedings will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Spectral Imaging following peer review.

Plenary speaker

Aquaphotomics for precision agriculture

Aquaphotomics is a scientific field, developed on foundations provided by visible-near infrared spectroscopy (vis-NIR). More than two decades long experience in working with application of vis-NIR spectroscopy for the research of water, aqueous and biological systems resulted in a recognition that water, as an intrinsic element of all these systems, is a complex molecular system. Owing to the high sensitivity of hydrogen bonds to any perturbation, either external or internal, the water on a molecular level functions as a sensor. The spectroscopy then utilizes the light to probe the systems and read what the “water-sensor” measured. This operating principle is in the basis of novel aquaphotomics measurement technology which allows non-destructive measurements and characterization of aqueous and biological systems using water spectral pattern as an integrative marker/biomarker which connects the structure of the system with its functionality. The results obtained so far using point-spectroscopy demonstrated feasibility of aquaphotomics for many agricultural applications (among others) which can further be expanded by the use of spectral imaging systems and lead towards innovative strategies in precision agriculture.


Prof. Roumiana Tsenkova from Kobe University, Japan is a founder of a new scientific discipline – Aquaphotomics, an integrative platform that provides scientific framework and innovative technological solutions for noninvasive measurements and monitoring based on the water molecular dynamics. As a product of her discoveries that near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) can be used for disease diagnostics (published in 1985) and that system’s water spectral pattern can be used as biomarker (published in 2001), she has proposed the establishment of Aquaphotomics, for the first time, at the International Conference on Near Infrared Spectroscopy in New Zealand, 2005. She established Aquaphotomics as complementary to existing “omics” disciplines but with the global, integrative approach, showing that all elements investigated in other “omics” disciplines can also be investigated through measurements of the surrounding water indirectly. She initiated and promoted the spreading of developed measurement platform to diverse fields of applications and fabrication of novel sensing devices.

People are invited to submit new research results on the following suggested topics:

–          Near infrared spectroscopy
–          Short wave infrared hyperspectral imaging
–          Predictive modelling with NIR data
–          Macroscopic SWIR reflectance or transmission imaging
–          Microscopic SWIR reflectance, transmission
            or darkfield imaging
–          NIR/SWIR Instrumental design
–          New chemometric methods for NIR data analysis

Application oriented papers are also welcome:

–          Food
–          Agriculture
–          Pharmaceutical
–          Biomedical
–          Environmental
–          Industrial


The conference was to be held at the Beurs Van Belage, Amsterdam’s most in-demand conference venue. It is located just 15 min by train from Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, and only steps aways from the Dam and the Royal Palace.

Damrak 243, 1012 ZJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands

After carefully monitoring the health global situation, we are considering it is not safe to propose a physical meeting in January.
We eventually decided to turn the Spectro Expo to a virtual online event, open for free to the public.