IRDG Christmas Meeting 2019

Visit us at the IRDG Christmas Meeting 2019. The Infrared and Raman Discussion Group’s meeting is on Thursday 19th December 2019 at UCL in London.

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IRDG Christmas Meeting

The Infrared and Raman Discussion Group (IRDG) was established in 1950 and is one of the UK’s oldest spectroscopy organisations. The group is made up of researchers from industry, government and academia who are interested in the theory, practice and teaching of infrared and Raman spectroscopy.

All are welcome to attend the meeting and join the group – see information about registration below.


Thursday 19th December 2019

  • 10:00 – Registration and coffee
  • 10:25 – Welcome and introduction
  • 10:30 – Keynote Lecture – Curt Marcott (Light Light Solutions, USA)
    Simultaneous Raman and Optical Photothermal IR Spectroscopy at Sub-micron Spatial Resolution
  • 11:00 – Fay Nicolson (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA)
    Non-Invasive In Vivo Imaging of Cancer Using Surface Enhanced Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy
  • 11:20 – Francesca Palombo (Exeter University, UK)
    Evaluating the Micromechanical Signatures of Collagen Hydrogels as Tissue Phantoms
  • 11:40 – Martin & Willis Prize winning lecture – Laura Moran (Exeter University, UK)
    Using Astrophysics to Improve Breast Cancer Detection
  • 12:00 – Lucia Burgio (Victoria and Albert Museum, University College London, UK)
    Have You Ever Wondered What a Museum Scientist Does?
  • 12:30 – Christmas lunch
  • 14:50 – Keynote Lecture – Andrew Whitley (HORIBA Scientific, USA)
    Cinderella and the Beanstalk – A Not So Raman Story
  • 15:20 – Mike George (Nottingham University, UK)
    Towards Greener Photochemistry
  • 15:40 – IRDG AGM
  • 16:00 – Poster session
  • 18:00 – End of formal proceedings


The meeting will be held at UCL in London:


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All are welcome to attend IRDG meetings by paying a non-member’s meeting fee, which also enrolls you as a member of the group. Membership is open to everyone interested in IR and Raman spectroscopy. The membership fee is kept very low so that everyone who wishes to join is able to do so.


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