How the IRDG can help you

This is your opportunity to meet others who are interested in IR and Raman spectroscopy, both newcomers and experts from industry and academia. You can hear and discuss both formally and informally, instrumentation, techniques and applications. Some meetings include exhibits of instruments and literature, and there is usually the opportunity to see the spectroscopic equipment at the meeting centre. Representatives from prominent manufacturers are often present and you can discuss with them informally new instrument developments, or problems with current instruments.

The Location and Frequency of the IRDG Meetings

There are usually three one-day meetings each year, which are held throughout the country although the Christmas meeting is traditionally held in central London. Several other meetings may be organised jointly with other relevant groups. Meeting subjects are intentionally chosen over a wide range so as to interest and inform both newcomers to the art, and those who have been practising for many years. Speakers may be regular group members or may be invited from the UK or abroad.

Costs of Membership and How to Join

Professionals:  £15 per three years
Unemployed and Retired:  £3 per three years
Students:  Students who attend an IRDG meeting will automatically receive membership

The current fixed 3-year membership period runs from January 2016 to December 2018. All members will be required to renew their membership in January 2019.

Membership is open to all who are interested in IR and Raman spectroscopy, including students. The cost is deliberately kept very low to ensure that cost is not an influencing factor against joining. The group encourages participation by young scientists. Reduced rates are offered for attendance at meetings, as well as for membership. Beginning in 1994 a prize, in memory of our first two chairmen (Dr. A.E. Martin, 1950-70, and Professor Harry W. Willis, 1970-90), was offered for the best presentation by a young spectroscopist (not necessarily a member). Other prizes are also awarded, and a limited number of travel grants are available for student members to attend meetings. A constitution was approved by members present at the Christmas meeting in 2009. Copies are available from the membership secretary.

Application forms are available from any committee member and are also available by downloading the form through the link at the bottom of this page. Please complete and return the application form and return to the Membership Secretary with the appropriate fee (currently payable by cheque to IRDG, via bank transfer or through online – coming soon). The address details can be found at the bottom of the membership form.

Non-members may attend any meeting on payment of the specified non-member’s meeting fee which will also enroll them as a member of the group.


We are currently revamping our membership system online. Please do not post cheques until further notice.