Christmas 2016 Meeting

General registration for IRDG 216, the 2016 Christmas Meeting, AGM and Poster Session is now open. This meeting is strictly limited to 140 attendees and, as of today (21/11/2016), there are around 40 places remaining. If you are planning to attend, we therefore suggest you submit your completed registration form (which can be downloaded using the link below) as soon as possible.


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2016 Christmas Meeting Announcement

The programme for the 2016 Christmas IRDG Meeting, AGM and Poster Session has now been published. For more information visit:

IRDG members benefit from a two week priority booking period for this meeting, which is regularly oversubscribed, and should be receiving details via email in the next few days. Should any places still be available after this period, details for general registration will be circulated via email, on the IRDG website and via social media.

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Next Meeting – IRDG 213

The next IRDG meeting (IRDG 213) will take place on Wednesday 20th April 2016 and is being hosted by Renishaw plc at their Wotton-under-Edge site. Full programme details are now available on the IRDG website and registration is open. For more information, please visit:

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EPSRC Roadmap on Optical Spectroscopy

The IRDG were asked to be involved in gathering information on the current use of Raman and IR instrumentation in the UK (both academically and industrially) by the EPSRC. The IRDG have been asked to host the draft Roadmap document on its website for comment by the vibrational spectroscopy community and this can be accessed via the following link:

EPSRC Roadmap Final

The aim of this survey was to produce a picture of the optical spectroscopy landscape within the UK research sector both academically and industrially. This covered all levels of instrumentation capability from high end to hand held portable systems. The data from the survey has now been analysed and will be presented to the EPSRC as part of their roadmapping exercise to better understand the future needs for investment in cutting-edge and underpinning equipment to support world-leading physical science and engineering in the UK.

However, before final submission, we are now inviting comments on this document via the following weblink ( or using the form at the bottom of this post.

We welcome comments and feedback on the document from the community. The deadline for responses is 15th January 2016.

Best wishes

Karen Faulds

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Martin & Willis Student Prize Meeting and IRDG 210

We’ve just posted details of the forthcoming Martin & Willis Student Prize meeting being held at the University of Exeter on Wednesday 26th August 2015. This meeting is followed by the 210th full meeting of the IRDG on Thursday 27th August. For more information, visit the following webpages:

or click through here to the announcement email

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Norman Sheppard Obituary

Norman Sheppard FRS, an attendee at the first ever IRDG meeting held in Glasgow on 20th January 1950 and the recipient of the inaugural IRDG Norman Sheppard Award in 2012, passed away, aged 93, on the 10th April 2015. An obituary was published in the Guardian newspaper and is available here.

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Next Meeting – IRDG 209

The next IRDG meeting (IRDG 209) will take place on Thursday 30th April 2015 at Unilever R&D, Colworth. Further details will follow.

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2014 Norman Sheppard Award

Congratulations to Professor Ewen Smith, recipient of the 2014 Norman Sheppard Award for Vibrational Spectroscopy.

Professor Ewen Smith being presented with the 2014 Norman Sheppard Award by IRDG Chairman Geoff Dent.

Professor Ewen Smith being presented with the 2014 Norman Sheppard Award by IRDG Chairman Geoff Dent.

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2014 Christmas Meeting Now Full

The Christmas meeting is now full. We already have a couple of requests that will be added to a waiting list. If anyone has a place that they won’t be able to use for any reason, please let us know so that we can re-allocate to someone who can attend.

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Christmas Tickets Almost Gone

Only 6 places left now! Will we sell out before the weekend?

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