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Attendee Profile

The conference draws researchers, application applied scientists, medical professional, engineers, instrumentation developers and grad students, from universities, research institutes, government agencies, and industry.


The ICAVS conference typically rotates among the continents, with ICAVS­7 held in Japan (2013), ICAVS­8 in Austria (2015), and ICAVS9 in Canada (2017). The past three conferences have attracted between 450-­700 participants from all over the world, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, India, Korea, Austria, Canada, USA, Germany, Japan, France, China and Brazil, among others.

The ICAVS meetings arose from two series, one that started in 1970, and a second that was originally a special conference, and not intended to be a series, in 1993.  The first series was the International Conference on Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (ICOFTS) which began in 1970 in Aspen, USA and continued in 1977 and 1981 in South Carolina, USA.  Following the 1981 conference, ICOFTS became a biennial conference and held the first meeting outside the USA in Durham, UK.  ICOFTS continued to run every two years at locations around the globe.

The Advanced Infrared Spectroscopy (AIRS) Meeting was the second series that helped shape the ICAVS.  The first AIRS meeting was held in 1993 in Tokyo, Japan and was followed by a meeting in 1996 in North Carolina, UK and in 1998 in Vienna, Austria.

In the late 1990’s and with an aim of bringing scientist together it was decide to bring these meeting together into a meeting titled the International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy (ICAVS).

The first of the ICAVS meeting was held in 2001 in Turku, Finland and continues as a biennial conference moving throughout the world.

Conference Year Location Chair Program Chair
ICAVS1 2001 Turku, Finland Jyrki Kauppinnen Matti Hotokka
ICAVS2 2003 Nottingham, UK Michael George John Chalmers
ICAVS3 2005 Wisconsin, USA Larry Nafie and Rina Dukor
ICAVS4 2007 Corfu, Greece Vasilius Gregariou Bernhard Lendl
ICAVS5 2009 Melbourne, Australia Donald McNaughton Bayden Wood
ICAVS6 2011 California, USA James de Haseth Curtis Marcott
ICAVS7 2013 Kobe, Japan Yukihiro Ozaki Taskeshi Hasegawa
ICAVS8 2015 Vienna, Austria Bernhard Lendl Michael George
ICAVS9 2017 Victoria, Canada Alexandre Brolo Dennis Hore
ICAVS10 2019 Auckland, New Zealand Keith Gordon and Frédérique


Ian R. Lewis

The Australian Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy (ACOVS) conference series began in 1995 in Sydney and has been held every two years since: Brisbane 1996, 2011; Melbourne 1998, 2003, 2009; Sydney 2005; Wollongong 2007; Adelaide 2014; New Zealand 2011. This will be the second time the ICAVS and ACOVS meetings are held in conjunction with each other, the first time being in 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.