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The fNIRS 2021 Virtual Meeting

By Ilias Tachtsidis and Meryem Yücel

Dear all, the October general meeting of the society, the first in virtual format is now over. In this post you will get:

  • Some conference highlights
  • the relevant statistics
  • the playlist to all the videos in the YouTube channel of the society
  • and the award winners

Conference Highlights

  • Large participation of students presenting in oral sessions and posters
  • Extensive and wide fNIRS research output besides the extremely difficult year with the pandemic restrictions
  • The effort of the virtual conference organising committee working across time zones to deliver an engaging conference.

Ilias: “Personally, I am really proud of the organising committee of the virtual conference that includes lots of young researchers; a great testament that our society has a bright an NIR bright future”.


  • 471 participants registered; 41% students, 7% Industry, 49% Non-students and 3% unspecified.
  • 35 countries from all continents; Africa (0.1%), North America (42%), South America (3%), Australia (4%), Asia (16%), and Europe (35%), showing that we are truly global society.
  • 261 abstracts received; of which 151 from students.
    • 72 Oral talks, 186 Posters and 3 rejected.
    • 114 from Europe, 101 from America, 36 from Asia and 10 from Australia.
  • 1 New Special Session fNIRS Standards
  • The average number of people in the ZOOM sessions was 200 and for Gather Town 150 people

Videos playlist

YouTube playlist is here:


Award winners

fNIRS in Neurodevelopment Research                                                                 
StudentLisanne SchroerLisanne Schroer
SeniorLaura PirazzoliLaura Pirazzoli
fNIRS in Clinical Applications
StudentSusanna TagliabueSusana Tagliabue
SeniorHarleen ChhabraHarleen Chhabra
Multimodal Measurements
StudentJonas B. FischerJonas B. Fischer
SeniorMaheen SiddiquiMaheen Siddiqui
fNIRS in Cognitive and Social Interactions Neuroscience Research
StudentUzair HakimUzair Hakim
SeniorDeborah TalamontiDeborah Talamonti
Data Analysis, Signal Processing & AI
StudentZhengchen CaiZhengchen Cai
SeniorAndrou AbdalmalakAndrou Abdalmalak
Hardware Development
StudentChen-Hao LinChen-Hao Lin
SeniorNisan OzanaNisan Ozana
fNIRS Other Topics
StudentHoma VahidiHoma Vahidi
SeniorGemma BaleGemma Bale
Early Investigator Award Ceremony
Wesley BakerWesley Baker