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Communication Committee

The role of the communications committee is to facilitate and enhance communications between the society and the membership through the monthly newsletter, Facebook and Twitter.


Past members

  • Gemma Bale, UK, (2016-2021)
  • Jeff Dunn, Canada, (2015-2021)
  • Dani Forster, Australia (2016-2021)
  • Kaja Jasinska, USA (2015-2021)
  • Noman Naseer, Pakistan (2017-2021)
  • Chunming Lu, China (2015-2021)
  • Mari franceschini, USA (2016-2019)

Education Committee

The mission of the Education Committee is to provide information about, promote and organize training sessions and other educational material related to the use, applications, data analysis and interpretation of fNIRS techniques.

Judit Gervain, France, Chair (2017-)
Rickson Mesquita, Brazil, Chair
Silvia Benavides, Italy
Robert Cooper, UK
Lauren Emberson, USA
Christophe Grova, Canada
Sarah Lloyd-Fox, UK
Yasuyo Minagawa, Japan
Hellmuth Obrig, Germany

Standardization Committee

The role of the Standardization Committee (SC) is to provide the fNIRS community (scientists, clinicians, industries) with a collection of best practice guidelines for supporting all aspects relevant to the fNIRS technique, from performance assessment of instrumentation to correct implementation of fNIRS measurements, from basic data analysis procedures to advanced statistical methods. Check out our page to learn more about our activities, and the Resources Tab to find out more on hardware, software, data streaming and data format.


Meryem Ayşe Yücel‬, USA, Chair (2022-)

Alessandro Torricelli, Italy, co-Chair (Past Chair, 2016-2022)

Ilias Tachtsidis, UK (2023-)

Alexander von Lühmann, Germany (2023-)

Contact Alessandro or Meryem if you are interested on becoming a member.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee

The Society for NIRS is committed to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to raising awareness, guiding learning, and supporting those members who might be marginalized or stereotyped. As an international organization it is understood that issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion are not the same for all countries and we seek to represent and address this international range of issues. The committee is grounded by basic values that include 1) the highest standards in science, engineering, and clinical practice; and 2) the commitment to welcome all members of the NIRS community regardless of ethnic or cultural background or personal identity into our rapidly-expanding field.


  • Joy Hirsch, USA, Chair
  • Turgut Durduran, Spain, Chair
  • Meredith Pecukonis, USA
  • Fen Zhang, Belgium
  • Claudio Ferre, USA
  • Candida Barreto, Brazil
  • Guy Perkins, Italy
  • Maheen Siddiqui, UK
  • Sobanawartiny Wijeakumar, UK
  • David Highton, Australia
  • Hari Varma, India

if interested joining the committee email DEI@fnirs.org