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SfNIRS Board Elections 2024

By Ilias Tachtsidis, Yasuyo Minagawa, Martin Wolf, Stefan Carp

Nominations are being requested for the President-elect and the Board of Directors of the Society for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (SfNIRS). Support your fNIRS society and help us build its future by applying to these posts. You can find all the information in the 2024 elections page (You need to log in to be able to access).

Candidates\Applicants should be a member of the fNIRS society, and they can complete an online application form below by 13th of May 2024 17:00 [Eastern Standard Time (EST)]. President elect candidates should also secure endorsement from two current SfNIRS Board of Directors members or officers.

fNIRS 2024 at the University of Birmingham – Initial preparations

By Erin Buckley, Hamid Dehghani, Javier Andreu-Pérez and Felipe Orihuela-Espina

Dear SfNIRSers,

As you know by now, our next biennial meeting will be held at the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom) on September 11th to 15th, 2024, and we are already planning for it.

Samuel A. Montero-Hernandez has been appointed virtual chair.
We have assembled the program committee with distinguished researchers from around the world and across subdisciplines:

BulgarelliChiaraBirkbeck CollegeUKEurope
SchmitzChristophHTW BerlinGermanyEurope
von LuhmannAlexBerlin Institute of TechnologyGermanyEurope
BrigadoiSabrinaUniversity of PadovaItalyEurope
Benavides-VarelaSilviaUniversity of PadovaItalyEurope
LeffDanImperial College LondonUKEurope
MesquitaRicksonUniversidad do CampinasBrazilSouthAmerica
HightonDavidUniversity of QueenslandAustraliaAustralia
DiopMamadouUniversity of Western OntarioCanadaNorthAmerica
YucelMeryemBoston UniversityUSANorthAmerica
PerlmanSusan B.Washington University- St. LouisUSANorthAmerica
GuevaraEdgarUniversidad Autonoma de San Luis PotosíMexicoNorthAmerica
LeeSeung YupKennesaw State UniversityUSANorthAmerica
FerradalSilvinaIndiana UniversityUSANorthAmerica
ChhabraHarleenNational Institute of Mental Health and NeurosciencesIndiaAsia
Al-ShargieFaresAmerican University of SharjahUAEAsia
NiuHaijingBeijing Normal UniversityChinaAsia
TakSunghoKorea Basic Science InstituteKoreaAsia

Locally, we have been working with the University of Birmingham campus services to identify appropriate space and arrange catering details. We are happy to announce that we are now ready to plan for the oral presentations and the workshops. These will take place in our impressive Teaching and Learning Center with capacity for 500 attendants, whereas posters and sponsor stalls will be in the magnificent Great Hall located in the Aston Webb building.

We are also working on launching the conference website and designing a unique conference logo. We will soon put out a call for sponsors.

While there is still a lot to do, preparations are moving forward. We are excited to host you here in Birmingham!

SfNIRS’s solidarity with Turkey and Syria

The SfNIRS Society and its members are heartbroken by the tragic loss of many lives as a result of the earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria on Feb 6th, 2023. We express our solidarity and support with all those who were affected by this terrible tragedy. Anyone wishing to make a donation to help the people affected please consider the following organizations:

SfNIRS Newsletter January 2022

Welcome to the January 2022 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter, covering the period from July 2021 through December 2021. It has been an unusually long period between issues, which are otherwise more or less quarterly. Lest you think this was a period of low activity, the longer time reflects a substantial increase of activity and our correspondingly busier agendas. Since July 2021, Executive Board elections for SfNIRS took place, the 2021 SfNIRS virtual meeting happened (and was a smashing success), a new DEI committee was created, the website saw important changes in organization and appearance, and many other activities have continued that are organized and/or endorsed by the Society. In short, it’s been a busy time! Here is a summary of the second half of 2021.


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

SfNIRS Newsletter July 2021

Welcome to the July 2021 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter, covering the period from April 2021 through June 2021. The process of compiling nominations for this year’s board election is now finished, and we are looking forward to the elections themselves. Preparations for the 2021 SfNIRS virtual meeting have picked up speed. The educational committee has done a great job: we have a dozen sessions altogether! Our last call saw Rens Burghardt join the SfNIRS Communications Committee. On top of all that, SfNIRS research webinars have continued providing us with overviews of some of the latest research from our early career members. As some labs are slowly –but surely!–returning to campus, research activity is picking up pace. A slew of new research findings were highlighted by the many news items in which fNIRS was featured.


Nominees for SfNIRS board elections 2021

By Nomination Committee, Alessandro Torricelli, Yasuyo Minagawa, Joy Hirsh

Due to the Pandemic situation, we have elections in 2021, i.e. one year later than planned and the next term will exceptionally be of 3 years duration, i.e. elections in 2024. The following positions are up for election:


Best practices for fNIRS publications

By Meryem Yücel


Launch of the new calendar

By Meryem Yücel.

Dear SfNIRSers,

I hope this post finds everyone on good health! I have a quick announcement from the CommComm. Now the community has its own calendar for all the fNIRS related events (conferences, courses, educational webinars, stand-alone talks, you name it). Judit and Rickson already added the webinars they are running.


SfNIRS Newsletter April 2021

Welcome to the April 2021 issue of the SfNIRS newsletter, covering the period from November 2020 through March 2021. This period has seen the board agree on the tough but necessary decision of delaying our biennial meeting one more year. Also, the election of a new president-elect and board members is approaching and we are starting nominations. Other news include the updated schedules of educational tutorials, research webinars, the new calendar feature, etc. Here is a summary of what happened in these last months.