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Statement on Ukraine

The Society for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy condemns the military aggression against Ukraine and stands with all the people who oppose this war.
We stand in solidarity with the scientists, the research community and all Ukrainian people who are currently under siege in Ukraine and we denounce the atrocities against childrens, civilians, cities and hospitals. We join the scientific and global community in calling for peace and an immediate end to this conflict. 
Should you wish to lend assistance, a list of organizations who are attempting to provide help appears below: 
  • Colleges at The Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering, in Warsaw Poland are actively helping scientists and students displaced from Ukraine. Information of this effort can be found on their Facebook group. Alternatively go on their website for more information and contact details. 
  • Science for Ukraine is an organization which aims to support scientists from Ukraine by promoting and listing opportunities across the globe. 
  • A list composed and maintained by Ukraine Global Scholars, (the list is here)
  • WaveJobs: Photonic Aid For Ukraine, the photonics employment-searching portal, is listing work and academic opportunities in photonics for those fleeing Ukraine in need of employement elsewhere. WaveJobs is actively accepting job postings from employers offering positions to refugees from Ukraine and is dedicated to creating a network of contacts between employers and those in need of opportunities.
  • UNICEF is supporting health, nutrition, safe drinking water, sanitation, and protection for children and families caught in the conflict in Ukraine.
  • The International Rescue Committee is preparing to provide critical aid to displaced families affected by conflict in Ukraine.
  • International Committee of the Red Cross seeks to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross.
  • Voices of Children is helping to provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the Ukrainian conflict and helps them to overcome consequences of armed conflict. 
  • Save the Children, which has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, is providing psychosocial support, distributing winter kits and hygiene kits and providing cash grants to families so they can meet basic needs such as food, rent, medicines, and other vital resources. 
  • The UN Refugee Agency contributes to emergency relief efforts and helps provide humanitarian assistance to those in crisis. The UNHCR is currently taking donations to send aid to families in Ukraine.
  • Caritas is a Polish charity organization currently accepting donations for the “Aid For Ukraine” fundraiser to supply urgent hygiene and basic material assistance along with financial assistance to people in need due to the invasion. 

We understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for those effected by the conflict, which has brought unimaginable pain and suffering. If anyone wishes to contact SfNIRS for support or help, you can contact the Diversity Equality and Inclusion (DEI) committee via Guy Perkins or the Society board members at


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

Year end message from the President of the fNIRS Society

Dear SfNIRS members

I wish you all a happy New Year!

As we reflect on 2021, we can all feel pride about our accomplishments in the past year.


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.


Brain Initiative workshop on the dissemination of non-invasive imaging technologies

By Adam Eggebrecht

A Brain Initiative workshop on the dissemination of non-invasive imaging technologies was held as a virtual meeting on February 18-19, 2021. The talks are currently available for streaming on YouTube at