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11 April 2016

The history of the Dutch Chemometrics Society starts in 1972, with the merger of the discussion groups "Automation" and "Computerization" into the "Laboratory Optimization" group of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society. This discussion group, which was driven by first generation chemometricians like A. Dijkstra, G. Kateman and H.C. Smit, was later re-named into the "Working Party on Chemometrics", which also functions as the Dutch Chapter of the International Chemometrics Society. Two important initiatives taken by this group were the organization of a series of short courses on chemometrics for industry and the start of a series of international conferences on chemometrics in analytical chemistry (CAC). CAC I (1978), II (1982) and IV (1988) were held in The Netherlands.

Present activities of the Dutch Chemometrics Society include an annual symposium on chemometrics, workshops on more focused topics, as well as contributions to activities of (other working parties of) the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society. The symposium follows a "classical" format, whereas the workshops present a forum for advanced, in depth discussion in a very informal setting. With the dissemination of chemometrics into industry and institutes the need for such workshops grew rapidly, since chemometricians rarely find discussion partners in their immediate working environment. In 1989 three such workshops, one on Multivariate Data Analysis (MVA workshop), one on Experimental Design and Optimization, and one on Quality Assurance started with a meeting frequency of three times per year. The latter two workshops dried out of new topics, but the Multivariate Data Analysis Workshop is still going strong. In 2005, a new discussion group was started with a focus on the analysis of proteomics and metabolomics data (Bio-MVA workshop).

The second generation chemometricians also started a new conference series: the International Chemometrics Research Meeting (ICRM), which was held in The Netherlands in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2011, 2014 and 2017. ICRM has a format which makes it complementary to other conference series in this field. Key elements are: extended exchange of ideas in an informal atmosphere, limited number of lectures on a few selected topics, scheduled plenary discussion sessions, plenty of time for informal discussion, and continuous poster display.

Participants to the Dutch Chemometrics Society activities come from universities (40%), industry (40%) and institutes (20%).


Archive: ICRM 2017

11 April 2016


7th International Chemometrics Research Meeting

September 10th - 14th 2017

Fletcher Parkhotel Val Monte

Berg en Dal, The Netherlands


The International Chemometrics Research Meeting is organized every three years (by the Dutch Chemometrics Society). It is dedicated to in-depth discussion of recent chemometric and statistical developments that are relevant to analytical chemistry and its applications. The format of the meeting is inspired by the Gordon conferences:  two sessions per day (one in the morning and one in the evening), with an invited speaker, a discussant and lots of room for the floor discussion.

Participants can bring posters and there is room for a small number of contributed talks.

New this time are 4 short tutorials, on ASCA, PCA/PLS, penalties and on MCR. The tutorials take place in the afternoons. They do not overlap and attendance is free for conference participants.

A social program and conference dinner are also part of ICRM2017.

The following invited speakers gave a keynote lecture (click to see the abstract):