Plenary Speakers



Jean-Michel Roger

‘Applications of NIR spectroscopy coupled with chemometrics on environmental and agricultural issues’

Jean-Michel ROGER received his rural engineer degree in 1990 and his PhD in 1995. Since the 90s he has been conducting research in near infrared spectrometry and in chemometrics. His constant concern is to produce simple and operational solutions to implement NIRS to the problems related to the environment and the agriculture. To make the embedded sensors operational, he initially studied the calibration robustness problems. Together with Tom Fearn he thus promoted orthogonalization methods. These methods are now used in practical applications, as calibration transfer or moisture effect correction in NIR based soil characterization. He also studied the variable selection techniques, dedicated to the specific case of NIRS, which allowed him to develop NIR sensors for environmental and agricultural applications. In 2016 he received the Tomas Hirschfeld Award from the International Committee of NIR spectroscopy. In 2018, he created the chemometrics research pole ChemHouse, which promotes education, research and cooperation about NIRS and chemometrics (


Gert Desmet
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

‘Current state-of-the-art in column technology for liquid chromatography’

Gert Desmet has a Master’s degree and PhD in chemical engineering from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium, where he currently is a full professor in chemical engineering. His research mainly focuses on the miniaturization and automation of separation methods, as well as on the investigation and the modeling of flow effects in chromatographic systems.
He is a past chair of the Chemistry Panel of the Flemish National Science Fund and currently is the Deputy-director of the Solvay Institute for Chemistry. He also is an Associate Editor for the journal "Analytical Chemistry" and was the recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant.
He is also a member of the permanent scientific committee of the international HPLC and ISC conference series.


HomolaHomola Jiří
Institute of Photonics & Electronics, Czech Academy of Sciences

Advances in plasmonic affinity biosensors for medicine

Jiří Homola is Deputy Director and the Head of Optical Biosensors research group at the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD (1993) from the Czech Academy of Sciences. From 1993 to 1997 he worked at the Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Prague as a Research Scientist. From 1997 to 2002 he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle (USA), since 2001 as a Research Associate Professor. From 2003, he has been with the Institute of Photonics and Electronics in Prague and has been responsible for the optical biosensors research program. In 2009, he received his DSc. degree in technical sciences from the Czech Academy of Sciences and in 2014 he became Professor of physics at Charles University in Prague. From 2009 to 2019, he was Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. His research interests are in photonics and biophotonics, in particular in optical sensors and biosensors. He investigates photonic and plasmonic phenomena and pursues the development of sensor instrumentation, microfluidic devices, and functional coatings for optical biosensors for molecular biology, medical diagnostics, food safety, and security. He has received the Roche Diagnostics Prize for Sensor Technology, Award for Outstanding Research of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, among other awards. He has been elected Fellow of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic and Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). He serves as associate editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics (Elsevier).