The council is an organization whose primary objective is to advance
and disseminate knowledge and information concerning the art and
science of near-infrared spectroscopy and other allied sciences. The Council For Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (CNIRS) is a technical affiliate of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.
The council sponsors many activities throughout the year,
including the International Diffuse Reflectance Conference (IDRC) in
Chambersburg Pennsylvania. The next conference is scheduled for July 30 - August 5, 2016.