Increased global travel has facilitated the spread of viruses like Zika. Researchers and personnel in the medical field are challenged to find quicker ways to combat and eliminate these viruses. ASD alongside Portable Analytical Solutions are organizing a workshop as part of the NIR 2019 conference in Australia’s Gold Coast. Learn how researchers like Dr Maggy Sikulu-Lord, from the University of Queensland’s faulty of Medicine is using the LabSpec4 NIR to detect Aedes moquitoes before they become infections. See how her data collection is 18 times faster while costing one 110th as much compared to alternative methods like the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

Our workshop also discusses challenges to the mining, agriculture and meat industry as a result of heightened consumerism. For instance scarcity of viable area for mining, decreased levels of carbon in soil, hence impacting soil fertility and other environmental effects. Our specialists from our supply center alongside guest speakers will share about available remote sensing and near infra-red solutions to help businesses find quicker, more affordable and reliable methods of data collection and analysis for mining exploration, agriculture and environmental monitoring.

13:00 Introduction to ASD remote sensing and near infrared technology and solutions (Paul Martin, Portable Analytical Solutions)
13:30 Mining: Cost effective mapping and discrimination of new prospects for mining exploration with portable NIR and remote sensing (Dan Shiley, Application Specialist, ASD)
- Look out for case study involving renowned researchers leveraging on the TerraSpec® Halo mineral identifier to advance life on Mars
14:00 Monitoring and regulating spread of diseases: Rapid investigation of zika virus in mosquitoes (Dr Maggy Sikulu-Lord, Researcher from University of Queensland’s Faulty of Medicine)
14:30 Tea break
15:00 Viable agriculture: Regulating the use of pesticides and fertilizers amidst monitoring of C and N for plant fertility (Dan Shiley, Application Specialist, ASD)
15:30 Introduction to chemometrics: collecting good data and reference libraries (Dan Shiley, Application Specialist, ASD)
- Debunking myths relating to calibration, reference points, libraries and more
- What to look out for
- Making sense of the data
16:15 Complimentary analysis using elemental analysis for soil, air emissions and food additives
16:30 One-on-one consultations with ASD and PAS
17:00 End