I attended my first ICNIRS conference in 1991 in Aberdeen; the Proceedings of which we published jointly with VCH, the German Chemical Society publisher (now Wiley-VCH). Since then we have published a number of ICNIRS Proceedings (1995, 1997 and 2007 as Special Issues of JNIRS, 1999, 2001, 2003 and more recently 2017). We have just made these, with the exception of the JNIRS issues which are now published by SAGE, freely available at /nir-proceedings.

HSI 2018, the hyperspectral imaging and applications conference, is held every two years as part of the Photonex exhibition. It is a free conference, supported by the Photonex organisers and sponsors, and is chaired by Professor Stephen Marshall of the Hyperspectral Imaging Centre, University of Strathclyde, UK. JSI—Journal of Spectral Imaging is delighted both to sponsor and to be publishing a Special Issue of papers from the conference. In 2018, the dates are 10 and 11 October and the venue is the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, UK.

All contributors to IASIM-2018 are invited to submit a paper to a Special Issue of JSI—Journal of Spectral Imaging dedicated to the conference. IM Publications Open, publisher of JSI, is one of the sponsors of the meeting and is enabling you to publish an Open Access paper in the journal with absolutely no cost to you. Selected papers from the meeting will appear as a collection of “Papers Presented at IASIM-2018”, and will, of course, be freely available without restriction.

The Photonex exhibition is held each year in Coventry, UK. In even years it has hosted a conference on hyperspectral imaging, organised by Professor Steve Marshall from the University of Strathclyde, UK. For the first time, in October 2017, a smaller, industrially focused conference was held in a lecture theatre on the exhibition floor to fill in the conference gap in the odd years. I am sure most of those attending found it a useful and interesting event.