Infrared & Raman Courses, Inc., exists solely to provide continuing education resources for vibrational spectroscopy to the scientific community.


Due to the Global Coronavirus Pandemic we no longer have a contract for the venue.  The College cannot guarantee that they will be able to provide for the course during the summer as they may well remain closed for that time.  The campus is currently shut down through May and no students or visitors are allowed on campus.


Vibrational spectroscopy is an extremely useful and cost effective technique for the structural elucidation of molecules and ions, as well as polymers. The ability to interpret vibrational spectra and hence to identify the presence or absence of organic or inorganic functional groups and their surrounding environment is vital to anyone who uses an infrared or Raman spectrometer.

Interpretation of Infrared and Raman Spectra. •Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Date to be determined.



The course is designed to present a strategy to determine chemical structure from both infrared and Raman spectra. Participants master how to interpret spectra in a “learn by doing” environment. The goal is to make correct band assignments with the use of multiple spectral bands and features to determine correct chemical structures.

Coronavirus Cancellation

Infrared & Raman Courses, Inc., has closely monitored the global pandemic.  We have primarily followed the guidance of the the epidemiological and infectious disease community.  As scientists, we prefer to listen to specialists in the field.  When we could no longer be sure that the venue would be available, and there has been mounting evidence that the pandemic could easily stretch into the summer, the Board of Directors decided to cancel the course.

These courses have been held every summer since 1950 and we are saddened that this series has been interrupted by the pandemic.  Nevertheless, the health and well-being of the participants and staff is of paramount importance.  We wish everyone to keep safe and healthy during this difficult time.

This policy was enacted March 6, 2020 and a decision to cancel the course was made March 23, 2020.



On-campus accommodation registration includes lodging in a quad-suite with separate bedrooms (a bathroom and common area are shared), meals Sunday evening through Friday lunch, the course Lobster Bake, and all class materials.

It is possible to have lodging off-campus. On-campus meals and the Lobster Bake are available at additional cost.

We also have available a small number of quad-suites for families or groups of two or more. The cost of such a suite not include meals or the Lobster Bake, but of course these are available for an additional cost. Please note: there are no cooking facilities in the quad-suites.

The costs of the course will be determined at a later date, but every effort will be made to keep the costs as low as possible.


 Registration is currently closed

A guide to payment by credit card to avoid PayPal accounts as well as to use different participant and billing addresses is available here.

Updated March 23, 2020