IVAN (International Varian-Agilent NMR users group) Introduction

Introduction of IVAN

The International Varian-Agilent NMR users group sponsored by MR Resources.

MR Resources is pleased to announce the formation of a new international organization directed toward owners and users of NMR spectrometers from Varian Inc. and Agilent Technologies Inc.

As we all know, on October 14, 2014 Agilent Technologies Inc., owner of the former NMR division of Varian Inc., exited the NMR business. As a result, during the two years since, MR Resources has greatly increased its service and support commitment to Varian-Agilent NMR owners and users, welcoming many new customers in the process. MR Resources is fully dedicated to helping support the approximately 5,500 Varian-Agilent NMR spectrometers that remain in use worldwide. We hope that MR Resources will be the new home for all Varian-Agilent NMR spectrometer owners and users worldwide.

As such, to further increase our on-going commitment to Varian-Agilent NMR users, MR Resources will provide full and exclusive sponsorship for the IVAN Users Group. The purpose of the group will be to facilitate on-going technical support of the International Varian-Agilent NMR spectrometer user community by fostering interactive information exchange and face-to-face meetings of users. We wish to provide a much needed home base and platform for meetings, communications and other activities for owners and users of Varian-Agilent NMR spectrometers. MR Resources and IVAN are not affiliated with Agilent Technologies Inc. or Varian Inc. in any way.

The IVAN Users Group is now officially active, and to start things off MR Resources will sponsor a series of informative and interactive meetings for Varian-Agilent NMR users locally, regionally and in conjunction with NMR conferences. The IVAN meetings will take place in different locations around the world. Locations for meetings will be determined by the needs of users. Please indicate on the membership sign-up form if you would like to participate in an organization in your area. These meetings will be exclusive to IVAN User Group members and will be free of charge to attend. These meetings will bring together owners, customers and users, along with MR Resources personnel and many highly committed former Varian-Agilent experts. Indeed, the IVAN Executive Committee is comprised of a “Who’s Who” from the Varian-Agilent NMR companies and the NMR community at large. Our first meeting will be in San Jose, California at the Fairmont Hotel on Friday October 28, 2016. We are also planning a subsequent full day meeting to accompany the Asilomar ENC in the spring of 2017 to be held the Saturday before the ENC opening.

If you are an owner of a Varian-Agilent NMR spectrometer or an interested user, you are invited to join IVAN and attend our meetings, as well as participate in other activities that will soon be developed. Select Join IVAN and fill out the membership form. We urge as many Varian-Agilent NMR spectrometer owners and users worldwide to join this very important group in order to ensure continuing operation and longevity of the Varian-Agilent NMR systems that we all have such a huge investment in.


Membership in IVAN is available to all Varian-Agilent NMR spectrometer owners and interested users, independent of your service plan or status as a MR Resources customer. There is no charge to become a member or to participate in meetings and activities. There are some restrictions on membership for those who do not identify as a direct Varian-Agilent NMR end-user site and for those that are NMR Vendors. MR Resources intends its own commercial involvement in the user group to be low key. The success of the IVAN user group depends upon the activities of its members. The role of MR Resources is to provide a home for meetings and communication. An email link is available on the membership form to contact us directly with questions about membership.

The on-going objectives for IVAN will be those of its users to enhance the usefulness of their NMR systems, extend the lifetime of the instruments, and to keep them running properly.

First IVAN Meeting, Fall 2016

We invite you to attend a kick-off meeting for IVAN in the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday October 28, 2016. The meeting will be one day – 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, including lunch and followed by a “Happy Hour” at the Fairmont. Once you join IVAN you may select Our First Meeting in San Jose to register for the upcoming user meeting.

We have a large conference room and catering arranged for up to 100 individuals. Space is limited so sign up early! We hope to see many of you from the Bay Area and we make a special invitation to users from the US West Coast and further distances as well. We promise that you will not be disappointed and hope you can make it if possible! If not, a meeting the day before ENC in Monterey, California is in planning, and other local meetings are already under discussion.

Agenda for the Founding San Jose IVAN Meeting

  9:00 AM:  

Registration and Coffee at the Fairmont

10:00 AM:

Welcome and Introduction of Jon Webb (Dave Rice)

10:10 AM:

A Vision for the Future for Varian-Agilent NMR  (Jon Webb, MR Resources)

10:45 AM: 

Announcing OpenVnmrJ1 Software for the Varian-Agilent Community (Dan Iverson)

11:30 AM:

Discussion Topic:

Moving Forward Together with Service and Applications2 (chair: Michele Bodner)

12:00 PM:

Lunch will be served during the discussion.

1:15 PM 

Operation/Applications Sessions3 (organizers: Krish Krishnamurthy and Dave Russell)

3:00-3:30 PM

Conclusions and Planning for the Future

4:00 PM …. 

 “Happy Hour” (Soda, Wine and Beer Catered)

1OpenVnmrJ1.1A is an open-source successor to Agilent’s VnmrJ4.2A, released by VOSSG, the VnmrJ Open-Source Steering Committee on 12-Sept-2016. VOSSG will continue development of OpenVnmrJ in association with the IVAN group.

2 A discussion of how we users can enhance the longevity and productivity of our Varian-Agilent consoles, probes and magnets. Bring your questions and issues.

3 We anticipate special topics chosen from the list below. Check the website www.mrr.com for potential topics.

Meeting Special Topics

The topics below are under consideration for the afternoon sessions. Feel free to give your feedback about the choices with the following email link. We will select a subset, but at the very least, experts in these topics will be present at the San Jose meeting. Come with your questions!

  • New Veripulse Calibration with OpenVnmrJ (and VnmrJ4.2)
  • Software Administration and Automation with OpenVnmrJ (and VnmrJ4.2)
  • New 1D and 2D CRAFT from Chempacker
  • Using Chempack Tools
  • Biopack, NUS and NMRPipe with OpenVnmrJ (and VnmrJ4.2)
  • Managing Solids and Programming with SolidsPack Tools.
You can register for IVAN at the MRR webiste here. IVAN Registration

If you have more questions about IVAN you can send us an e-mail thru our website here. IVAN Questions

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