SWFS 2017 - Edinburgh, Scotland

The Society for Wildlife Forensic Science is pleased to announce the 2017 meeting, to be held in the historic city of Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, 5-9th June 2017. The conference will be held at Edinburgh University's John McIntyre Conference Centre. The programme combines workshops, presentations, discussions and social events designed to allow wildlife forensic practitioners and students to meet each other and communicate with the broader law enforcement community.
The 2017 meeting includes a special one-day International Wildlife Forensics Symposium, that will bring together key stakeholders working in conservation Policy and Enforcement to discuss the application of wildlife forensic science under four themes: Transnational wildlife trade, Fisheries, Timber and National wildlife crime.
Please find all further details on the conference home page:
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New courses in forensic statistics and DNA evidence interpretation at the University of Lausanne


Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)

in Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence

From March 2017 to September 2018 (around 470 hours training, 20 ECTS). To further develop practioners’ skills in managing forensic interpretation issues from case reception to court (latest statistical methods, Bayesian networks, efficient communication of results, practical inferential problems solving, Standard Operating Procedures development, etc). For more information

Essentials of DNA Interpretation - short course

From March 2017 to October 2017 (around 150 hours training, 5 ECTS). To enable practioners to assess their results given sub-source level propositions and to explain their reasoning in court. This courses will enable you to feel at ease with expert debate and literature on topics such as low template DNA and mixtures . For more information

Essentials of Bayesian Networks - short course

From March 2017 to October 2017 (around 150 hours training, 5 ECTS). To give a comprehensive view of the use of BNs for the probabilistic evaluation of scientific evidence in forensic science applications. The course provides students with room for an incremental and in-depth study of the various aspects that a solid mastery of BNs in practical applications demands. For more information
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Conference "Systems for Medical Decision, Support and Forensic Identification" in Prague 2017

The International Conference on "Systems for Medical Decision, Support and Forensic Identification" will be held February 22nd – 24th 2017, in Prague, The Czech Republic. This conference will be devoted to forensic ID software and medical decision support system.Medical decision support software uses several items of patient data to generate case-specific advice, regarding medical treatment or regimen. Forensic identification software uses subject-specific knowledge to evaluate the evidence from single source samples. With a medical decision support system, a doctor or patient becomes a client. With forensic identification, criminalist or finally a judge is a client. The same methods and techniques can be used to help clients to make decisions regarding health or guilt.
The Scientific Programme Committee asks for contributions about new methods, about existing decision support systems applied to new areas and about the evaluation of methods, techniques and systems. Decision support systems usually do not function stand-alone but depend on the data stored in feeder systems. Standardization is necessary to make communication between both types of systems possible. Contributions about encountered problems with communication between such systems and their solution are solicited.

Keynote speakers:

  • Mor Peleg, Israel
  • Norah Rudin, USA
Abstract Submission deadline is November 20th 2016. Registration for the conference is at
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Seminar series on genetics, technology, security and justice at Northumbria University 2015-2017

A team of six social scientists from Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham Universities have been awarded a prestigious ESRC Research Seminars grant to run a series of six events between 2015 and 2017 on genetics at the interface of security, justice and health.
Led by Dr Matthias Wienroth (Northumbria University and Visiting Researcher at PEALS) the series' focus on forensic genetics contributes to the ESRC's Biosocial strategic priority area and has been described by the Council's review panel as "interesting, innovative and exciting." Each seminar will critically examine aspects of the potential and actual contributions of forensic genetics to the production of security and justice in the UK and other contemporary European societies.
*The seminars are taking place at Ellison Building, Northumbria University, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, United Kingdom. Seminar seats are limited.For more information, and to confirm attendance, please contact Matthias Wienroth
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