English Speaking Working Group


Topics: Board | Meetings | Relationship Testing Workshop | Publications

 
 

In memory of Peter M. Schneider (1955-2022)

It is with deep regret and sorrow we have been notified of the death of Peter Schneider. Peter was a prominent and highly regarded member of the forensic genetics' community over several decades. At the top of his profession. he was knowledgeable, dedicated, enthusiastic, positive and he generously gave his time freely to all. To the end he stayed open-minded and curious, linking across disciplines, and informing us all of new developments through social media. His observations on developments in forensic genetics and its associated social and ethical implications, he provided us with excellent and continuing advice for the future. Peter was a talented person, a dedicated scientist, and a good friend. He will be sincerely missed.
 

2023 Scientific meeting, 15th - 16th May

The 2023 ESWG Scientific meeting is planned to be in London and will be hosted by Denise Syndercombe Court and colleagues at King’s. It will be a 1 and ½ day meeting, 15th - 16th May. More information will follow, but save the date!
 

Summary of the ESWG 2022 member meeting

In connection to the ISFG conference in Washington, USA (September, 2022) the ESWG member meeting was held. The board was re-elected for another two-years period (Andreas Tillmar (Chairman), Denise Syndercombe Court (Secretary) and Bo Thisted Simonsen (Treasurer)). It was decide to have the 2023 ESWG Scientific meeting in London, and ESWG (in collaboration with the Norwegian and Swedish relationship testing labs) will continue to offer a Relationship testing focused proficiency test in 2023.
 

Relationship Testing Workshop

For a long period of time, proficiency testing has yearly been organized within the ESWG with a special focus on relationship testing (wet testing and paper challenges). The results of the 2022 proficiency test have been made available as an online video presentation that can be viewed here: https://familias.name/ESWG/kling_eswg2022_pt_test.mp4 The video summarizes the results as well as provide a walkthrough of the paper challenge.
 
The 2023 proficiency testing exercise will also this year be organized by the Department of Forensic Sciences, Norway in collaboration with the National Board of Forensic Medicine, Sweden. If you haven’t participated before and would like to do so this year, please contact Daniel Kling (daniel.kling@rmv.se).
 
Previous Proficiency Tests
 
The results of the 2021 proficiency test are available as an online video presentation that can be viewed here: https://familias.name/ESWG/kling_eswg2021_pt_test.mp4
 
The results of the 2020 proficiency test are available as an online video presentation that can be viewed here: https://familias.name/ESWG/presentation_eswg_2020.mp4
 

Membership of the ESWG

Membership of the English Speaking Working Group (ESWG) is open to all English speaking members of the ISFG and may be obtained by application to the secretary of the group. There will be no membership fee in addition to that payable to the ISFG.
 
Please go to your personal profile and tick membership of the ESWG.
 

Aims of the English Speaking Working Group are

 
  • the exchange of experience, quality control and stimulation of cooperation between the members;
  • making available scientific knowledge and findings in the field of interest;
  • organisation of scientific meetings ­ but such meetings will be held only after consultation with the ISFG.
 
Here, you find the constitution of the ESWG.
 

History of the ESWG

 
The ESWG was founded after the ISFH meeting 23-27 September 1979 in London. Here you find some more details about the history of the ESWG.
 

Board

 
A board administers the ESWG that is responsible for organising any meeting of the group. The board consists of the chairman, the secretary and the treasurer who are elected by vote for a period of two years. The board represents the working group.
 

Chairman

Andreas Tillmar
 
National Board of Forensic Medicine
Dept.of Forensic Genetics
Artilleriegatan 12
58758 Linköping
Sweden
 
Phone +46 104834143
Fax +46 104834199
 
andreas.tillmar@rmv.se
 

Secretary

Dr. Denise Syndercombe Court
 
Department of Forensic and Analytical Science
King's College London
Franklin-Wilkins Building
150 Stamford Street
Waterloo

SE1 9NH London
United Kingdom
 
Phone +44 20 7848 4155
Fax +44 20 7848 4129
 
denise.syndercombe-court@kcl.ac.uk
 

Treasurer

Dr. Bo Thisted Simonsen
 
Section of Forensic Genetics
Frederik V's Vej 11
2100 Copenhagen
Denmark
 
Phone +45 35326110
Fax +45 35326270
 
bo.simonsen@sund.ku.dk
 

Publications of the Group

 
  1. Syndercombe Court D, Lincoln P. A review of the 1991: 1994 Paternity Testing Workshops of the English-Speaking Working Group. In: Carracedo A, Brinkmann, Bär W (eds) Advances in Forensic Haemogenetics 6. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg New York, pp. 683-5.
  2. Bjerre A, Syndercombe Court D, Lincoln P, Morling N. A report of the 1995 and 1996 Paternity Testing Workshops of the English Speaking Working Group of the International Society for Forensic Haemogenetics. Forensic Sci Int 1997; 90: 41-55.
  3. Hallenberg C, Morling N. A report of the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Paternity Testing Workshops of the English Speaking Working Group of the International Society for Forensic Genetics. Forensic Sci Int 2001; 116: 23-33.
  4. Hallenberg C, Morling N. A report of the 2000 and 2001 Paternity Testing Workshops of the English Speaking Working Group of the International Society for Forensic Genetics. Forensic Sci Int 2002; 129: 43-50.
  5. Thomsen AR, Hallenberg C, Simonsen BT, Langkjær RB, Morling N. A report of the 2002-2008 Paternity Testing Workshops of the English Speaking Working Group of the International Society for Forensic Genetics. FSI: Genetics 2009,3: 214-21.
  6. Poulsen L, Friis SL, Hallenberg C, Simonsen BT, Morling N. A report of the 2009–2011 Paternity and Relationship Testing Workshops of the English Speaking Working Group of the International Society for Forensic Genetics. Forensic Science International: Genetics 2014; 9: e1-2.

 
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