Conference Themes & Topics

Conference title:

Pushing boundaries, working beyond borders


Theme 1: Management of Forensic Science Laboratories

This theme is intended to cover the business of forensic science laboratories including best practice in forensic science and management, education and training of forensic scientists, the laboratory staff and also of stakeholders – the police officers, prosecutors and judges, quality control and assurance, the economics of forensic science practice, effectiveness and efficiency, and last but not least ethical issues of forensic process.

Theme 2: Future Development in Crime Scene Investigation

Current crime scene investigation uses traditional tools as well as latest technologies. While forensic science laboratory methods have proven to be considerably harmonized, more standardisation is needed at crime scenes. Contributions are invited on topics: harmonisation of crime scene investigation, international cross-border investigations, crime scene documentation, innovative technology for crime scene investigation, quality management of crime scene investigation, disaster victim identification and others.

Theme 3: Trends in Traditional and Novel Forensic Casework Approaches

What is the role of traditional forensic disciplines and novel trends in forensic casework? Do they compete? What is the expectation of stakeholders?
Main topics of this theme are new approaches in routine forensic science casework, new categories of examination, progressive techniques providing quick and reliable information for investigation, cutting-edge technology for forensic science, etc.

Theme 4: Electronic Data Evidence

Digital technology surrounds us at every step, and each of its elements may carry important information. Main motive of this theme will be data mining, analysis of information found in digital devices, cybercrime security, forensic information technology, network forensics, examination of digital still and video images and sounds, etc.

Theme 5: Interpretation of Forensic Evidence

There is still much difference in evidence interpretation among forensic institutes and also individual fields of forensic examination. Contributions within this theme are invited on the following topics: various aspects of evidence interpretation approaches, reporting evidence and interpretation of evidence, interpretation of forensic evidence in training for forensic practitioners, the role of networks in the harmonisation of interpretation approaches etc.


Main topics

  • Fingerprints examination
  • Forensic biology, anthropology, entomology, botany and related fields
  • Forensic organic chemistry, pharmacology, drug analysis
  • Forensic inorganic chemistry, trace evidence, (e.g. GSR, PBR, paint and glass, fibres), material analysis of works of art, forensic mineralogy, soils and related fields
  • Fire and explosions
  • Toolmarks and shoeprint examination, forensic defectoscopy, technical diagnostics, traffic accidents and forensic engineering
  • Forensic ballistics, bioballistics and related fields
  • Forensic photography, audio and video examination and polygraph examination
  • Forensic DNA analysis and related issues
  • Forensic analysis of handwriting, authenticity verification of means of payments and stamps, technical examination of documents and paper
  • Forensic information technology and electrical engineering
  • Crime scene and DVI
  • Accreditation issues, education and training
  • Evidence interpretation
  • Cognitive forensics
  • Forensic toxicology
  • Forensic medicine, legal medicine and forensic pathology
  • Management of forensic science laboratories
  • Other

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