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.
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.
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.
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.
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.