Invited speakers

Among invited speakers are:

James M. Curran

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Steps towards the statistical interpretation of multi-element forensic evidence

Tuesday, 8 September, 12:15

Niamh Nic Daeid

CAHID, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Switching on the light for Forensic Science : A new age of enlightenment?

Tuesday, 8 September, 11:30

Wim M.M. Heijnen

Netherlands Forensic Institute, The Netherlands

DVI aspects of forensic investigations

Friday, 11 September, 11:30

Max Houck

Department of Forensic Science, Washington, USA

The Business of Forensic Science: A New Paradigm

Monday, 7 September, 11:30

Paul Reedy

Consolidated Forensic Laboratory, Washington, USA

Pushing Boundaries, Working Beyond Borders could be the very definition of Electronic Evidence

Monday, 7 September, 12:15

Alastair Ross

National Institute of Forensic Science, Australia

Transition and reflection in the forensic sciences

Thursday, 10 September, 12:15

Claude Roux

University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Forensic Science, Broadway, Australia

The End of the World as We Know It? - The Example of Trace Evidence

Thursday, 10 September, 11:30

 


James M. Curran

University of Auckland, New Zealand

James Curran is a Professor of Statistics at the University of Auckland. His research interests are in statistical problems in Forensic Science. He works with both trace and DNA scientists and has published papers on the interpretation of DNA, glass, footwear, forensic speaker recognition amongst other things. He is the author of two books in forensic science.

 

Detailed biography available here.


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Niamh Nic Daeid

CAHID, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Niamh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from the Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin and received her doctorate in bio inorganic chemistry from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Open University. She lead a very successful research team who undertake operationally relevant research work related to fire investigation, drug chemistry, fingerprint enhancement, ballistics, tool marks and ink analysis and have received awards for her research and public engagement. She is the director of research at CAHID at the University of Dundee in Scotland, UK. She has been involved in the development of policy and practice in forensic science, particularly in fire investigation and leads teams developing protocols for professional practice in fire investigation for both the UK and Europe. She was on council of the Chartered Society for Forensic Science (the UK professional body) for 9 years. She is the current chair of the European fire and explosion investigation working group of ENFSI (the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes) and chairs the coordinating committee for the INTERPOL forensic science managers symposium. She also serves as vice chair of the scientific advisory board of the International Criminal Court.


She has published over 100 peer reviewed research papers in the forensic sciences, delivered over 150 conference presentations at National and International conferences.

 

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Wim M.M. Heijnen

Netherlands Forensic Institute, The Netherlands

Head of the department of Forensic Medicine
Coordinator of all forensic investigations carried out by the NFI with respect to the MH17 case.

Since 2014:
Head of the department of Forensic Medicine of the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI). Within this department about 55 people are employed. Fields of expertise: Forensic Pathology, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Toxicology.
Since July 17th coordinator of the forensic investigations carried out by the NFI with respect to the MH17 crash.

2006-2014:
Head of the department of Human Biological Traces of the NFI. Within this department about 110 people are employed: 35 reporting officers, 15 technicians for evidence recovery, 30 technicians in the DNA typing laboratory; 10 R&D scientists and technicians; 20 supporting staff (QA, logistics, planning & control, management and administration). Fields of Expertise: Forensic DNA investigation; kinship analysis; blood pattern analysis; hair analysis.

2000-2005:
Head of the Chemistry department of the NFI. This department hosted many forensic disciplines, e.g. fingerprints, questioned documents investigation, flammable liquid analysis in fire debris, glass analysis, paint analysis, fibre and textile analysis, explosives and explosions.

1985-2000:
TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) Building and
Construction Research, where I started as a research scientist and developed myself towards head of the department of materials science. My fields of expertise were: concrete technology, concrete microscopy, application of industrial by-products in cement and concrete, alkali-silica reaction (ASR), aggregates for concrete, natural building stones, gypsum.

1980-1985:
Research scientist and head of the X-Ray powder diffraction laboratory at the
Institute of Earth Science of Utrecht University, where I completed my Ph.D in inorganic chemistry.

1973-1980:
Master of Science in Geology at Leiden University

Publications:
About 30 scientific papers on a variety of subjects: forensics, ASR, gypsum technology, concrete microscopy, sedimentology, crystal growth, urology


Max Houck

Department of Forensic Science, Washington, USA

Dr. Max M. Houck is an internationally-recognized forensic expert who has worked for the FBI Laboratory, at a medical examiner's office, in the private sector, and in academia. His casework includes the Branch Davidian Investigation, the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon, the D.B. Cooper case, and the West Memphis Three case, among hundreds of others. He serves on a variety of committees, including for Interpol. Dr. Houck has published widely. He is a founding Editor of the journal Forensic Science Policy and Management and has also co-authored numerous books, including a textbook with Dr. Jay Siegel, Fundamentals of Forensic Science. Dr. Houck is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr. Houck lives and works in Washington, DC as the Director of the DC Department of Forensic Sciences (www.dfs.dc.gov).

Detailed biography available here.

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Paul Reedy

Consolidated Forensic Laboratory, Washington, USA

  • Bachelor of Science (Hon) in Biochemistry from Monash University studying diabetes in a Pacific Island population.
  • Commenced study towards a PhD in interferon research.
  • Research Assistant in pharmacology at Monash University looking at novel opiate drugs in a clinical trial
  • Toxicologist and Drug Analyst for 14 years at the Australian Capital Territory Government Analytical Laboratory.
    • Noteworthy cases included a series if unrelated murders where heroin was used to kill
  • Manager Policy Group with the Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister’s Department for three years specialising in Science and Technology Policy
    • Developed the ACT Government Innovation Strategy
    • Developed ACT Government positions on stem cell research, regulation of genetically modified organisms, labeling of genetically modified foods, regulation of food ‘from paddock to plate’ and other policy positions
  • Coordinator Digital Evidence with the Australian Federal Police for four years
    • Took the disparate and geographically isolated members from seven members to a coordinated team of 60
    • Gained accreditation to ISO 17025, just the second lab in the world at the time
    • Introduced a number of innovative business processes to better manage the demand and independence of the examiner
  • Manager Forensic Operations with the Australian Federal Police for five years
    • National operational forensic capacity of 200 people across nine forensic disciplines including crime scenes sciences, digital evidence, fingerprints, chemical criminalistics, biology, firearms,, document examination
  • Manager Data Centres with the Australian Federal Police
    • The Australian Bomb Data Centre
    • The Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear data Centre
    • The Australian illicit Drug Data Centre
  • Manager Digital Evidence with the District of Columbia Depart of Forensic Science
    • OSAC Sub-committee for Digital Evidence
  • Currently studying towards a Masters in Ethics and Legal Studies

Detailed biography available here

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Alastair Ross

National Institute of Forensic Science, Australia

Alastair is currently the Director of the ANZPAA National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS). He also held this position as the inaugural Director from 1992 to 2003. From 2003- 2008 Alastair was Director of the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department, a full service forensic facility with over 300 staff.

Alastair holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Master of Applied Science (Research) from the University of South Australia.

Alastair received the Adelaide Medal from the International Association of Forensic Sciences for international contributions to forensic science in 2002 and is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

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Claude Roux

University of Technology Sydney, Centre for Forensic Science, Broadway, Australia

Claude Roux is Professor of Forensic Science and the founding Director of the Centre for Forensic Science, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He obtained a BSc and a PhD from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Claude’s research activities cover a broad spectrum of forensic science including trace evidence and chemical criminalistics, document, fingerprints and forensic intelligence. His research has been largely driven by his vision of forensic science as a distinctive academic and holistic research-based discipline. He published over 120 refereed papers and 25 book chapters and a large number of conference presentations.

Claude is a member of the editorial board of six scientific journals and of a number of working and advisory groups and he is the current President of the Australian & NZ Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) and a Council member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences.

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