The sixth annual ENFSI FORSTAT workshop on forensic evidence and evaluation will be held in Edinburgh in June 2012, from lunchtime on Tuesday 5th June to lunchtime on Friday 8th June. This is one more day than in previous years to allow more time for assimilation as requested by previous participants.
The intention of the series of FORSTAT workshops is to train forensic scientists in the statistical evaluation of evidence. During the meetings ideas concerning the application of statistical methods in the forensic field and how the methods work in practice will be presented. Participants are not expected to have much prior statistical knowledge. The level of the presentations is aimed at those who are forensic experts but may be beginners in statistics.
The meeting in 2012 will have several topics scheduled to enable people who are not able to come to the whole workshop still to benefit from a partial attendance. The provisional programme includes:
• Probabilistic reasoning in the legal system (Wednesday)
• Data Analysis, including multivariate analysis (data for which more than one characteristic is measured on each member of the dataset) (Thursday)
• Discussion of the implications of R v T ( , EWCA Crim 2439) for evidence evaluation (half-day, Tuesday or Friday)
• DNA profiling (half-day, Friday or Tuesday)
Lecturers will include Colin Aitken from the University of Edinburgh, David Lucy from the University of Lancaster, Anjali Mazumder, a forensic statistical consultant, Tereza Neocleous from the University of Glasgow and Grzegorz Zadora from the Institute of Forensic Research in Krakow. All have lectured at FORSTAT before.
The programme will involve both lectures and practical exercises. Participants will be asked to bring a laptop with them. We will want participants to be able to load specialist open-source software on to their laptop for use with the practical exercises.
Since the initial announcement of the workshop, the organisers have been fortunate to gain funding from the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) through the STEOFRAE proposal: ‘Strengthening the Evaluation of Forensic Results across Europe’. This enables the reduction in the registration fees and the funding for career-young forensic scientists outlined above. Accommodation charges are also reduced for those staying three nights or more.
Funding for career-young forensic scientists: Funding through STEOFRAE also enables the organisers to offer ten fully-funded places on the workshop to career-young forensic scientists in Europe who may not otherwise be able to attend. Funding covers the cost of registration fee and accommodation at the workshop as well as all reasonable travelling expenses, up to 400 euros, from the scientist’s home.
Colin Aitken, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Grzegorz Zadora, Institute of Forensic Research, Krakow, Poland