The seventh annual ENFSI FORSTAT workshop on forensic evidence and evaluation will be held in Kraków in July 2013, from lunchtime on Monday 1st July to lunchtime on Thursday 4th July. This is one more day than the first workshops and the same length as 2012. This allows 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 2013 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:
• Chemometric methods in forensic science (Monday afternoon)
• Data Analysis, including multivariate analysis (data for which more than one characteristic is measured on each member of the dataset) (Tuesday)
• Inference at an activity level and Bayesian networks (Wednesday)
• DNA profiling (Thursday morning)
Lecturers will include Colin Aitken from the University of Edinburgh, David Lucy from the University of Lancaster, Anjali Mazumder, from the University of Warwick, Tereza Neocleous from the University of Glasgow, Anders Nordgaard from the Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science in Linkoping and Grzegorz Zadora from the Institute of Forensic Research in Krakow. All have lectured at FORSTAT before. The lectures on chemometric methods will be given by Professor Michal Daszykowski (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland) with exercises led by Agnieszka Martyna of Jagiellonian University, Krakow.
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.
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.
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.
The arrangement is such that the organisers require payment in full in advance. Those awarded support from STEOFRAE will be given a receipt and a claim form on arrival at the workshop with which they will be able to reclaim their costs.
Colin Aitken, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Grzegorz Zadora, Institute of Forensic Research, Krakow, Poland