The eighth annual ENFSI FORSTAT workshop on forensic evidence and evaluation will be held in Edinburgh in June 2014, from lunchtime on Tuesday 3rd June to lunchtime on Friday 6th June.
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.
It is planned to discuss the recent set of reports on ‘Communicating and Interpreting Statistical Evidence in the Administration of Criminal Justice’ published by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) with the support of the Nuffield Foundation and the ideas underlying the draft ENFSI standard for the formulation of evaluative reports in forensic science. There are four RSS reports :
1. Fundamentals of probability and statistical evidence in criminal proceedings;
2. Assessment of probative value of DNA evidence;
3. The logic of forensic proof: inferential reasoning in criminal evidence and forensic science;
4. Case assessment and interpretation.
The first two are available on http://www.rss.org.uk/statsandlaw and draft versions of the last two are available on http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~cgga.
The meeting in 2014 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 programme includes:
Tuesday p.m. (Roberto Puch-Solis and Anjali Mazumder): DNA profiling based on the RSS report 2.
Wednesday (Colin Aitken and Greg Zadora): Principles and applications of the evaluation and interpretation of scientific evidence including discussion of the draft ENFSI standard for the formulation of evaluative reports in forensic science with reference to RSS report 1 and the draft standard.
Thursday a.m. (Grzegorz Zadora and David Lucy): Evaluation of evidence: chemometrics and multivariate analysis for likelihood ratios – based on a book Grzegorz Zadora, Agnieszka Martyna, Daniel Ramos, Colin Aitken, Statistical Analysis in Forensic Science: Evidential value of multivariate physicochemical data, Wiley 2014.
Thursday p.m. (Graham Jackson): Case assessment and interpretation - based on RSS report 4.
Friday a.m. (Colin Aitken and David Lucy): Bayes nets – based on the RSS report 3 and the forthcoming second edition of Bayesian networks for probabilistic inference and decision analysis in forensic science by Franco Taroni and others.
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 registration fee for full attendance at the workshop is £400. For attendance on Tuesday or Friday (both half-days) the fee is £100 per day. For attendance on Wednesday or Thursday (both full days) the fee is £170 per day. Registration fees include lunches and dinners as appropriate.
Accommodation is available on the site at a cost of £55.00 per person per night for bed and breakfast. The deadline for registration and for reservation of accommodation is May 16th 2014.
Funding for career-young forensic scientists: Funding through the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) through the STEOFRAE proposal: ‘Strengthening the Evaluation of Forensic Results across Europe’.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 is calculated on a per diem basis (see http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/procedures/implementation/per diems/index en.htm.) as well as all reasonable travelling expenses, up to 400 euros, from the scientist’s home. Anyone interested in receiving funding in this way is asked to contact Colin Aitken at the e-mail address below with a copy of their c.v. and a brief (less than 500 words) description as to how their career will benefit from attendance at the workshop. Please submit your request by March 31st 2014.
Funding for others: We also have funding for up to 30 other scientists to claim one per diem amount. This funding is to enable us to offer a three-day workshop for the price of two days.
Note that payment of registration and accommodation fees will be in advance through the University’s electronic payment system. Registration will not be confirmed until payment is received.
All enquiries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues at the workshop.
Colin Aitken, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Grzegorz Zadora, Institute of Forensic Research, Krakow, Poland