Symposium Seeks Improved Quality in Forensics

For decades, research programs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have made significant contributions to forensic science, strengthening its scientific underpinnings and ensuring the credibility necessary for effective use in criminal justice proceedings, both in the United States and around the world. NIST also champions the sharing of information, research findings and best practices among the members of the global forensic community. As part of that mission, NIST is hosting the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management on July 20-24, 2015.

Organizers expect nearly 1,000 attendees for NIST’s first-ever international forensic science meeting, which will be held at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. The technical program will cover eight tracks: death investigation, crime scene, human factors, digital evidence, legal factors, quality assurance, laboratory management and criminalistics. Each track will consist of plenary lectures, poster sessions and panel discussions.

Online registration and the call for technical papers may be found at The deadline for signing up to attend the symposium is July 10. Papers must cover topics within one of the eight focus areas; abstracts must be submitted by April 30. After acceptance, submitters will be notified whether their abstract will be considered as an oral or poster presentation.

“We anticipate that this symposium will draw global attention to the best practices for detecting, reducing and eliminating errors in forensic science laboratories,” said Mark Stolorow of the NIST Forensic Science Program. “We will be addressing quality assurance, bias and ethics―topics relevant to every discipline of forensic science.”

For more information on the International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management, go to To learn more about NIST forensic science research, activities and resources, see

Source: NIST

< Prev   Next >

Digital-Image Management at Mass Gravesites

SKELETONIZED REMAINS that were carefully unearthed from the desert sands of Iraq tell their own story: the bones of an adult, still dressed in a woman’s apparel, lie supine. The skull is perforated by a bullet hole. Tucked in the space between the ribs and the left humerus is a much smaller skeleton, bones in the skull un-fused, and the fully clothed body partially swaddled in a blanket.