View the Archived Forensic Science R&D Symposium

Archived materials and presentations from the NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium are now available to view online. The symposium was a free, all-day, open meeting where attendees could learn about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas. The symposium was held in conjunction with the 68th Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences Scientific Meeting on February 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The archived webinars from this symposium series include:

2016 NIJ R&D Series: Impression, Pattern & Trace Evidence
2016 NIJ R&D Series: Forensic Biology & DNA
2016 NIJ R&D Series: Anthropology & Microbial Forensics
2016 NIJ R&D Series: Controlled Substances & Toxicology

The NIJ Research and Development (R&D) Program funds both basic or applied R&D projects that will: (1) increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice, or (2) result in the production of useful materials, devices, systems, or methods that have the potential for forensic application. The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research; research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science; and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes.


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