Call for Abstracts: NIST's 2017 Forensic Science Error Management Symposium

 NIST and the FBI invite you to the second International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management, where speakers, panels, posters, and workshops will address ways to detect, measure, and mitigate forensic science errors. This symposium promises an eye-opening, candid appraisal of root causes and possible solutions while providing a forum for open dialog about this sensitive topic.

 The technical program will cover four tracks:

• Crime Scene and Death Investigation
• Human Factors and Legal Factors
• Quality Assurance and Laboratory Management
• Criminalistics and Digital Evidence

Call for Abstracts (Orals, Posters, Panels)

Deadline for Abstracts: May 1, 2017

The Program Committee for the 2017 International Forensic Science Error Management Symposium, to be held July 24-28, 2017 in Gaithersburg, MD, invites abstract submissions. Scientists in academia, government, industry, practitioners, and others working in the field of forensic science are invited to share their experiences and their results dealing with error management. All submitted abstracts should be assigned to one or more of the following eight (8) focus areas:

1. Crime Scene
2. Death Investigation
3. Human Factors
4. Digital Evidence
5. Quality Assurance
6. Laboratory Management
7. Criminalistics
8. Legal Factors

We are planning for multiple sessions with oral, poster and panel presentations. If you submit a paper as an oral presentation and it is not accepted, you will be permitted to indicate that you want to have it considered as a poster. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected by the Program Committee.

For more information on submitting an abstract, visit

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