Registration Open for 2018 Impression, Pattern, and Trace Evidence Symposium

The NIJ's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence recently announced that registration has opened for the 2018 Impression, Pattern, and Trace Evidence Symposium on January 22-25, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia.



The IPTES was specifically designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression, pattern, and trace evidence analysts, law enforcement, and legal communities.

NIJ and FTCoE are committed to improving the practice of forensic science and strengthening its impact through support of research and development, rigorous technology evaluation and adoption, effective knowledge transfer and education, and comprehensive dissemination of best practices and guidelines to agencies dedicated to combating crime. The future of forensic sciences and its contribution to the public and criminal justice community is a motivating topic to gather expertise in a forum to discuss, learn, and share ideas.

Topics from the draft agenda include statistical interpretation software for friction ridge skin impressions; implementation of 3D technology for firearm, tool mark, footwear, and tire tread examination; footwear impressions; probabilities and likelihood ratios; forensic wood identification; fracture examinations; and polarized light microscopy.

Funding for the event is provided through a cooperative agreement from the National Institute of Justice. Applications for travel scholarships are available on the registration site.

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