Submit Questions for Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium

Participants in two panel discussions on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the 2018 IPTES (Impression, Pattern and Trace Evidence Symposium) are invited to submit questions online. The symposium will include two panel discussions focused on the use of statistics in forensic examination and testimony.


The aim of the Wednesday morning panel (January 24, 2018) is to continue to raise awareness of the different statistical approaches to forensic interpretation. The panel will use real-world examples in the impression and trace evidence disciplines to illustrate the utility and challenges of different statistical approaches including on the use of likelihood ratios to better describe the weight of these types of evidence.

The aim of the Wednesday afternoon panel is to discuss statistics as used in interpretation, testimony and how jurors interpret forensic testimony. The community is invited to submit written questions to be asked of the panelists during the interactive discussion portion of the panel after the presentations.

Questions will also be taken from the onsite and online audience the day of the event.

Click here to submit your questions.

Click here to register for the online symposium at no cost.

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