Upcoming Conference on Wildlife Forensics

The Society for Wildlife Forensic Science will be hosting its 2017 meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, June 5-9. The conference is held at Edinburgh University's John McIntyre Conference Centre. The program combines workshops, presentations, discussions and social events designed to allow wildlife forensic practitioners and students to network and communicate with the broader law enforcement community.

The 2017 meeting includes a one-day International Wildlife Forensics Symposium bringing together Enforcement, Policy, and Forensic Science professionals working to reduce wildlife crime. On Wednesday, June 7, presentations and discussions throughout the day will focus on what forensic science can offer to wildlife law enforcement, and how wildlife forensics can be developed and applied to support the needs of investigators. The Symposium will be opened by the Rt. Hon. Roseanna Cunningham MSP, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

The keynote speaker for the event is Mr. Steven Broad, Executive Director of TRAFFIC, who has a wealth of knowledge concerning the global illegal wildlife trade and approaches for tackling the issue from range state to consumer. The Symposium will focus on four main themes within wildlife law enforcement: Transnational Wildlife Trade, Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated Fishing, Illegal Timber Trade, and National Wildlife Crime. The Symposium program is designed to maximize opportunities for interaction, debate, and networking.

In addition to scientific presentations, the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science organizes workshops covering different aspects of wildlife forensic science including: Training, Awareness Raising, and Expert Group Discussions.

Workshops are scheduled on the mornings of Tuesday, June 6 and Friday, June 9. Topics include: Introduction to Wildlife Forensics, Expert Witness Testimony, Field-based Analysis Methods, Forensic Genetics, and Timber Forensics Group Meeting.

Alongside the science program, the organization has organized events throughout the week to help oil the wheels of collaboration and communication. Monday evening begins with a Civic Reception at the Edinburgh City Chambers. The Lord Provost will welcome you to Edinburgh and delegates can soak up the history of Scotland’s capital city and make new connections among the wildlife forensic science community. On Wednesday evening, a drinks reception and public lecture will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. The Conference Banquet held on Thursday evening is a must attend night. Held at The Ghillie Dhu, the end-of-meeting banquet will be followed with traditional Scottish dancing in the form of a Ceilidh. The group will also have an Edinburgh excursion available Friday morning for those who would like to see the sights. This is a great opportunity for family and partners to explore Edinburgh City.

Participants can register for either the full one-week SWFS Meeting, or the one-day International Wildlife Forensics Symposium. The full SWFS meeting includes additional options for Workshops, Excursions and the Conference Banquet. Visit the web site, https://www.wildlifeforensicscience.org, for full details.

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