Emirates International Forensic Science Conference and Exhibition - 2017

The 1st edition of Emirates International Forensic Science Conference and Exhibition was held 2-4 April 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.

His Excellency Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Dubai Police and Public Security, attended the opening ceremony accompanied by His Excellency Chancellor Essam Al Humaidan, Dubai Attorney General, His Excellency Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-In-Chief of Dubai Police, His Excellency Taresh Eid Al Mansouri, General Director of Dubai Courts, Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director of The Department of Naturalisation and Residency in Dubai (DNRD), and a number of local and international officials, heads of departments and police stations in Dubai, and an unprecedented number of visitors and participants that reached up to 3,000 coming from 25 countries, including 45 experts from international organizations in forensic science and heads of forensic laboratories.

The three days of Emirates Forensic featured 8 workshops, more than 20 scientific sessions, 100 oral presentations, and over 200 poster presentations, and an exhibition. The exhibition showcased the latest products, technologies, and equipment used in forensic evidence, crime scene analysis, digital investigation devises, services, and laboratory equipment.

The exhibition registered the participation of more than 80 companies specialized in forensic science and criminology. Emirates Forensic provided an international platform for meeting experts from all over the world to exchange and acknowledge the latest techniques of forensic science.

Emirates Forensic presented a rich scientific program with a wide range of topics of current interest, presented by prominent speakers. The conference agenda covered various topics that included: Crime Scene Investigation, a Matter of Questions, Detection of GHB and analogues in forensic cases by enzymatic assay followed by UPLC-MS/MS confirmation, Hair Analysis Evolution, Reliance on Forensic DNA Validation Studies to Establish Sound Guidelines for DNA Mixture Interpretation, An Improved Capillary Electrophoresis System for Human Identification, The Application of Police Dogs in Civil Crises and Catastrophes Nuclear Forensics: an emerging forensic science discipline, Incident Response Process Forensics, and many more.

Also, Mr. Barry Fisher, M.S. MBA Retired Crime Laboratory Director Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, had discussed the Challenges facing Forensic Science in the United States – Admissibility of Pattern Evidence.

The conference on its last day featured a number of important topics in the field of forensic science that included: The future of bite mark analysis as a forensic evidence in light of the Innocence Project’s recent exonerations, UAE DVI Team Active Participation in Dental Identification, Managing and Mining Data in a Forensic Science Operation, Tongue prints: A key to unveil the crime in digital forensic science, GC-MS Analysis of Phosphine as Phosphoryl Chloride, Simulated Crime Scenes: A Learning Tool for Investigating Officers, Reality of Forensic Odontology in Saudi Arabia, Characterization of Captagon tablets seized in Dubai in 2016, Characterization of New Indazole Synthetic Cannabinoids by Analysis in Real Time (DART), Bringing smartphone and computer forensics together for the greater good, Nuclear Forensics; History and Development and many more.

It is worth mentioning that Dubai Police sponsored 50 conference students' registrations as it is the “Year of Giving” to support students by providing them with the chance to participate in this conference, to meet with top-notch speakers and experts in the field, to gain experiences, and to learn about the latest developments and scientific research.

The 1st edition of Emirates International Forensic Conference & Exhibition was privileged to have the support of a number of international associations such as: The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists – TIAFT, American Association of Forensic Science – AAFS, International Association of Forensic Science – IAFS, European Network Forensic Science Institutes – ENFSI, American Society of Questioned Documents Examiners – ASQDE, American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors – ASCLD, Worldwide Association of Women Forensic Experts, and the International Association Of Orthodontic And Forensic Odontology.

Emirates International Forensic Conference & Exhibition was organized by INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions, a member of INDEX Holding in cooperation with Dubai Police.

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