Forensic Conference Returns to Abu Dhabi in October 2018

The 2nd edition of GCC Forensics Exhibition and Conference will take place October 30-31, 2018, at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Following a successful event launch last year with over 900 delegates in attendance, the Middle East’s must-attend forensic science event returns with an extended floorplan in a bigger venue. Under the directive of our event Chairman and Director of the Abu Dhabi Police Forensic Department, Brigadier General Abdulrahman Al Hammadi, this year’s exhibition and conference will focus on emerging technology trends for the sector including artificial intelligence, future foresight, and innovation.

GCC Forensics 2018 will include an exhibition with the leading forensic suppliers showcasing their latest solutions. Networking opportunities will allow international companies looking for local clients and distributors to gain better access to the Middle East market. Current confirmed sponsors include Integrated Gulf Biosystems (distributors for Hamilton Robotics and Thermo Fisher Scientific), Labware, GE Healthcare, SAT Trading, Cellebrite, and Magnet Forensics. Joining them are an expected 50 international and regional companies covering everything from lab kits to software solutions.

With more than 50 speakers from around the world, the conference will allow global forensic scientists to exchange knowledge and best practices. Speakers will discuss topics ranging from disaster victim identification to digital forensics, covering all specialities within the umbrella of forensic science. Proceedings will be published in the Arab Journal of Forensic Sciences & Forensic Medicine (AJFSFM) and will be reproduced in an official report that will be read in the form of outcomes during the closing ceremony of the event. The conference is set out to bring actual change to the regional police departments that will join the event as delegates.

Confirmed keynotes for this year include Raj Samani, Chief Scientist of McAfee, who will be discussing the emergence of ransomware as a threat that has potential to affect every sector and change the way crime is solved in the future. His presentation will be followed by one of the most senior forensic scientists in the world, Professor Duarte Nuno Vieira, who is currently serving as the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Another highlight will be a presentation from Dr. François-Xavier Laurent, Chief of Biology Research and Development at the National Institute of Scientific Police (France) which will touch on innovation and foresight in forensic sciences. Looking into new types of crime is an overall underlying theme which will help delegates gain important knowledge to be better prepared for crimes that involve novel weapons and methods.

In addition to the main conference, practical workshops will be offered daily which will allow delegates to consolidate theoretical with real life scenarios. Confirmed workshops themes include an official INTERPOL led session covering counterfeit currencies and security documents.

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