On 6-11 September 2015 7th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference (EAFS 2015) was held in Prague (Czech Republic). The Conference was organized by European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI). European Academy of Forensic Science Conferencing is great tradition for organizers and participants. Every three years since 1997 the international conference on the forensic science problems took place in Lausanne (Switzerland), Krakow (Poland), Istanbul (Turkey), Helsinki (Finland), Glasgow (Scotland) and Hague (Netherlands). The honor to have the great international event has been given to Prague in 2015.
The conference was held in the Prague Congress Centre. Participants of this event were leading scientists in the field of Forensic Sciences (Criminalistics), law enforcement officers, practitioners of forensic laboratories, industrial, commercial and various service companies – all 555 delegates from 53 countries of the world. The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Ministry of the Interior Mgr. Monika Pálková; Head of the Police Service of the Czech Republic, Brig. gen. Mgr. Bc. Tomáš Tuhý; president of the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Prof. Ing. Jiří Drahoš; Rector of Charles University (Prague), Prof. MUDr. Tomáš Zima; rector of Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, Prof. Ing. Karel Melzoch, etc. The conference worked in English.
Conference topics were devoted to the problems of Fingerprints examination; Forensic biology, anthropology, entomology, botany and related fields; Forensic organic chemistry, pharmacology, drug analysis; Forensic inorganic chemistry, trace evidence, (e.g. GSR, PBR, paint and glass, fibres), material analysis of works of art, forensic mineralogy, soils and related fields; Fire and explosions; Toolmarks and shoeprint examination, forensic defectoscopy, technical diagnostics, traffic accidents and forensic engineering; Forensic ballistics, bioballistics and related fields; Forensic photography, audio and video examination and polygraph examination; Forensic DNA analysis and related issues; Forensic analysis of handwriting, authenticity verification of means of payments and stamps, technical examination of documents and paper; Forensic information technology and electrical engineering; Crime scene and DVI; Accreditation issues, education and training; Evidence interpretation; Cognitive forensics; Forensic toxicology; Forensic medicine, legal medicine and forensic pathology; Management of forensic science laboratories.
Main topics of the conference were included to the next themes:
1. Management of Forensic Science Laboratories.
2. Future Development in Crime Scene Investigation.
3. Trends in Traditional and Novel Forensic Casework Approaches.
4. Electronic Data Evidence.
5. Interpretation of Forensic Evidence.
EAFS 2015 Organizing Committee also declare that results of the conference will be publish in special issue of the FSI journal – Forensic Science International. The deadline for articles submission is 31 October 2015.
The conference brief
by Mgr. Helen Reznikova