On 18 May 2018 in Warsaw (Hall of the Old Library of the University of Warsaw, Poland) was held VII Polish Forensic Science Society Symposium «Criminalistics – education first…». The co-organizers of the international symposium were the Polish Forensic Science Society, Center for Forensic Sciences and the Department of Forensic Science of Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw. The symposium was devoted to 45th anniversary of the Polish Forensic Science Society, which brings together the most prominent criminalists from Poland and other countries. The symposium’s partners were the Lithuanian Criminalistic Association and Forensic Science Institute of the Polish Forensic Science Society.
The main aim of the symposium was highlighting the need to deepen forensic science education for lawyers and others who work in the field of justice and law enforcement. The symposium supported to exchange internationally experiences with various forms of education in the field of forensic science, to popularize modern methods of teaching, training, and professional development in the field. The official languages of the symposium were: Polish, English and Russian.
The work of the symposium was launched with a gala-opening with the inaugural report, and continued with plenary scientific reports and discussions. The topics of the presentations made at the symposium were related to such blocks of problems: 1) Teaching Forensic science on academic level (incl. modern teaching methods, study programs etc.); 2) Forms and methods of Professional development in the scope of Forensic science (e.g. training of experts, attorneys, prosecutors); 3) International cooperation in the field of teaching, training and Professional development in the field of forensic science (incl. ENFSI work groups, international conferences, study visits).
Scientific reports at the symposium were made by nadzw. dr hab. Bronisław Młodziejowski (Chairman of the Polish Criminalistics Society), zw. dr hab. dr h.c. Brunon Hołyst (Director of the Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology, Faculty of Law and Management, Lazar University), prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Tomaszewski (Head of the Department of Forensic Science at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw), nadz. dr hab. Jarosław Moszczyński (Head of the Department of Criminalistics and Forensic Medicine at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warmia and Mazury), etc. After the reports (some of them were devoted to 45th anniversary of the Polish Forensic Science Society) and discussions the symposium was closed. The event was accompanied by coffee breaks and lunch, which facilitated communication in a relaxed atmosphere. More detailed information on web-site: www.sympozjumkryminalistyczne.wpia.uw.edu.pl
The conference brief
was prepared by
Assoc. Prof. Dr. M. Shepitko