Forensic Science and Investigation Conferences (2019)

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International conferences offer participants the opportunity to keep track of the latest developments in their field, meet and greet professionals in various industries, and build their network. Forensic science and investigation conferences are designed for network security professionals, law enforcement specialists, and decision makers in cyber security and forensic science. At these events, they get are introduced to innovations in digital forensics and IT security and get a chance to interact with cybersecurity leaders around the world.

Forensic science conferences usually consist of lectures and workshops by eminent experts, a space for vendors, and networking opportunities. Such conferences can also be unique educational experiences, and in some cases, offer continuing education credits for attendance. While some organizations may accept networking and exhibit hall hours for offering credits, others might require attendees to attend educational sessions to earn credits.

Leaders in security and forensics derive much value from these conferences, enjoying the opportunity to meet prospects face-to-face, chat with customers about their pain points, and get a better understanding of what the market wants. Jeremy Kirby, Director of Sales & Grants Coordinator, Susteen, Inc, summarized the benefits well: “The Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference has been a highlight of our trade show schedule. As always, the event allowed us to showcase our cutting edge technology to decision making users who could benefit the most from our product.”

The following guide covers 12 top forensics conferences.

Featured Forensic Science Conferences

Forensics Asia Expo

Forensics Asia Expo is the Asia-Pacific iteration of Forensics Europe Expo, Europe’s leading and longest running forensics event. The Forensics Asia Expo provides a platform for industry specialists to learn about the thriving forensics market. The conference features some of the world’s most qualified speakers, addressing essential issues faced by international and local forensic communities.

Forensics Asia Expo provides a vital forum for leading forensics professionals and key industry figures to discuss the latest developments in forensic investigation technologies and techniques. The conference also invites research papers from experts from industry, academia, and law enforcement on the various challenges and solutions in the field of forensics. Topics of interest include crime scene investigation and reconstruction, forensic engineering, forensic pathology, forensic linguistics and handwriting, forensic analytical techniques, forensic biology, microbiology, and chemistry.

  • Audience: The event is calling on leading experts and innovators from law enforcement, industry, and academia.
  • Cost: Industry (£650.00 + VAT); public sector or government (£350.00 + VAT); press (free)
  • Location & Date (2019): Singapore (January 29-30)

ICFNSP 2019 : 21st International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice

The ICFNSP 2019: 21st International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice aims at bringing together leading researchers, research scholars and academic scientists to share and exchange their research results and experiences on all aspects of forensic nursing science and practice. The conference also provides a leading platform for practitioners, educators, and researchers to discuss recent trends, concerns, innovations, and practical challenges that one faces in the fields of forensic nursing science and practice.

Some of the topics that the conference will explore are nursing pharmacology, space nursing, family nursing, emergency nursing, death investigation, and more. If you wish, you can also exhibit your products at the conference or become a sponsor for the event. The conference also encourages researchers to submit e-posters, abstracts, and papers around the theme of the conference.

  • Audience: The conference keenly seeks enthusiastic academicians, scholars, and students who would love to contribute to the conference.
  • Cost: Non-student oral/poster presenter (450 €); student oral/poster presenter (350 €); listener (250 €); additional paper publication (100 €)
  • Locations & Dates (2019): Istanbul, Turkey (February 14-15); Rome, Italy (March 5-6); Paris, France (May 16-17); San Francisco, California (June 6-7)

Forensics Europe Expo

The Forensics Europe Expo is Europe’s leading event dedicated to forensic science. This event will encompass all aspects of forensic investigation, offering ample opportunities for learning and professional development. Beneficial for any forensics professional, the Forensics Europe Expo is the must-attend event to learn about and source the very latest technologies available on the market.

This event will attract more than 1,500 international forensics professionals from the private sector, government, the legal sector, law enforcement, laboratories, universities, the intelligence sector, and the military. This year’s conference is set to be an important forum of debate and discussion for the global forensics community.

As part of UK Security Week, the event will be facilitating connections between the industry’s supply chain with its all-in-one platform to interact and engage with procurement specialists and decision makers.

  • Audience: All visitors should be engaged in bonafide areas of forensics and associated industries, government, equipment procurement organizations, specifiers, operators and end-users, trade media, or research establishments. Students over 18 are permitted to access the Forensics Europe Expo on day two only.
  • Cost: Police, public sector, military, government (half-day pass £175.00 + VAT, one-day pass £220.00 + VAT, two-day pass £300.00 + VAT); suppliers and end-users in all other private sectors (half-day pass £250.00 + VAT, one-day pass £360.00 + VAT, two-day pass £550.00 + VAT)
  • Location & Date (2019): Olympia, London (March 5-6)

InterFORENSICS

InterFORENSICS is the largest integrated event of forensic sciences in Latin America, organized by Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences. The conference brings together experts, organizations, academics, and companies from the private and public sectors. Attendees at the event get a chance to exchange knowledge, examine various exhibits of products and services, network with peers, get access to latest research and presentations, and take part in debates and lectures highlighting forensic sciences over the globe.

In its first edition, InterFORENSICS gathered more than 1,500 participants from Brazil and 35 other countries. There were 175 speakers and 200 scientific papers were presented. This year’s conference is expected to cover 13 major areas of forensic sciences. It will also include mini courses such as the interpretation of forensic results, an analysis of violent death sites, and a forensic analysis of images.

  • Audience: Legal practitioners, researchers, forensic science students, and professionals from areas of expertise such as information technology, finance, multimedia, forensic medicine, and several others.
  • Cost: Non-members (professionals $1300, post-grad students $975, grad students $650); members (professionals $650, post-grad students $488, grad students $325)
  • Location & Date (2019): São Paulo, Brazil (May 21-24)

3rd World Conference and Exhibition on Forensic Science

The Scientific Federation has organized the third edition of forensic science conference which will be held in Berlin, Germany. The conference is an established event which will include more than 200 participants from around the globe—sharing, exploring, and exchanging new knowledge of forensic science and related research. The event provides an excellent opportunity for delegates from universities and institutes to interact with the world-class scientists.

The conference aims to promote top-notch research and cooperation among scientists and engineers globally. It brings together world-class researchers, industrial heads, and international communities to discuss the latest developments in forensic science.

  • Audience: Academic scientists, researchers, research scholars, and students are all welcomed to register.
  • Cost: Speaker registration ($699); poster registration ($399); listener registration ($799); student listener ($299)
  • Location & Date (2019): Berlin, Germany (June 3-4)

Crimes Against Children Conference

The Crimes Against Children Conference is a leading conference that provides knowledge and instruction to those who fight crimes against children and help children heal. It is presented annually by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and the Dallas Police Department. The conference that began 31 years ago with a mere 50 attendees saw a record footfall of over 5,000 participants in 2018.

The conference faculty includes over 200 notable members who host workshops and present case studies. These are meant to address critical issues faced by conference attendees in their work.

  • Audience: The conference aims to provide training to those employed by governmental and nonprofit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, therapy, probation, parole, and medicine, who work directly with child victims of crime.
  • Cost: Early registration ($530, before June 9); general registration ($600, June 9-July 27); late registration ($650, after July 28)
  • Location & Date (2019): Dallas, Texas (August 12-15)

2019 IAI Conference Reno

The International Association for Identification aims for education and professional development. To complete this mission, the IAI holds an annual educational conference that offers a week of high quality education and hands-on training in the field of forensic physical evidence and crime scene investigation.

The IAI conference is the largest in the world for forensic and crime scene professionals and the schedule is packed with scientific, technical, and operational lectures, as well as hands-on workshops focused on a wide variety of topics. Topics include photography, crime scene investigation and processing, footwear and tire track examination, the collection and examination of latent prints, bloodstain pattern evidence, biometrics, and many other types of impression and identification evidence disciplines.

Overall the IAI conference provides an opportunity for professionals in the field to stay on top of professional standards, certification, and the latest issues related to forensic science and crime scene evidence.

  • Audience: Forensic and crime scene professionals, and full time college students, with a major in a forensic science-related field or law enforcement.
  • Cost: IAI member ($395 early and $445 onsite); non-member ($500 early and $550 onsite); student ($200), social registration ($200)
  • Location & Date (2019): Reno, Nevada (August 11-17)

2nd International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology

The 2nd International Conference on Forensic Research & Technology is one of the largest conferences where professionals, decision-makers, and forensic experts meet for discussion and debate. The theme for this year’s event is “next-level challenges and innovation in evidence analysis.” The conference includes topics such as future strategies of forensic science, innovation, research, and technology.

Attendees to the event will get access to valuable data that they can use to generate new ideas and add to their professional expertise. The event facilitates exchange of knowledge and information between academia and scholastic associations and industry folks. It explores tracks such as forensic chemistry and toxicology, forensic engineering, toxicology, and victimology.

  • Audience: Anyone from research field, university, or company can attend this conference. Mainly stakeholders, product developers, solution providers, researchers and innovators, marketing and sales professionals, associations and professional bodies, funding agencies, decision-makers and management bodies will be attendees for this conference.
  • Cost: Academic speaker ($699), business registration ($799), student delegate ($349)
  • Location & Date (2019): Singapore (September 18-19)

Featured Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity Conferences

The Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference

The Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference is a three-day conference and includes over 65 speakers, 60 sessions, and 30 sponsors. The conference sees attendance from over 500 cybersecurity and digital forensics industry professionals. The program is organized under tracks such as audit/risk management, forensics, investigations, sponsor demos, and information security.

The conference is a unique educational experience, blending knowledge of cybersecurity and digital forensics. It aims to raise awareness about the latest developments, teaching, ethics, training, and responsibilities in the field of IT security and digital forensics. The event also has several networking opportunities, so attendees can develop meaningful professional relationships.

  • Audience: Cybersecurity and digital forensics professionals
  • Cost: Early bird rate ($995, ends December 31, 2018); advance rate ($1,295, ends March 8, 2019); onsite rate ($1,695); government rate ($795)
  • Locations & Dates (2019): San Diego, CA (March 11-13); Myrtle Beach, SC (June 2-5); San Antonio, TX (September 30-October 2)

Magnet User Summit 2019

MUS 2019 is a two-day event that provides a complete view of the latest ongoings in the digital forensics industry, as well as how magnetic forensic products can help with investigations. The event includes hands-on lab experience and several in-person lectures. Attendees get an opportunity to hear from guest speakers on the latest trends and best practices in digital forensics. The keynote speaker for the event is Mr. Ovie Carroll, director of DOJ CCIPS Cybercrime Lab.

The conference introduces attendees to the exciting trends and best practices in the digital forensics industry. It also offers two instructor-led on-site courses, namely Magnet Axiom Examinations and Magnet Axiom Advanced Computer Forensics. These courses can account for 32 CPE credits through NASBA.

  • Audience: All are welcome to attend, though only those who perform digital forensics investigations will likely get the most reward out of the event.
  • Cost: Early bird rate ($299, before February 1); general admission ($699); special government employee rate ($149)
  • Location & Date (2019): Nashville, Tennessee (April 2-3)

ForenSecure 19 – Cyber Security & Forensics Conference

The Illinois Institute of Technology’s C²SAFE (Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education) is a collaborative space where businesses, government, academia, and security professionals intersect. C²SAFE organizes ForenSecure—an industry-focused event, as opposed to an academic one, which includes multiple tracks. It brings together more than 200 professionals over one-and-a-half-days.

The conference will involve discussions and debates over topics such as forensics, information governance, security, cybercrime and cybersecurity, legal issues and cybersecurity legislation, eDiscovery, steganography, ethical hacking, compliance and policy, cloud forensics, wireless security, identity theft, privacy, cloud computing, and more. Past conferences have included sessions such as best practices for credit card security, combating cyber-threats as a small or medium-sized business, and network security.

  • Audience: Attendees generally consist of practitioners in the information security and forensics fields. This event is open to the public.
  • Cost: Early registration ($150, before March 13); general attendee ($200); IEEE and UniForum members ($100)
  • Location & Date (2019): Wheaton, IL (April 11-12)

19th Annual DFRWS conference

The Digital Forensic Research Workshop is a voluntary, non-profit organization which brings together those interested in digital forensics to address the challenges of the field. DFRWS organizes digital forensic conferences and aims to foster international collaboration, providing an atmosphere to share research papers, practitioner presentations, and works in progress. Every gathering includes technical workshops, demos, panels, and other breakout sessions covering various issues related to digital forensics.

Some of the topics included in this conference will be multimedia analysis, database forensics, data hiding and discovery, digital evidence and the law, digital evidence storage and preservation, and much more.

The first digital forensic research workshop was held in August 2001. The vision is to bring together researchers, practitioners, industry experts, academics, law enforcement, and military with the goal of opening lines of communication.

  • Audience: The conference is open to everyone.
  • Cost: Registration will open in January 2019
  • Locations & Dates (2019): Oslo, Norway (April 24-26); Portland, Oregon (July 14-17)