9th International Conference on Forensic Inference and Statistics

2014-08-19 - 2014-08-22

Leiden; the Netherlands


The 9th International Conference on Forensic Inference and Statistics will take place August 19-22, 2014 at Leiden University, the Netherlands.


This international conference – in short ICFIS2014 – unites lawyers, statisticians and forensic scientists in their interest in optimal reasoning concerning forensic evidence. Technical developments in biological, physical, chemical and digital forensic disciplines are fast and have an increasing impact on law enforcement and the justice system. Examples are DNA profiling, fingerprint and illicit drug analysis, and analysis of large digital datasets for intelligence purposes. Whatever the type of evidence, it can only be of value when it is properly gathered, analyzed, evaluated, and communicated by the scientist. Moreover, it should be understood by the legal decision maker. This requires sound statistical and logical methods, and good communication between lawyers and scientists.


The conference promotes the interaction between providers and users of forensic evidence. It focuses on probabilistic methods for the evaluation of forensic evidence, and their use in law and law enforcement.


The conference will provide a forum for oral presentations and posters. Furthermore, the first day of the conference will consist of workshops.


The conference will cover the following themes: Evaluating evidence of emerging analytical technologies, Epidemiological evidence and the law, Education of methods for evidence interpretation, Communication between lawyers and experts, Legal versus scientific reasoning, Quantifying evidential value, DNA mixture interpretation, Interpretation at activity level, Combining evidence, Deciding under uncertainty and Statistics as evidence.


More information about the conference, its programme, venue and registration among others can be found on the official website: http://icfis2014.org/.