Sunday, January 24, 2016

January 2016

This year looks very nice, with several new opportunities. The combination of casework and research projects is always challenging and bringing new solutions which can be used in casework. Current projects on biometric spoofing as well as on drone forensics give some new insights.
I look forward to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in February, where I am currently Vice President. Together with Laura Liptai and the Theoretical Forensic Science Committee of the Forensic Science Foundation, we prepared a workshop with new developments in forensic science that we expect might have impact in the next years. Furthermore, I am also chairman of the International Affairs Committee, and look forward to meet our international colleagues.  The major efforts of the OSACs to improve the standards of forensic science, are also important for the forensic community, and international collaboration remains important. Also within ENFSI (the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes) major efforts have been made on best practice guides.
Also the webinar for the European Division of the International Association of Identification will be presented next week, with more information on challenges in eforensics combined with emerging biometrics. 
The start was also good where I was one of the lectures on Digital Forensic in Complex Crime Scenes, for the MFS students of the University of Amsterdam. Also with lots of practical assignments.