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Past Events

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The Hague, Netherlands, 20 - 24 August, 2012


6th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference including the 4th International Soil Forensics Conference

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Special 4: Soil Forensics

Chair: Henk Kars
Co-chair: Lida van den Eijkel

In recent years, soils and sediments have proved to be useful in obtaining evidence in three major areas of forensic investigation: (a) violation of environments through pollution and/or bad management, (b) in criminal investigation, particularly as sources of trace evidence and (c) as a place where human remains are buried and decay.

The solid phase of soil has two major components, inorganic material derived from pre-existing sediments and rocks, and organic materials, derived from living and dead organisms (plants, animals, and microbes). Groundwater and soil air may contain many substances and cause the dispersion of pollutants that can dissolve or evaporate.

Soil forensics is of a multidisciplinary nature. Many specialists have been involved in providing evidence for legal enquiries, including mineralogists, hydro- and other geologists, botanists, ecologists, palynologists, archaeologists and chemists. Geomorphology, landscape studies, and geophysics are also being used to aid investigations. This is reflected in the growing number of publications about all aspects of these fields.

Soil Forensics International is a worldwide network of professionals working on all aspects of criminal and environmental soil forensics. Its aim is to further develop this new field of forensic science by organizing conferences for soil forensic professionals to meet and discuss their work. Being an integral part of EAFS2012 the next Soil Forensics International conference will be held in a wide forensic environment, also making soil forensics better known among forensic scientists and practitioners in general.

Contributions are welcomed about (but not limited to) case histories, methodologies contributing to crime scene evaluation and sampling in natural, urban and industrial environments, methodologies for laboratory examination and the value and construction of databases.

The call for abstracts closed the 15th of March 2012.


Brisbane, Australia, 8th-9th August 2012

AFP & IUGS-IFG Two-Day Workshop on the Design, Management and Implementation of Ground Searches using Geophysical Equipment

Aims and Objectives

The workshop will be delivered on ground searches for burials, which includes; homicide graves, fire-arms, weapons, drugs, money and items of value. This will cover the following:

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Brisbane, Australia, 5 - 10 August, 2012

34th International Geological Congress to be held in Brisbane, Australia, 5 - 10 August, 2012.

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Theme 1: Geoscience and Society
Symposium 4: Forensic geoscience

Convenor: Dr Rob Fitzpatrick
Email: rob.fitzpatrick at csiro.au

Dr Laurance J Donnelly ldonnelly at wardell-armstrong.com
Dr Dallas Mildenhall d.mildenhall at gns.cri.nz

Forensic geoscience is a growing area of relevance in providing critical forensic information from landscape to microscopic scales, to solve both criminal and environmental investigations. This symposium will provide a forum for earth scientists to showcase development of new sophisticated field and laboratory methods; and explore their experiences through case study analysis.

The call for abstracts closed the 17th of February 2012.

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, 27 - 29 May, 2012

The Geological Association of Canada (GAC®) and the Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC) 2012 Joint Annual Meeting – Geoscience at the Edge, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, 27-29 May, 2012.

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Special Session - Geoscience: Communication, Heritage and Culture
Forensic Geology

Convenor: Shari Forbes (Forensic Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology: shari.forbes at uoit.ca)

Geoforensics (known also as Forensic Geology or Forensic Geoscience) is the application of geology to criminal investigations. Forensic geologists may assist the police investigating some types of crimes to help determine either what happened, where and when it occurred, or to help search for homicide graves or other objects buried in the ground. This session aims to report and promote the activities of researchers working in this area, by bringing together scientists currently engaged in geological forensic research and technology with those developing and using analytical tools (e.g. quantitative SEM imaging, X-ray diffraction, ground penetrating radar) that can be used to provide location and timing information pertinent to a forensic investigation. We are anxious to promote the activities of the IFG group of the IUGS to a wide group of geoscientists who are prepared to (a) contribute to this field and (b) looking to develop potential synergies with researchers performing analogous studies in geo-archaeology and in geology and health.


Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 20 - 25 February, 2012

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences 64th Annual Scientific Meeting

Workshop #9 What Did You Just Step In?! Use Forensic Soil Examinations to Find Out

Chair: Skip Palenik, BS
Co-Chair: William Schneck, MS

Educational Objectives: After attending this presentation, attendees will be equipped with sufficient knowledge of soil analysis to either initiate this type of service in their laboratory or suggest improvements to their existing methods for soil analysis. Situational awareness of the need to utilize the analytical services of an outside laboratory for select soil comparisons will also be gained.

Impact on the Forensic Science Community: This presentation will impact the forensic science community by providing education to those desiring training in forensic soil examinations, as well serving as a reminder about a service that more laboratories may wish to add to their suite of analytical services. This workshop will help to make soil analysis more accessible to the forensic community by demonstrating the limited instrumentation necessary to make this service available. Additionally, the workshop will provide a forum for examiners to discuss the differences in existing techniques, the need for standardization, and the impact of accreditation.


Rome Meeting, 18 - 20 September, 2011

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IUGS Initiative on Forensic Geology Inaugural Meeting, September 18 - 19, 2011

On-line schedule still available for download IUGS Initiative on Forensic Geology Inaugural Meeting Program (pdf file)


IUGS Initiative on Forensic Geology: Training and Development in Trace Evidence
and Search for Criminal Investigations, September 20th, 2011

On-line schedule available separately for download Training and Development in Trace Evidence and Search for Criminal Investigations Program (pdf file)


British Festival of Science, 13 September, 2011

Sherlock Holmes to CSI: How Geologists Help Solve Crimes

On-line schedule

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2011 Trace Evidence Symposium, 9 - 11 August, 2011

At the Science, Significance, and Impact Conference, co-sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory Division. Click here for more information on the Trace Evidence Symposium 2011
For free live streaming of some of the events go to http://www.nfstc.org/trace-evidence-symposium-sessions-to-be-streamed-live-online/.
The soils session was scheduled for Wednesday morning, August 10th, 2011.


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