Virtual Conference 2020

Aims & Objectives

The Society routinely runs its largest event in November each year.  This year the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we are all working and for obvious reasons we can't run the event in the traditional way. We are delighted therefore to launch our first Wholly Virtual One Day Conference.

We are still finalising the programme but already have a number of confirmed speakers. 

- We have the Stuart Kind Memorial lecture given by Dr Gillian Tully the Forensic Science Regulator.
- DNA and Body Fluids Forum including update from Carol Rogers current Chair of BFF
- Fingerprint session from Dr Steven Bleay and Simon Bunter ChFP (Fingerprint) 
- Scientific Publishing Tips and Tricks from Professor Lisa Smith, Honorary Editor Science & Justice                                                                                                                                   

The event will have a number of parallel webinars running via zoom webinar topics to include, DNA, Body Fluids, Crime Scene, Collision Investigation, Fire Investigation, Fingerprints, Quality Management as well as a Research Symposium. 

We aim to have a full conference experience with an exhibitors area as well as a poster session and live Q&A panels.  On the day you can drop into the chat room to speak to one of the exhibitors or just to network with other delegates.  We appreciate that we may all be a bit zoomed out and be missing meeting with our collegaues but we hope that you will find this an exciting experience and certainly better than us just letting 2020 pass without any form of conference. Are you an exhibitor looking to take part, if so email nicola.schumacher@csofs.org or download the sponsorship package information here

Research Symposium

The symposium will be open to postgraduate (Integrated Masters, Masters or PhD level) and early career researchers conducting research in all forensic and wider investigative disciplines. The aim of the symposium is to enable speakers and delegates to think beyond the finer details of their own field of research, consider the wider contexts in which they work, learn from other’s experiences and showcase their research within a multi-disciplinary audience. 

We welcome abstracts across a number of areas including:

- Challenges faced during the research journey and how they were overcome 
- How the research may influence or change the future of criminal investigations 
- How emerging research may impact on the researcher, their organisation and/or future career
- Identifying new areas of cross-disciplinary research and/or collaborative research opportunities

Please complete the form online if you are interested in submitting a paper or poster for the symposium. Call for Papers (oral submission) will close on 30th September. Call for Posters will close on 15th October.    

With this being a virtual event we aim to make this as appealing and accessible to as many people as possible. By booking an "access all areas" full package pass you will be able to pick and choose which webinars you attend on the day as well as having full access after the event "on demand" - this way you can revisit at your leisure after the event.  

Early Bird prices will run from 10th September to 9th October: 

Students members £35
Members £75
Student non members £70
Non members £150  

We hope delivering the conference virtally (live and on demand) will make it much more accessible to a great number of people.