Table of contents
Conference programme 3
Conference sponsors /supporters/collaborators 4
Keynote Presentations 5
Society Membership Benefits 7
Workstream 1 Presentations 8
CSFS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and CSFS Education Quality Standards 12
Workstream 2 Presentations 13
CSFS Generic Quality Management System (GQMS) 17
Workstream 3 Presentations 18
CSFS Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) 21
Poster presentations 22
It is a pleasure to welcome you all to the Spring meeting of the Society “Hot leads for Cold Cases”.
One of the challenges of convening a forensic science conference is ensuring than the range of material is
attractive to forensic scientists who are diverse in their interests. Cold cases are a convenient vehicle in that
they provide an opportunity to demonstrate the range of specialities that are useful while also offering the
possibility to explore the potential of new technologies.
I am sure everyone will be keen to hear Professor Angela Gallop as the keynote speaker. It was a wonderful
experience to interview her recently for one of the Focus on Forensic Scientist webinar series (accessible to
members on the website). At the conference today she is accompanied by Steve Wilkins, the police officer
with whom she worked in the Pembroke Path murders. If you missed the television program based on the
case, you have another treat in store.
The afternoon session of the conference is divided into three sections. I usually find this frustrating trying to
decide what section I want to attend. The joy of digital is that you can return to any section you missed at a
later date when all the material will be available to those who are registered.
We have a number of presentations based the experiences of organisations on these islands as well as
expertise from further afield. If genealogy seems like one of the recent tools, we have a reminder that
fingerprints retain their place as a vital evidence whether stinky or software assisted. We have
presentations highlighting the vital importance of the scene using archaeology or geographic profiling, the
need to consider more than DNA and also one offering advice on training.
One of my interests in cold cases is how we learn from them and how we avoid cases becoming cold
cases. The panel discussion, when some of the speakers from the day will be joined by Professor Jim Fraser,
will give us the opportunity to reflect on that point and also to consolidate learning from the day.
I wish you all an enjoyable and useful day.
Sheila Willis CSFS President Convenor