Registrations for the workshops are included in the symposium registration unless otherwise specified below.

 


SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER


01. The Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains: A Quality Assurance Workshop

Time: 0900 - 1530
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $130.00
Facilitators: A/Prof Soren Blau, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine & Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University and Ms Samantha Rowbotham, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine & Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University

Anthropologists commonly make subjective visual assessments of macroscopic morphological features in order to determine if a bone is human or non-human, establish a biological profile (sex, age-at-death and ancestral origins), as well as to analyse and interpret skeletal trauma and/or pathological conditions. Such assessments are primarily subjective. The aim of this project is to undertake a quality assurance program of students and professionals involved in the analysis of human skeletal remains in order to more fully understand the extent to which the results of morphological analysis of skeletal features agree or disagree depending on qualifications and /or experience.


02. Activity Level Inference in Forensic Genetics

Time: 0930 - 1700
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $150.00
Facilitators: Dr Bas Kokshoorn, Netherlands Forensic Institute, Dr Roland A.H. van Oorschot, Office of the Chief Forensic Scientist, Victoria Police Forensic Service Centre & School of Molecular Sciences, La Trobe University, Mr Bart J. Blankers MSc, and Dr Duncan Taylor, Forensic Science South Australia & School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University

Forensic practitioners are increasingly confronted with questions from the judiciary on the mode or timing of transfer of DNA. To be able to assist in answering these questions, the expert requires knowledge on transfer, persistence, prevalence and recovery (TPPR) of DNA, as well as on the theoretical framework needed to evaluate the findings.  During this one-day workshop we will share our experience with the use of experimental data in a theoretical framework to assess DNA typing results at activity level. The focus will be on practical aspects of both research and casework practise. 


03. Human Burned Remains

Time: 0900 - 1700
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $170.00
Facilitators: Mr Calil Makhoul, Laboratory of Forensic Science, University of Coimbra

Understanding human burned remains is crucial and challenging in cases of fire events, since they are often missed, disturbed, altered, or even destroyed. Also, heat-induced changes (HIC) such as colour, strength, porosity, weight and dimensional changes plus fracture formation and recrystallization, interfere negatively with the reliability of bioanthropological methods in assessing the different parameters of the biological profile. As a consequence, forensic anthropologists have been somewhat unsuccessful at reconciling burned skeletal remains belonging to an individual when these are scattered or commingled, basically, Understanding how these alterations occur, and exemplifying with experimental scenarios could help the forensic anthropologist to better analyze, reconcille, identify  human burned remains.


04. The human factor in forensic science: Lessons learned from a NIST Expert Working Group on human factors

Time: 0900 - 1700
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $75.00
Facilitators: Dr Niki Osborne, Human Factors Training and Consultancy, Dr Reinoud Stoel, Netherlands Forensic Institute, and Dr Carolyne Bird, Forensic Science SA

The workshop will be of interest to forensic practitioners from all disciplines and other stakeholders such as managers, police, and lawyers. Using illustrative examples and practical exercises, we will provide a theoretical overview of human factors in evidence interpretation and evaluation from both a cognitive and a forensic perspective. As the day progresses, we will discuss ways to implement contextual information management in forensic casework and how the management of information may improve the validity and credibility of forensic interpretations.  This workshop is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 


05 - Ian Riebeling New Practitioner Workshop

Time: Saturday and Sunday 0900 - 1700
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $150.00 for students, $200.00 for practitioners.
Facilitators: Ms Tracie Gould, Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde, ANZPAA NIFS, and Mr Robert Morgan, ANZPAA NIFS

The workshop is aimed at new and aspiring practitioners, to provide them with an overview of forensic science in Australia and New Zealand. 

The workshop will provide new practitioners with a sense of where their chosen discipline fits within the larger forensic landscape. Participants will meet experienced practitioners, who will discuss the techniques employed within their field, provide real case examples and an update on current status and future directions of forensic science. The workshop will culminate in a mock court, highlighting the court process and the interaction between the judiciary and the expert witness.

A social dinner on the Saturday night is included in the cost of attending.

Please click here to be redirected to the Ian Riebeling New Practitioner Workshop registration page.


06. An Introduction to the Probabilistic Software STRmix™

Time: 0900 - 1630
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $100.00
Facilitators: Dr Damien Abarno

STRmix™ is an expert forensic software that can resolve previously unresolvable mixed DNA profiles. This workshop includes an introduction to STRmix™ including a hands-on demonstration of the software.  Theory topics include the principles of probabilistic genotyping, including the advantages and limitations, principles of using peak heights and stutter ratios and the basis of the models underpinning the STRmix™.  Attendees will walk through the 
interpretation of a number of complex and mixed DNA profiles using STRmix™.  The class will explore the variability in likelihood ratios, and the run diagnostics after each STRmix™ analysis.


07. Clues from Nature: Pollen, Spores, Plants and Plankton at the Crime Scene

Time: 0900 - 1600
Location: Biodiversity Conservation Centre at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens
Price $120.00
Facilitators: Dr Lynne Milne, Department of Exploration Geophysics, Curtin University and Dr Paola Magni, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University

Pollen, spores, microalgae and/or other plant materials are likely to be present at all crime scenes, but their potential as investigative tools is often overlooked. This workshop will introduce participants to the potential of micro- and macro-botanical evidence as an investigative tool – when to use it, which samples are relevant, what information they can provide, and best practice collection and preservation protocols. It will include presentations, case studies, hands on microscopy and field work, and the opportunity for participants to show their expertise by solving their first forensic palynology case - The Mugging of Mitchell Moggy.    


08. QIAGEN Sample to Insight solutions - Accelerating human identification workflows

Time: 1300 - 1600
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $0.00
Facilitators: Dr Ivonne Petemann, Prof Adrian Linacre, Dr Mark Barash, Mr Melvyn Ong

The workshop will showcase the latest technologies and achievements for human identity and forensics and will give participants the opportunity to hear first-hand how forensic touch DNA samples perform using the QIAGEN NGS workflow in combination with Illumina platform sequencing from Prof. Adrian Linacre. 

This study has evaluated a custom QIAGEN 140 II SNP identification panel on a range of touch DNA samples using a direct amplification approach in combination with the QIAseq cfDNA All-In-One library kit and its potential of the workflow for future applications.  

In the second half of the workshop Dr. Mark Barash will present results of their study that has evaluated Investigator Quantiplex Pro and Pro RGQ (Qiagen) and QuantifilerTrio (Thermo Fisher Scientific) qPCR assays and different qPCR instruments. 

Valued at $75.00 per person. 


09. Introduction to Forensic Pathology and the Mortuary

Time: Saturday 8 September 0900 - 1700 and Sunday 9 September 08.30 – 1300
Location: State Mortuary, J Block, QE2 Medical Centre, Nedlands
Price $120.00
Facilitators: Dr Alanah Buck, PathWest, Dr Clive Cooke, PathWest, Ms Rebecca Ellen, VIFM, Dr Stephen Knott, PathWest, Dr Victoria Kueppers, PathWest, Dr Jodie Leditschke, VIFM, Dr Daniel Moss, PathWest, Dr Jodi White, PathWest, Dr Neil Langlois, South Australia

In an informal and interactive way registrants will be introduced to death investigation, with discussion focussing on standard  topics in forensic pathology, anthropology and odontology. Topics such as asphyxia, blunt and sharp injuries, gunshot injuries, sudden natural deaths, examination of  skeletalised remains and  disaster victim examination (DVI) will be addressed.  


SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER


10. Identifying the right suspect within hours: How Rapid DNA facilitates criminal investigations and protects the public

Time: 0900 - 1200
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $0.00
Facilitators: Mr Kevin Bebak, IntegenX Inc., Ms Patty Chiang, IntegenX Inc., Mr Jay Therrien, IntegenX Inc. and Mr David King, IntegenX Inc.

Rapid DNA technologies emerged over a decade ago as a way to confirm a suspect’s identity while in custody. With the passage of the Rapid DNA Act of 2017, in the United States, several major state jail systems are now executing state-wide implementation of Rapid DNA in arrestee testing. Today, Rapid DNA systems are also used around the world for various additional applications. Through case studies of forensic labs that have established Rapid DNA in their workflows, this workshop will examine system features and performance, provide best practices city-, state-, or country-wide implementations, and discuss legal considerations in different countries.


11. Beyond Identification: DNA Intelligence

Time: 1300 - 1700
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $70.00
Facilitators: Dr Runa Daniel Office of the Chief Forensic Scientist, Victoria Police Forensic Services Department & National Centre for Forensic Studies, Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Maths, University of Canberra, and A/Prof Dennis McNevin, National Centre for Forensic Studies, Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Maths, University of Canberra

DNA profiling seeks to identify the donor of biological evidence. Identification requires a match between the evidential DNA profile and a database/reference profile. However, when a match is not achieved, the use of the valuable biological evidence in the investigation ceases. 
Forensic DNA Intelligence enables the prediction of biogeographical ancestry and externally visible characteristics of an individual from biological evidence. DNA Intelligence assists in generating or reducing a suspect pool, DVI and replacing reliance on eyewitnesses. 
Workshop content includes an introduction to DNA Intelligence, assays, casework application, commercial providers, and legislative and ethical considerations. Suitable for scientists and police investigators. 


12. Redefining Possibilities: The Development of Latent Fingermarks from Cartridge Casings and Metals Using a Novel Vapour Phase Technique

Time: 0900 - 1100
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $45.00
Facilitators: Dr Roberto King,

To provide an overview and give practical demonstrations of a novel vapour phase process for the enhancement and visualisation of latent fingermarks from substrates that are considered almost ‘impossible’ to effectively treat: cartridge casings and metals that have been deliberately washed or wiped clean, for example.


14 - Collection to Court

Time: 0900 - 1600
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $350.00
Facilitators: Mrs Anna Davey, Forensic Foundations

This workshop is designed for professionals who collect or record material, examine or analysis material and report their findings in a legal context. Participants are not required to come from an accredited laboratory. The workshop will equip the participants with the knowledge, skills and understanding to collect, record, examine and /or analyse material which may be subsequently presented in a legal context. Participants will be provided with resources based on International and Australian Standards, court and legislative requirements. A ‘moot court’ will form part of the working allowing participants the opportunity to experience giving testimony in a safe environment.


15 - Advanced STRmix™ Users Forum

Time: 0900 - 1630
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $100.00
Facilitators: Dr Damien Abarno

STRmix™ is an expert forensic software that can resolve previously unresolvable mixed DNA profiles. This workshop will provide a forum for current STRmix™ users to discuss emerging topics with members of the STRmix™ software development team.   Areas will span statistical theory to practical examples and court-room experiences.   In addition the latest extensions to the software will be presented with in depth details about software functionality.  Participants must be current users of the STRmix™ software, and familiar with probabilistic approaches to DNA mixture interpretation.


16 - Tackling the Challenge of CBRN Forensics

Time: 0900 - 1700
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $40.00
Facilitators: Miss Kaitlyn Toole, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, and Miss Kathleen Schoofs

With the current threat of terrorism many countries have strengthened their national security and have protocols in place to deal with such attack. However, what happens when chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear (CBRN) material is released? Can conventional forensic methods be used to find out who was behind the attack?   The objective of the workshop is to gain awareness and understanding of the challenges of a forensic investigation involving CBRN material. Participants will be guided through a fictitious scenario where they will be challenged with different questions that need to be addressed in groups to proceed in the scenario. 


17 - ATA Scientific invites you to attend a Workshop and use the Desktop Phenom GSR Scanning Electron Microscope with EDS analysis

Time: 1000 - 1500
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $0.00
Facilitators: Ms Theano Stafidas, ATA Scientific, and Mr Jeroen Smulders, Phenom-World

This workshop will provide an opportunity to assess the Phenom GSR, benchtop Scanning Electron Microscope. The Phenom system offers the latest technology in SEM system. The Phenom systems offer high quality SEM
imaging, accurate EDS analysis, fast and easy operation and high sample throughput. With automated Gun Shot Residue analysis software (compliant with ASTM E1588-16), the Phenom GSR system offers verstality to handle a
wide range of forensic applicaitons. Participants will be provided with a live demonstration of the Phenom GSR to assess its capabilities, presented by a GSR applications specialist from Phenom-World.


18 - The use of geochemical data for forensic intelligence and provenancing

Time: 0830 - 1800
Location: University of Western Australia
Price $250.00
Facilitators: A/Prof Jurian Hoogewerff, National Centre of Forensic Studies, University of Canberra, Dr Patrice de Cariat, Geoscience Australia, A/Prof Daniel Franklin, Centre for Forensic Anthropology, The University of Western Australia,  Mr Michael Aberle (UWA), National Centre of Forensic Studies, University of Canberra, Dr Brenda Woods and Ms Kari Pitts

The workshop is aimed at senior students and professionals and aims creating awareness for the potential of geology and geochemistry in providing forensic intelligence in criminal cases, law enforcement resource management, food authentication, endangered animals and associated topics. The morning sessions will provide an introduction to current methods in forensic soil analysis, geology, mineralogy, soils, elemental and isotope analysis, provenancing of soil, plants, food and human remains. The afternoon session will provide a hands-on experience using a mock crime scenario that will be “solved” by the participants using the open source “R” statistical software and dedicated scripts provided by the presenters. The participants will need to bring their own laptops.


24 - Brain Trauma: A specialist prospective?

Time: 1330 - 1500
Location: Cliftons Perth, Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Price $0.00
Facilitators: Dr Avneesh Gupta, Wayne County Medical Examiner Office and Dr Kathryn McFadden, University of Michigan

Our workshop aim is to present a systematic approach and templates for documenting the brain findings in a series of forensic traumatic brain injury cases. The included cases represent acute traumatic brain injury (infant and adult), traumatic brain injury with prolonged survival and seizure disorder, acute blunt force brain injury with paucity of external findings and intraventricular bleed and spinal cord injury followed by prolonged survival.  Upon completion the attendee will be able to recognize instances of forensic traumatic brain injury and to perform adequate sampling for neuro-pathological investigation.


MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER


19 - The Forensic Lab of the Future

Time: 1200 - 1300
Location: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Price $0.00
Facilitators: Dr Daniel Power, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Dr Lucy Dagostino, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Dr Beatrice Goh, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Mrs Jessica Poy, Thermo Fisher Scientific

In the “Forensic Lab of the Future” we explore technologies that enable generation of more information from less of your precious sample and enable you to go from sample to answer faster.

To Book: 
Please email Daniel Power for more information and to secure your position in the workshop. 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Phone: + 61 408 359 176         


TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER


20 - The Forensic Lab of the Future

Time: 1200 - 1300
Location: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Price $0.00
Facilitators: Dr Daniel Power, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Dr Lucy Dagostino, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Dr Beatrice Goh, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Mrs Jessica Poy, Thermo Fisher Scientific

In the “Forensic Lab of the Future” we explore technologies that enable generation of more information from less of your precious sample and enable you to go from sample to answer faster.

To Book: 
Please email Daniel Power for more information and to secure your position in the workshop. 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Phone: + 61 408 359 176


21 - Efficient Phospholipid Removal Using Agilent Captiva EMR—Lipid Clean-up to Reduce Matrix Effects in LC/MS/MS Bioanalysis of Biological Fluids

Time: 1230 - 1300
Location: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Price $0.00
Facilitators: Ms Sarah Alexander, Agilent Technologies and Ms Katy Sandie

Phospholipids are abundant in biological fluids such as plasma and serum, and are widely acknowledged as a major source of matrix effects in LC/MS/MS analysis. The objective of this workshop is to introduce and explore the use of Captiva EMR- Lipid Clean-up in various biological matrices to reduce contamination, improve data integrity, improve method selectivity, and enhance analytical sensitivity using LC/MS/MS.                


WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER


22 - Measure Blood Alcohol Accurately and Reproducibly using GC Headspace Analysis

Time: 1230 - 1300
Location: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Price $0.00
Facilitators: Ms Sarah Alexander, Agilent Technologies and Mr Ben Davies

This workshop demonstrates an easy, effective and reproducible method for accurately measuring blood alcohol using GC headspace analysis.

 


FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER


 23 - Advanced Court Skills

Time: 0900 - 1100
Location: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Road, Perth
Price: $450.00
Facilitators: Mrs Anna Davey, Forensic Foundations, Prof Anne Wallace and Mr Anthony Eyers

Giving oral testimony in court is a skill, as important as the technical aspects of forensic practitioners’ role. 

This workshop is designed for forensic practitioners with some experience giving evidence and aims to familiarise the participants alternative forms of testimony (remote via video link and concurrent, also know colloquially as hot tubing). There will also be discussion and demonstration of some of the devices and techniques used during cross-examination and practices to respond to such devices and techniques. 

Participants will be given the opportunity of presenting evidence via video link and as part of a ‘hot tub’.