Keynote Speakers

Dr Gail S. Anderson,
Forensic Taphonomy & Entomology

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Dr. Gail S. Anderson is a Professor in the School of Criminology and the Co-Director of the Centre for Forensic Research at Simon Fraser University. She holds a Burnaby Mountain Endowed Professorship at SFU. She is a forensic entomology consultant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Municipal Police across Canada as well as the SPCA and Wildlife Enforcement.  She has been analyzing forensic entomology cases since 1988, and has testified as an expert witness in court many times.  Her work has been featured in numerous television programs. Anderson was a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award and a YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Science and Technology, and the SFU Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award. She was listed in TIME magazine as one of the top five global innovators in the world, this century, in the field of Criminal Justice in 2001 (the only Canadian listed) and as one of the Leaders for the 21st Century by TIME Magazine in 1999. She was awarded the Derome Award in 2001; the most prestigious award the Canadian Society of Forensic Science (CSFS) bestows -for “outstanding contributions to the field of forensic science”. She is a past President of the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences, North American Forensic Entomology Association, and the BC Entomological Society as well as a past Chair of the American Board of Forensic Entomology and is presently President of the Entomological Society of Canada. She was listed as one of the 100 most Influential Women in British Columbia by the Vancouver Sun in 2010, received a Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence in 2014, and in 2015 was listed as one of the 6 most influential scientists in BC by the Vancouver Sun. In 2017, she was awarded the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Pathology Biology Section Award for Achievement in the Life Sciences.

Dr Alison Brough,
Anthropology & Archaeology

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Dr Alison Brough is a Forensic Anthropology reporting scientist working at Cellmark Forensic Services, where she is actively involved in UK forensic casework. Alison gained a first class honors degree in Forensic Anthropology from the University of Dundee and a PhD from the University of Leicester, before taking up a postdoctoral position with the East Midlands forensic Pathology Unit, Leicester, UK.  In this post, Alison’s research focused primarily on how Post Mortem Computed Tomography (PMCT) can be used to enhance an anthropological examination and the results of this research have demonstrated the considerable benefits that incorporating PMCT into casework has for the non-destructive analyses of bone. Alison recently gained Forensic Anthropology Level 2 (FAII) accreditation from the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI). She also holds a fellowship with the RAI and is an active member of the International Society of forensic Radiology and Imaging (ISFRI), British Association of Forensic Human Identification (BAHID), and British Association of Forensic Anthropology (BAFA).

 

Prof Roger Byard,
Forensic Pathology

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Professor Roger Byard AO PSM is Chair of Pathology at the University of Adelaide, and has a specific interest in sudden paediatric death publishing over 800 papers, 111 chapters and a number of texts. He was awarded the Public Service Medal for “outstanding service to paediatric pathology”, and became an Officer in the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to medicine in the field of forensic pathology”. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award from the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal/ Infant Death and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science. He is an Expert with the International Criminal Court and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. He received the John Harbor Philips award from ANZPAA/NIFS for “outstanding achievement and excellence in the advancement of the forensic sciences in Australia and New Zealand.”

Prof Ilkka Ojanperä,
Toxicology & Pharmacology

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Dr. Ilkka Ojanperä is Professor of Forensic Toxicology (2011-) and Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine (2015-), University of Helsinki; and Chief Specialist, Forensic Toxicology Unit, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (2016-). His current research program focuses on the interpretation and epidemiology of drug abuse and poisoning. Ojanperä has directly supervised the research of twelve postgraduate students. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and presented frequently at national and international meetings. He was a Partner in two EU funded research projects on synthetic cannabinoids and other NPS, and served as a Short-term Expert in EU development projects in Turkey and Kosovo. He has acted as an expert witness in criminal cases in the court of justice. Ojanperä is the Chairman of the Finnish Association of Forensic Medicine, the past Secretary and Treasurer of TIAFT and constantly the Regional Representative of TIAFT in Finland.

Prof Eoghan Casey,
Digital Forensic Science & Electronic Evidence

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Eoghan Casey is professor of Digital Forensic Science and Investigation at the University of Lausanne School of Criminal Justice, where he teaches, conducts research, and performs case work. He is also a partner of Digital Forensics Solutions, where he performs research and development related to digital forensics and cybersecurity. For nearly two decades, he has dedicated himself to advancing the practices of digital forensic science and data breach investigation. In his former role as Chief Scientist of the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), which houses one of the largest accredited digital forensic laboratories in the world, Eoghan Casey prioritized research and development across multiple organizational units, and provided strategic and technical guidance to navigate evolving challenges in digital forensic science and data breach investigation. Eoghan Casey has consulted with many attorneys, agencies, and police departments in the United States, South America, and Europe on a wide range of digital investigations, including fraud, violent crimes, identity theft, and on-line criminal activity. Eoghan Casey has helped organizations investigate and manage security breaches, including network intrusions with international scope. He has delivered expert testimony in civil and criminal cases, and has submitted expert reports and prepared trial exhibits for computer forensic and cyber-crime cases. He wrote the foundational book Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, now in its third edition, and he created advanced smartphone forensics courses taught worldwide. He has also coauthored several advanced technical books including Malware Forensics, and the Handbook of Digital Forensics and Investigation. Since 2004, he has been Editor-in-Chief of Digital Investigation: The International Journal of Digital Forensics & Incident Response, publishing cutting edge work by and for practitioners and researchers. He was nominated as CASE Presiding Director to lead development of an international standard for sharing cyber-investigation traces. He serves on the Digital Forensic Research Workshop (DFRWS) Board of Directors and helps organize biannual digital forensic research conferences, and is establishing the first DFRWS APAC 2020 conference in Sydney. He also contributes to forensic science definitions, guidelines, and standards as Executive Secretary of the Digital/Multimedia Scientific Area Committee (DMSAC) of the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).

 

Prof Christophe Champod,
Fingerprint Evidence & Biometrics

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Christophe Champod received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. both in Forensic Science from the University of Lausanne. From 1999 to 2003, he led the Interpretation Research Group of the Forensic Science Service (UK), before taking a full professorship position at the School of Criminal Justice (ESC) of the University of Lausanne. He is in charge of education and research on identification methods and maintains an activity as an expert witness in these areas. He is also operational manager of the ISO/SEC 17025 accredited forensic laboratory of the ESC. He is a steering committee member for the International Fingerprint Research Group (IFRG) and an invited member of Friction Ridge subcommittee of the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). His research is devoted to the inferential aspects associated with forensic identification techniques. The value to be attached to forensic evidence is at the core of his interests.

Dr Tania Delabarde,
Anthropology & Archaeology

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Dr Tania Delabarde (MS, PhD) graduated from the Universities of Talence and Paris I la Sorbonne and is now the forensic anthropologist at the Institute of Legal Medicine, Paris, France where she has worked since 2013 and is in charge of coordinating the identification of unidentified bodies and human remains. Tania has extensive forensic anthropology case work experience having worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) (2001); the Peruvian Team of Forensic Anthropology (2002), the Office of Missing Persons in Kosovo (2002-2006) and the French Institute of Andean Studies, Peru (2006-2010). Since 2011 Tania has also undertaken consultancies for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) working in the Ivory Coast, Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In addition to co-authoring the first book on Forensic Anthropology in France (2014), Tania has a range of peer reviewed journal publications. Tania’s research focuses on skeletal markers for identification and histological analysis of bone lesions with the CNRS research team BABEL FRE2029.

Senior Sergeant Scott Harris,
Crime Scene Investigation

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Scott Harris is currently the Officer in Charge of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Disaster Victim Identification (CBR/DVI) Unit of the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department. The Unit responds to DVI incidents, CBR incidents and is involved in processing Clandestine Laboratory Scenes. Scott holds a Graduate Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation and  is accredited by the Australasian Forensic Science Assessment Body as an Expert in Crime Scene Investigation. Scott regularly co-ordinates and supervises the forensic response to major and complex crime scenes within Victoria and been involved in many high-profile forensic investigations within the Victorian jurisdiction. Scott has significant experience in developing and delivering forensic training, and is the current Chair of the ANZPAA NIFS Crime Scene Proficiency Advisory Committee. Scott has presented at various symposiums and in 2016 he received the award for best oral presentation in the Crime Scene Investigation stream at Auckland ANZFSS symposium for his presentation “Burglars don’t kill babies” which explored human factors and contextual bias during crime scene examinations.

Prof Thomas Kraemer,
Toxicology & Pharmacology

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Thomas Kraemer is Professor for Forensic Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich. He is Deputy Director of the Zurich Institute of Forensic Medicine (University of Zurich) and Head of the Department of Forensic Pharmacology and Toxicology (FPT). The FPT is a center of applied rather than fundamental research. It has its main research focus on development and validation of new bioanalytical methods (e.g. new screening strategies using novel MSall techniques e.g. SWATH acquisition); high-resolution MS; MALDI-MSI), metabolism studies, interaction studies, postmortem toxicology, elucidation of incorporation mechanisms of xenobiotics in alternative matrices such as hair or nails and use of metabolomics/proteomics and deep learning in forensics. Professor Kraemer is also interested in development of new procedures for the assessment of driving ability or recognition of drug effects. He is author or co-author of over 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts and gives invited talks all over the world.

Prof Cyril Muehlethaler,
Chemical Criminalistics

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Cyril Muehlethaler holds a PhD in forensic science from the School of Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Since 2017, he is Professor in the Forensic Science program of the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Canada. His research interests are in Microtraces, Advanced spectroscopic methods, and Chemometrics.