Sciences

The primary objective of the School is to provide training in Criminalistics, with the principal focus on DNA identification analysis, to students and professionals from different fields who aspire to become proficient in the latest developments of forensic science.

Technologies

Specific sessions will be dedicated to the crime scene, mixture interpretation, low template DNA, haploid markers, statistical analysis, future advancements of technology and ancient DNA analysis and its probable applications in forensic anthropology.

Tools

A practical workshop entitled “Application of open-source software LRmix Studio to analyse complex DNA profiles” will be also provide the opportunity for participants to analyse their own challenging case examples. The aim is to furnish participants with sufficient information and training so that they are able to run the software in their own laboratory.

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Courses

The program will include also practical Laboratories on Forensic Biology and Anthropology and seminars in Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Toxicology. 

Through a combination of theory, discussion of real casework and tutorials, participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the challenging complexities of crime scene investigation.

Through scholarly courses and high-quality interactive presentations, the program will provide a strong foundation in the biological and physical sciences as used in the collection, analysis and interpretation of evidence.

Lecturers and teachers will include distinguished professors from Italian, German, Denmark, Spanish and Netherlands universities, as well as Members of Carabinieri Force (RIS -Reparto Indagini scientifiche) and Scientific Police of the  Minister of Interior of Italy.

Aims of the school

  1. to introduce participants to forensic genetics
  2. to show how complex the field is when DNA and genetics can be utilised in a criminal investigation
  3. to introduce participants to different trials where genetics has been used to solve crimes
  4. to help participants become aware of how genetics has changed over the years and the effects that this has had on forensic investigation, looking also at how future advances in forensic genetics might affect future criminals investigations

Program

The ambitious scope of the present Summer School programme is unique in that it shares aspects of professional education in all the main and emerging topics relevant to courtroom debates. A strong emphasis is placed on the vocational aspects of the subject and the development of the key basic skills of forensic science. The programme has been specifically designed with five modules to equip students with the necessary theoretical and practical experience to become proficient on forensic science. All the relevant topics will be presented by very prominent scientists in their field. Almost all the speakers are forensic experts and they will also discuss real casework for each specific topic.
Participants will have also the opportunity to develop a practical approach and discover the opportunities offered by this scientific career.
Participants will receive up to date information and direct contact with experts in their fields.
The sessions “Open Seminars” are designed to offer opportunity of professional development especially to Officers of the Italian Courts and criminal justice professionals, and will let participants come in contact with these prominent persons.
On the last Friday of each module, there will be a group dinner with the speakers, in such a way that participants can socialize with them and all others involved in the course.
This is an excellent opportunity to expand your professional network and stay in touch with world-leading experts and lecturers in forensic genetics.

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