Advanced DNA interpretation

 
Formation Continue Unil-EPFL
Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration, University of Lausanne, Switzerland Programme coordination For academic questions: sefe@unil.ch

LocationLausanne, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland
CategoryLife Sciences
Criminology / Forensics
typeCAS
Deadline3 September 2021

Given activity level propositions

Online course – October 2021 to November 2022

Target audience

DNA reporting officers with experience in writing statements given sub-source level propositions. Participants are expected to have a good theoretical and practical background in probabilistic reasoning, as well as up-to-date knowledge in the field of evaluation of DNA profile comparisons.

Introduction

This advanced online course focuses on how to assess biological results given activity level propositions in order to promote a safe administration of justice. It is designed to train practitioners in the most up-to-date approaches to the evaluation of biological results. The content is based on the use of likelihood ratios, an approach that is supported by the International Society of Forensic Genetics, and a variety of reference documents, guidance notes and standards, across jurisdictions.

The course relies on the use of Bayesian networks (BN) for the probabilistic evaluation of biological results, when the issue regards not so much the source of the DNA, but the activities from which it resulted.

The course team also offers two other online short courses: Essentials of DNA interpretation , a first approach of DNA interpretation, and Essentials of forensic interpretation . In addition to these short courses, a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence is proposed to forensic practitioners willing to acquire a comprehensive training.

Have specialized and up-to-date knowledge in the field of evaluation of forensic biological results when accounting for transfer, persistence, recovery and prevalence of biological trace material

Program

1. REVISITING UNCERTAINTY IN FORENSIC SCIENCE AND PROBABILISTIC INFERENCE

2. EVALUATION USING BAYESIAN NETWORKS (BNs): GENERAL ASPECTS AND SOFTWARE FUNCTIONALITIES

5. EVALUATION OF TRACES RECOVERED ON A VICTIM OR A CRIME SCENE

8. CASE STUDIES

Instructors

The instructors have theoretical and practical experience with evaluation and interpretation from laboratory to courtroom. They have published over the years numerous scholarly papers and textbooks on the subjects of evaluation and statistics in forensic science.

Practical information

Course venue

Online course

Dates and schedule

The course is offered on a yearly basis. Spread over 13 months, this 150-hour course represents an average workload of 4 hours per week. Holidays and breaks are included, to offer flexibility.

Registration

Fill in the online registration form and upload your CV and copies of your diplomas online.

Course fee

4,500.- Swiss Francs (including a time-limited version of a Bayesian networks software)

Registration deadline

September 3, 2021

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