Essentials of forensic interpretation
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Essentials of DNA interpretation
Essentials of Bayesian networks in forensic science
Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence
Target audiencePractitioners of all forensic disciplines - including reporting officers, lawyers, accreditation bodies - having a University degree (at least BSc) or an equivalent degree of a higher education programme. The course is given in English. For exercises, discussions and one-to-one tutorials, English, German or French are available as further languages.
Given by recognized specialists in the field, this online course covers the essentials of forensic interpretation applied to the solution of inferential problems in forensic science and in the administration of justice. It is designed to make practitioners at ease with a probabilistic approach to the evaluation and interpretation of forensic findings. The content focuses on the so-called likelihood ratio, a measure that is supported by the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes and the UK’s Association of Forensic Science Providers due to its qualities such as coherency and transparency. The course is based on research that has been described as providing the essential building blocks for the proper assessment, understanding and communication of findings in the NAS report "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward".
The course lasts 6 months with a workload per week of 3 hours on the online platform and 1.5 to 2 hours of personal work (in total around 150 hours training).
The course team also offers further online short courses for practitioners who wish to specialize in DNA interpretation , or Bayesian networks.
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 (around 470 hours, 18 months in total).
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.
Course venueOnline course
RegistrationApply online. A current curriculum vitae is to be uploaded through our online application system.
Course fee *3’500.- Swiss Francs
* based on the price of the last edition
Contact for administrative questionsMs. Mary-Claire André Mollet
mary-claire.andremollet [a] unil[.]ch
Alumni testimonials« Since completing your 2014 Essentials of Forensic Interpretation course, I have personally promoted it at every appropriate opportunity. Essentials of Forensic Interpretation is a great course and I have professionally benefited so much from it. » Charles Eggleston
« This is a superb course and I will continue to recommend it to others. It has helped me enormously and has really clarified my thinking about effective interpretation and communication. I will miss working with you and would certainly be interested in further study on your courses. » Paul Olden, Forensic Scientist (Firearms), Key Forensic Services, UK.
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