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Welcome from the Organizers


When you hear the names of exonerated defendants Todd Willingham,
Brandon Mayfield, and Earl Washington – what is your first reaction?
When you hear the names of discredited forensic scientists Fred Zain, Joyce Gilchrist, and Annie Dookhan – what do you think about?

World class forensic science solves millions of criminal cases but the publicity is paled by the press coverage accusing crime labs make mistakes. Forensic science error is a term that means a lot of different things to different people.

On behalf of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its partners, we are announcing the first-ever international symposium devoted exclusively to the topic of forensic science error management. Join us in Arlington, VA, July 20-24, 2015 for the "International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management – Detection, Measurement and Mitigation". Speakers, panels and posters addressing the ways to detect, measure, and mitigate forensic science errors will open dialog about these taboo topics. The symposium promises to be an eye-opening candid appraisal of root causes and possible solutions to help identify and reduce forensic science errors.

The technical program will cover eight tracks. Each track will consist of plenary lectures, poster sessions, and panel discussions.

  • death investigation
  • crime scene investigation
  • human factors
  • criminalistics
  • digital evidence
  • legal factors
  • quality assurance
  • laboratory management.

Registration will be available onsite at $178 and the home page of the symposium is HERE.


Created November 19, 2014, Updated August 25, 2016