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NIST is closely monitoring guidance from Federal, State, and local health authorities on the outbreak of COVID-19. To protect the health and safety of NIST employees and the American public they continue to serve, NIST has decided to make the Forensics@ NIST 2020 virtual only. 
For more information on COVID-19, please visit:

*Updated* Join us virtually on Thursday November 5th and Friday November 6th, 2020 to learn how NIST scientists are using advanced methods in metrology, computer science and statistics to strengthen forensic science.

Topic Areas to be covered:

  • Drugs/Toxins
  • Statistical Methods in Forensic Science
  • Firearms and Tool Marks
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Trace    
  • Digital and Multimedia 


We will provide the opportunity for questions to be submitted to presenters and will be addressed in a virtual Q&A.

Stay tuned for finalized agenda and presentation abstracts coming soon! 

Please note: Optional workshops on November 6th have been canceled due to the transition to a Virtual format






Thursday November 5th, 2020


9:00 – 9:30                                          Introduction/Forensics OverviewRobert Ramotowski

9:30 – 10:30                                        StatisticsWill Guthrie

10:30 – 11:30                                       CSAFE Overview – TBD 


11:30 – 12:30 LUNCH BREAK


12:30 – 2:30                                       Forensic GeneticsPete Vallone

2:30 – 2:45 BREAK

2:45 – 4:45                                          Firearms and Associated ToolmarksJohannes Soons




Friday November 6th, 2020


9:00 – 9:15                                          Welcome & Recap of Previous Day Robert Ramotowski


9:15 – 11:15                                       Digital and Identification EvidenceBarbara Guttman


11:15  – 12:15  LUNCH BREAK


12:15 – 2:15                                       TraceMarcela Najarro


2:15 – 2:30 BREAK

2:30 – 4:30                                          Drugs/ToxinsMarcella Najarro

Created January 23, 2020, Updated July 14, 2020