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JUN 24 - 25 2020

HIDS Virtual Conference - Partnership in Criminal Justice

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from forensic scientists, practitioners, and criminal investigators during the 6th annual Human Identification Solutions (HIDS) conference as a virtual experience. With more than 40 speakers during several live sessions, this virtual edition of HIDS will enable delegates from  all over the world to interact and share their experience.

 

 

Join us during June 24th and 25th to experience HIDS Virtual Conference

HIDS Virtual will be a 24 hour event, including three live sessions across different timezones.

  • Session 1 June 24th (Europe-Middle East-Africa-India): London 9:00 AM / Paris 10:00 AM / Moscow 11:00 AM / Dubai 12:00 PM / New Delhi 1:30 PM
  • Session 2 June 24th (America): San Francisco 8:00 AM / Mexico 10:00 AM / New York 11:00 AM / Sao Paulo 12:00 PM
  • Session 3 June 25th (Asia-Pacific-China):  Beijing-Singapore 9:00 AM / Tokyo 10:00 AM / Melbourne 11:00 AM

 

 

 

During the HIDS Virtual Conference you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Attend any of the three live sessions, including Q&A. Following the opening remarks, a panel of speakers will discuss the impact of forensic DNA analysis on criminal justice and the importance of partnerships between investigators and forensic scientists in solving crimes faster.
  • Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs (GTH-GA) will announce the selected case in the 4th annual DNA Hit of the Year. We’ll hear stories of how forensic DNA evidence was used to find answers, identify suspects, and help make the world a safer place. During each of the live sessions, the selected case will be presented in detail.
  • The closing regional sessions will include presentations from experts who will share their use of DNA technologies and DNA databases in their jurisdictions. This session will include details on what applications have been used in case studies.
  • Each live session will last approximately 4 hours and will include two breaks for delegates to visit the other parts of the virtual HIDS experience:
    • Explore the Applications Hall and its many specialty content.
    • Visit our Virtual Exhibition where you’ll be able to review the latest Thermo Fisher Scientific forensic genetics products and solutions.
    • Meet with our technical experts at the Networking Hall for interactive Q&A sessions. 
    • Review the Poster Hall for the latest advances in forensic genetics.

Speakers
  • Director of Research and Development Department at General Department of Forensic Sciences and Criminology, Dubai Police
  • Executive Director of the National Criminal Justice Association, National Criminal Justice Association, US
  • Professor, University of Central Florida, US
  • Senior Technical Applications Scientist, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
  • Executive Director, Institute of Applied Genetics at the University of North Texas, US
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut fûr Rechtsmedizin LMU, Munich
  • Director of Public Safety, Bensalem Township Police Department, US
  • Supervising Criminalist | DNA Technical Leader, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, US
  • Chair, Forensic Sciences, Flinders University, Australia
  • Founder and Executive Director, The DNA Project, South Africa
  • Associate Professor, Institue of legal Medicine, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Senior Scientist, Forensic and Scientific Services, Queensland Health, Australia
  • President Gordon Thomas Honeywell, Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, US
  • Founder, DNA Saves, US
  • Sacramento County District Attorney, Sacramento County District Attorney, US
  • Superintendent, Korps Nationale Politie, The Netherlands

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(CET - Paris)
Timing
(BST - London)
Session 1 June 24th  (Europe-Middle East-Africa-India)
Start time: London 9 AM / Paris 10 AM / Moscow 11 AM / Dubai 12 PM / New Delhi 1:30 PM
9:00-10:00 8:00-9:00 Doors Open for Delegates to Access HIDS virtual 1 hour before the start
10:00-10:35 9:00-9:35 Real Life Stories: why is forensic DNA critical for criminal justice? - 35 min
Every minute that a crime remains unsolved is time for someone else to become a victim. We'll hear from the people responsible from solving crime and learn how they are working together to speed up this process.

Vanessa Lynch, Founder and Executive Director, The DNA Project, South Africa - Victim Advocate
Klaas Vervloet, Superintendent, Korps Nationale Politie, The Netherlands - Investigator
Mark Smith, Supervising Forensic Scientist, Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory, U.S.  - Forensic Lab Supervisor

 

10:35-11:00 9:35-10:00 Break: opportunity to explore the HIDS virtual halls  - 25 min
11:00-11:50 10:00-10:50 Panel Discussion: how can we maximize the impact of forensic DNA? - 50 min
Moderator:
Prof. Walther Parson, Associate Professor, Institue of legal Medicine, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria
Victim Advocate:
Vanessa Lynch, Founder and Executive Director, The DNA Project, South Africa
Investigators:
Klaas Vervloet, Superintendent, Korps Nationale Politie, The Netherlands
Stephanie van Zoelen, Korps Nationale Politie, The Netherlands
Forensic Expert:
Ten. Col. Sylvain Hubac, French Gendarmerie, Paris, France
Legal Expert:
Chris Asplen, Executive Director of the National Criminal Justice Association, National Criminal Justice Association, US
11:50-12:00 10:50-11:00 Short Break  - 10 min
12:00-12:50 11:00-11:50 Announcement of the 4th DNA Hit of the Year - 50 min session

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Tim Schellberg, President, Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, US

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Arabic Session
Chairman: Dr.  Rashed Alghafri, Director of Research and Development Department at General Department of Forensic Sciences and Criminology, Dubai Police
Solving the unsolvable? The molecular identi-kit - validation of a custom Ion AmpliSeq Panel combining ancestry-informative autosomal and Y- chromosomal SNPs with phenotype prediction
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Greetings and Introduction to the Arabic Speaking Session at HIDS 2020.

Advances in forensic technologies as they apply to the Arabic world: YSTRs, NGS, Mix Analysis, Rapid and Automation

Dr. Rashed Alghafri, Director of Research and Development Department at General Department of Forensic Sciences and Criminology, Dubai Police

When new technology meets small realities: implementation of the Applied Biosystems™ SeqStudio™  HID Genetic Analyzer in the forensic lab
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The effect of consanguineous marriages in solving DNA cases                                                   
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Applications of the Applied Biosystems™ RapidHIT™ ID sytem. Current results and application examples.
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Agenda: Americas

Timing
(PDT - San Francisco)
Session 2 June 24th (Americas)
Start time: San Francisco 8 AM / Mexico 10 AM/ New York 11 AM / Sao Paulo 12 PM 
7:00-8:00 Doors Open for Delegates to Access HIDS virtual 1 hour before the start
8:00-8:35 Real Life Stories: why is forensic DNA critical for criminal justice? - 35 min
Every minute that a crime remains unsolved is time for someone else to become a victim. We'll hear from the people responsible from solving crime and learn how they are working together to speed up this process.

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Klaas Vervloet, Superintendent, Korps Nationale Politie, The Netherlands - Investigator
Mark Smith, Supervising Forensic Scientist, Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory, US  - Forensic Lab Supervisor

 

8:35-9:00 Break: opportunity to visit the other HIDS virtual content  - 20 min
9:00-9:50 Panel Discussion: how can we maximize the impact of forensic DNA? - 50 min
Moderator:
Jack Ballanyne, PhD
Professor, University of Central Florida
Victim Advocate:
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Forensic Expert:
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Legal Expert:
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18:00 Start of Session 3 (APJ-China)

Agenda: APJ-CN

Timing
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Session 3 June 25th (Asia-Pacific-China)
Start Time: Beijing-Singapore 9 AM / Tokyo 10 AM / Melbourne11 AM
8:00-9:00 Doors Open for Delegates to Access HIDS virtual 1 hour before the start
9:00-9:35 Real Life Stories: why is forensic DNA critical for criminal justice? - 35 min
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Vanessa Lynch, Founder and Executive Director, The DNA Project, South Africa - Victim Advocate
Klaas Vervloet, Superintendent, Korps Nationale Politie, The Netherlands - Investigator
Mark Smith, Supervising Forensic Scientist, Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory, US  - Forensic Lab Supervisor

9:35-10:00 Break: opportunity to visit the other HIDS virtual content  - 25 min
10:00-10:50 Panel Discussion: how can we maximize the impact of forensic DNA? - 50 min
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Bruce Budowle
Executive Director, Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas, US
Lorna Santos
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Portia Loh
Director, Forensics Centre of Expertise,  Home Team Science and Technology Agency (HTX), Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore

Simon Lim
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Jeanette Wallin
Criminalist Supervisor, California Department of Justice, Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory
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Tim Schellberg
President, Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, US
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Speakers

  • Rashed Alghafri
    Director of Research and Development Department at General Department of Forensic Sciences and Criminology, Dubai Police
  • Chris Asplen
    Executive Director of the National Criminal Justice Association, National Criminal Justice Association, US
  • Jack Ballantyne
    Professor, University of Central Florida, US
  • Jaime Brachold
    Senior Technical Applications Scientist, Thermo Fisher Scientific, US
  • Bruce Budowle
    Executive Director, Institute of Applied Genetics at the University of North Texas, US
  • Marta Diepenbroek
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut fûr Rechtsmedizin LMU, Munich
  • Fred Harran
    Director of Public Safety, Bensalem Township Police Department, US
  • Dave Jackson
    Supervising Criminalist | DNA Technical Leader, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, US
  • Adrian Linacre
    Chair, Forensic Sciences, Flinders University, Australia
    Biography
      I graduated with a 2.1 honours degree in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh in 1984 and then completed a PhD (D.Phil.) in Molecular Genetics from Sussex University in 1988. I was employed as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sussex from 1988 to 1994 before taking up a lectureship in Forensic Science, University of Strathclyde from 1994. In 2010 I became the inaugural South Australia Justice Chair in Forensic Science & Emerging DNA Technology at Flinders University. I have published over 160 publications in international peer reviewed journals and am co-author of the text books 'An Introduction to Forensic Genetics', 'Wildlife DNA Analysis'. I am Associate Editor of the journal 'Forensic Science International: Genetics', and on the editorial board of 'Forensic Science Medicine & Pathology', and the 'Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences'. I have authored over 500 Court Reports or Witness Statements. I was President of the of 25th Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG) in Melbourne 2013. I am currently the President of the Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society and Vice-president of the International Association of Forensic Sciences. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
    • Vanessa Lynch
      Founder and Executive Director, The DNA Project, South Africa
    • Walther Parson
      Associate Professor, Institue of legal Medicine, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria
    • Luke Ryan
      Senior Scientist, Forensic and Scientific Services, Queensland Health, Australia
    • Tim Schellberg
      President Gordon Thomas Honeywell, Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, US
    • Jayann Sepich
      Founder, DNA Saves, US
    • Annie Marie Shubert
      Sacramento County District Attorney, Sacramento County District Attorney, US
    • Klaas Vervloet
      Superintendent, Korps Nationale Politie, The Netherlands
    About HIDS

    The Human Identification Solutions Conference (HIDS) is an annual forensic genetics scientific conference hosted by Thermo Fisher Scientific since 2015. This yearly event is tailored for forensic scientists, practitioners, and criminal investigators in the criminal justice community from all over the world. HIDS is a forum for this community to meet, network and share best practices, while learning about the latest developments and trends on forensic genetics technology and its ethical aspects, DNA databases, legislation and the application of DNA in criminal investigations, to help make the world safer.

    This year, we expect more than 40 speakers, encompassing all the key segments implicated in the use of DNA in criminal justice (victims, investigators, scientists and legal experts) and also all application areas ranging from traditional forensic workflows to newly emerging technologies and applications of DNA, including those used to pursue investigative leads.

     

    Review our past HIDS editions:

    HIDS Kobe 2019 – Japan

    HIDS Rome 2018 – Italy

    HIDS Vienna 2017 - Austria

    HIDS Barcelona 2016 - Spain

     

    More details of past HIDS at thermofisher.com/hids

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