Essentials of forensic interpretation
March to September 2019
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Practitioners 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.
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).
- Provide practitioners with a theoretical and practical background in probabilistic and statistical reasoning without leaving their desk (online course).
Be able to apply the likelihood ratio approach when data are scarce.
Help practitioners explain their reasoning in Court and feel at ease with expert debate and the published literature on interpretation.
Have specialized and up-to-date knowledge in the field of forensic interpretation and evaluation of forensic results.
Acquire a good knowledge of probabilistic reasoning and elements of Bayesian networks in forensic science.
Understand the principles of interpretation and the use of propositions at different levels (hierarchy of propositions).
Acquire skills in written communication of uncertainty.
Identify the importance of pre-assessment.
- Uncertainty in forensic science
- Nature of probability
- First reflections on forensic interpretation of scientific findings (concepts of uniqueness and individualisation)
- Evaluation of forensic findings with a logical approach
- Communication of results, relevant populations and pitfalls of intuition
- Introduction to a choice of specialized topic (fingermarks, Bayesian networks, transfer material such as fibers, glass, GSR etc.).
- Professor Christophe Champod
- Professor Franco Taroni
- Professor Alex Biedermann
- Dr Tacha Hicks
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.
- Prof. Colin Aitken, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Ian Evett, United Kingdom
Certificate of attendance, 5 ECTS
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Apply 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 questions
Ms. Mary-Claire André Mollet
« 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.