From May 30 to June 3, 2022, in Stockholm (Sweden) was the 9th conference of the European Academy of Forensic Science EAFS 2022 under the slogan “Together for a Safer World”. The EAFS is organized every three years and brings together all the world’s leading experts in forensics.
This year, the large-scale event brought together more than 1,100 participants from all the world’s leading forensic institutions and took place in Stockholm’s largest hall, the City Conference Centre. EAFS 2022 was organized by the National Center for Forensic Science (NFC), a department of the Swedish Police, under the auspices of the European Network of Forensic Institutions (ENFSI).
The purpose of this conference is to identify the development of the forensic community, which reflects the needs of law enforcement agencies in the fight against organized crime and terrorism, as well as highlight new areas of crime. The conference program includes such topics as the digital transformation of the forensic process, forensic databases, the human factor in forensic science, forensic social responsibility and innovative forensic technologies, and more. In addition to the scientific program, traditionally during the conference, there are poster presentations of participants and exhibitions of representatives of advanced technologies in the field of criminology.
This year, for the first time, the conference was attended by Oleksandr Shmereho, the expert of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Head of the Department of Life Safety, Fire and Electrical and Engineering Research. He made a presentation on “Manufacture of devices for arson and evaluation of their effectiveness”. Nataliia Nestor, Deputy Director of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, also presented her report. It should be noted that Nataliia Nestor was the only representative of the Ukrainian expert community at the 8th EAFS 2018 held in Lyon (France) as well.
During this year’s EAFS 2022 conference, Nataliia Nestor also held several meetings and talks, including with the Chair of AAFS (USA).
“Together for a Safer World” became the motto of this year’s conference and became even more relevant after the serious situation with the pandemic and geopolitical changes in which humanity now finds itself, due to the infamous events taking place in Ukraine. The slogan was chosen to emphasize the importance of co-operation in the field of forensics and forensics and to respond accordingly to the future expectations of the judiciary. And, as practice shows, conferences of this scale are a great opportunity to share knowledge, experience and skills for all stakeholders involved in forensics.