From November 8 to 10, 2022, the 20th Interpol International Forensic Science Managers Symposium was held in Lyon (France).
Nataliia Nestor, Deputy Director of the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, the only representative from Ukraine, took part in the work of the Interpol symposium and presented a report on the topic “Forensic challenges faced by experts in Ukraine during forensic examinations”. During her speech, Nataliia Nestor noted that forensic experts are currently performing very important work, recording and establishing evidence of crimes of russian aggression. Forensic experts during the eight months of the war have accumulated enormous experience, which today no other country has in terms of the number of examinations conducted. However, difficulties often arise in the work of forensic experts, which can only be overcome by uniting the efforts of the entire community of forensic experts both at the European and global levels.
Nataliia Nestor held a meeting with the leadership of Interpol, asking for help for Ukrainian experts and Ukraine on the issue of justice and justice for the crimes committed by the russian federation. Nataliia Nestor also asked questions about the procedure for excluding russia from Interpol.
This important forum, held every three years, brings together the heads of the world’s leading expert laboratories to discuss the achievements and prospects for the development of forensic science.
The symposium lasts three days and includes different types of sessions, namely, poster presentations, thematic seminars, reviews of scientific innovations, panel discussions, and question-and-answer sessions.
Traditionally, this year the general agenda included the following thematic blocks:
- Chemical forensics, research of materials, substances, and products;
- Research of narcotic and toxicological substances;
- Electronic evidence, audio recording research, and computer forensics;
- Identification and tracing studies.