Nataliia Nestor, Deputy Director of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, presented the institution during the 8th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference 2018, which was held on August 27-31, 2018 in Lyon, France.

The scientific conference is held under the auspices of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) every three years since 1997. Previous conferences were held in Lausanne (1997), Krakow (2000), Istanbul (2003), Helsinki (2006), Glasgow (2009), The Hague (2012) and Prague (2015).

The current conference gathered more than 800 participants from 57 countries, including the leading countries of the EU, the USA, Australia, Japan, China, etc.

Ukraine was represented by the only institution of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.

The Conference covered the following topics:

  • development of forensic expert activity on combating terrorism;
  • fingerprinting (differences between latent fingerprint experts, as evidenced by observations, the impact of design and circulation on fingerprint detection from polymer bills, research into factors that affect fingerprint detection);
  • toxicology and road safety (road safety and fluid testing: over 7000 cases processed by the National Institute of Scientific Police (INPS); analysis of blood ethyl glucoronide to determine the phase of absorption or elimination of alcohol for South Korea);
  • investigation of crime scene (virtual reality for visualizing crime scenes; ambiguity of shoes forming reference samples in blood on the ground of a crime);
  • explosives (help in vocational training that is used for dogs that detect explosives);
  • research on narcotic and psychotropic substances (new psychoactive substances: the challenges for the forensic community, drug identification and quantification in seized materials and urine samples without primary reference standards), etc.

In general, during the sessions of individual workshops, over 150 reports of the world’s leading criminologists were presented in various areas of expert research.

During the conference participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the Headquarters of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), which is located in the city of Lyon.

Nataliia Nestor, Deputy Director of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, noted the high level of organization of the European Academy of Forensic Science Conference in 2018 and attention to topical issues of forensic science, as well as substantive practical parts of the participants’ reports.

Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise will continue to develop active international cooperation in order to introduce the best world achievements in the practice of forensic institutions of the Ministry of Justice Ukraine.