Ongoing Education Opportunity-University of Lausanne

Please see the below message from The University of Lausanne School of Criminal Justice in relation to their on-going education in Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence (SEFE). These courses are offered online.

Dear Colleague
Please find below information on our courses that will take place in 2017. The courses necessitate no per-requisites in statistics and are tailored for forensic scientists. They are meant to be practical and help you in your daily work. You will benefit from personal feedback and will be able for example to work on your own casework.

You will find below the dates of the courses, as well as some feedback from our students.

– Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in
Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence
From March 2017 to September 2018 (around 470 hours training, 20 ECTS).
To further develop practioners’ skills in managing forensic interpretation issues from case reception to court (latest statistical methods, Bayesian networks, efficient communication of results, practical inferential problems solving, Standard Operating Procedures development, etc). For more information.

– Essentials of DNA Interpretation – short course
From March 2017 to October 2017 (around 150 hours training, 5 ECTS).
To enable practioners to assess their results given sub-source level propositions and to explain their reasoning in court.
This courses will enable you to feel at ease with expert debate and literature on topics such as low template DNA and mixtures . For more information.

Example of testimonials:
” I have found the material of the course (Certificate of Advanced Studies) to be excellent. As well as providing a good solid foundation for LR theory it has really got me thinking about how I can be the most helpful to the court. It outlines an approach for considering problems within a logical framework and uses real-world cases (or you can use you own cases) to apply the theory. I find myself looking at many aspects of casework, and in particular the questioning I receive from lawyers and police in a new light. ”

” The Essentials of DNA interpretation course gives an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of DNA interpretation, covering areas which include probabilistic and statistical reasoning, population genetics, mixture analysis, low template DNA, Mt DNA, ySTR, familial and database searching as well as real case studies highlighting issues encountered in court. The course is interactive and is delivered by recognized experts in the area who were very accessible throughout. I would recommend this course to practitioners in the area as a means of updating their knowledge in evaluation and interpretation of DNA evidence.”