2021 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium

2021 NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium


The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) assisted the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in hosting the annual NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium on February 16, 2021 from 10:00 AM Eastern to 5:40 PM Eastern.

NIJ and the FTCoE are committed to improving the practice of forensic science and strengthening its impact through support of research and development, rigorous technology evaluation and adoption, effective knowledge transfer and education, and comprehensive dissemination of best practices and guidelines to agencies dedicated to combating crime. Advancements within forensic science necessitate a forum to spread information and awareness.

During the R&D Symposium, researchers and practitioners met to discuss, discover, and share new approaches and applications to increase the impact of forensic science and elevate its status. The R&D Symposium is specifically designed to bring together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing with the goal of moving research from theory to practice.

This year's event was completely virtual. Participants had access to a virtual poster session and were able to choose freely between two concurrent presentation tracks. Those who register for the symposium automatically gained access to the virtual poster session as well.

Archived Event

The Forensic Science R&D Symposium was recorded live and turned into an archive for anyone interested in learning more about NIJ's research portfolio. The archival version of the Symposium is available now! Click the buttons below to access all of the event's content.

Symposium Proceedings

The R&D Symposium published proceedings can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Poster Session

This year's event was completely virtual. Participants who have registered can access to the virtual poster session now.

The poster session was divided into the following categories:

  • Seized Drugs and Toxicology
  • Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Pathology
  • Impression and Pattern Evidence/Trace Evidence
  • Forensic Biology/DNA

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence event was provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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