The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) will assist the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in hosting the annual NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium on February 18th, 2020 from 8:30am – 5:10pm PST at the 72nd Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting in Anaheim, CA. The R&D Symposium will take place at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Pacific Ballroom C.

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.

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

The NIJ Forensic Science R&D Symposium is an open meeting where attendees can learn about NIJ-funded research across a variety of forensic science areas. AAFS meeting registration is not necessary. Feel free to stop by and listen to specific presentations, or stay all day and learn about the diverse NIJ forensic science R&D portfolio.



To register to attend the event in Anaheim, please use the link below.

In Person Registration

To register to attend the event remotely, please use the link below.

Online Registration


Morning Session I: Forensic Biology/DNA

Presentation Topics:
Efficient Sequencing and Analysis of Degraded and Trace DNA Samples Using a Novel Targeted Ligation-Free Method
Microhaplotypes: Moving Scientific Research to a Forensic Casework Panel
DNA Typing Strategies via Real-Time Nanopore Sequencing for Forensic Analyses
Development of Entire Mitogenome Reference Data Using an Automated High Throughput Sequencing Workflow

Morning Session II: Seized Drugs and Toxicology

Presentation Topics:
The Detection and Quantitation of Fentanyl Mixtures by Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) and Chemometrics
Portable SERS-PSI-MS Dual Analysis Platform Using Gold Nanoparticle-Embedded Paper for Trace Detection of Illegal Drugs
Forty Plus Ways not to Analyze Beverages for Cannabinoids
Investigating the Rise and Fall of Opioids Using Data Acquired by Liquid Chromatography Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (LC-TOF-MS)

Afternoon Session I: Impression and Pattern Evidence/Trace Evidence

Presentation Topics:
Quantitative Measures for Footwear Impression Comparisons
Testing the Accuracy and Reliability of Palmar Friction Ridge Comparisons: A Black Box Study
Rapid Detection of Inorganic and Organic Firearm Discharge Residues by Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Electrochemical Sensors
Facilitating the Adoption of Glass Evidence Analyses in Forensic Laboratories

Afternoon Session II: Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Pathology

Presentation Topics:
Developing an Online Resource for Species Identification of Skeletal Remains
Development Responses to Fluctuating Temperatures of a Forensically Important Blow Fly (Cochliomyia Macellaria)
Understanding the Role of the Thanatomicrobiota in the Decay of “Reproductive Organs” in Human Decomposition
Using Microbiome Tools to Estimate the Postmortem Interval of Human Remains