National Forensic Science Week recognizes the contribution that forensic science makes to the criminal justice system. This year, National Forensic Science Week will be held the September 16-22. Throughout the week, the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) will be engaging with the community through online webinars, daily news e-blasts, and social media events, to include a forensic photo contest and digital awards. The target audience this year will be early-career scientists. Events will include short webinar presentations given by new investigators on novel research in forensic DNA analysis and forensic chemistry, and a live panel of forensic-decision makers discussing the challenges facing forensic science today and advice for entry-level practitioners on skills needed to succeed as a forensic scientist. Learn more about the exciting events below and follow @ForensicCOE and #ForensicScienceWeek throughout the week to stay up-to-date on news and events!


Mixtures, Microhaps, And Modeling, Oh My!! Cutting-Edge Research In Forensic DNA Analysis From Early-Career Scientists
Tuesday, September 18th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (ET)

Early-career researchers that were awarded FTCoE travel sponsorships to the prestigious Gordon Research Conference and Seminar will present novel projects in forensic DNA analysis. Presentations will be followed by a live question and answer session.
Learn more and register here.

Novel Forensic Chemistry Research from Early-Career Scientists
Wednesday, September 19th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (ET)

This online session will be a platform for early-career forensic chemists to present their research to the FTCoE audience. Presentations will be followed by a live question and answer session.
Learn more and register here.

Making a Forensic Scientist: A Recipe for Success
Friday, September 21st from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (ET)

This online session is geared toward early-career professionals in forensic science. Dr. John Morgan, the FTCoE Director at RTI International, will provide an overview of emerging topics and challenges facing the forensic science field today. Additionally, a panel of hiring decision makers will discuss tips for success, including what they look for in new-hires, traits of individuals that have succeeded in their organizations, and what hard and soft skills impact professional performance.
Learn more and register here.


Just Science is releasing a special Just So You Know series in celebration of National Forensic Science Week. Get to know the leadership, scientific, and technical staff of RTI International’s FTCoE team that help keep the center running smoothly year round. Listen to the interviews here.


Make sure to sign up for the FTCoE newsletter to receive our National Forensic Science Week Daily News! The Daily News will feature brief interviews with forensic practitioners and FTCoE team members and a forensic fun fact of the day.


The FTCoE will be hosting an online photo contest during National Forensic Science Week across all social media platforms. Submit your forensic photo today for a chance to win! Winners will receive a digital certificate as recognition for their submission. Tag your photo with @ForensicCOE and #ForensicPhoto. The contest launches on September 17th and winners will be announced during the Early-Career Forensic Science Professionals Panel on September 21st.


Each day during National Forensic Science Week, digital awards will be presented on each social media platform to acknowledge our most engaged users. Follow @ForensicCOE throughout the week to discover the winners.