Publication date 14.06.2019

On 13—14 June 2019 4th International Conference of the European Division of the International Association for Identification (IAI EU), organized by European Division of the International Association for Identification in cooperation with Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police, took place in Warsaw.

IAI EU is the European division of the oldest and greatest forensic association in the world. This forensic association represents a network of academic centers, specialists, companies and institutions operating in the world of forensic medicine, forensics and biometrics. Broadly understood human identification was the leading theme of the conference. The subject of the conference included, among others, fingerprints, footwear and gait analysis, odontology, anthropology, DNA and other identification disciplines, digital evidence, photography and biometric data. Ceremonial opening of the conference was conducted by Deputy Director of Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police – col. Krzysztof Borkowski, PhD. In his speech, he emphasized the unique nature of the meeting, appreciated the rich and diversive program of the conference and expressed willingness for further cooperation between the CFLP and EU IAI in the area of human identification. The keynote lecture was given by one of the honorary guests of the conference – Anthony Koertner from Defense Forensic Science Center in USA, who discussed statistical model used in fingerprint examination. Subsequent lectures oscillated around subjects related to fingerprints, facial image and new technologies in biometrics and forensics. On the first day of the conference lectures were given also by the CFLP representatives: major Beata Krzemińska, expert from Fingerprint Examination Unit with her lecture entitled “The role of AFIS in the work of a fingerprint expert in Poland” and capt. Jakub Mondzelewski, expert from Biology Department with his lecture entitled “IT system supporting the process of using and analyzing large amounts of data in order to detect related evidence for the needs of investigation proceedings and detection activities (HIT-NET project)”. The next day of the conference was inaugurated by the conference guest of honor – Cederic Naumann PhD from South Dakota State University, who presented reflections on the statistical interpretation of forensic evidence, especially fingerprints. In addition to lectures on biometrics, the speech entitled “Genetics and fingeprints examination – rivals or allies?” was also delivered by major Ewa Katarasińska PhD from Biology Department of the CFLP. The conference was attended by almost 80 participants from 18 countries, among others from Poland, Germany, USA, France, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Great Britain, Croatia, Spain, Portugal and Netherlands. This event was a great opportunity for the meeting of both the world of science and the world of practice.