The inaugural GCC Forensic Science Conference and GCC DNA Symposium, supported by INTERPOL, will be taking place on 14-15 November 2017, at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The event is being organised jointly with Abu Dhabi Police and will cover a range of areas within Forensic Science, along with a 3rd day of workshops after the conclusion of the main Conferences. The hosts will take the opportunity to showcase the achievements of Abu Dhabi Police in securing the status as the only Middle Eastern country to integrate the INTERPOL DNA Monitoring Expert Group & the only Arab country in the INTERPOL Disaster Victim Identification Unit.
Brigadier General Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Hammadi, Forensic Evidence Department Director at Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, commented on the event at the launch of the organising & scientific committees for which he currently serves as Chairman:
“This high level conference will bring together forensic experts from the GCC, Middle East and International community. The event will also act as a platform for technology companies to showcase their products & services through the exhibition and is also a chance for Abu Dhabi Police to meet current and potential suppliers to discuss requirements and future projects."
The Conference will offer a platform for scientific cooperation between forensic scientists of the Gulf countries. Amongst the objectives of the Conference, one of the most important is the strengthening of forensic science practices across the region. Some of the most internationally renowned forensic specialists will descend into Abu Dhabi in order to foster a global exchange of experiences and best practices. In addition, the Conference will motivate young researchers and emerging talent from regional universities to present in the ‘Youth Stream’, curated by the Khalifa University for Sciences and Technology, in order to showcase their progress in front of key stakeholders and education sponsors.
Another key area of focus will be the digital forensics and cyber security stream, led by New York University Abu Dhabi. The specialised programme will include various sessions for digital examiners as well as hands-on workshops on the latest issues for the sector such as crypto-currencies and blockchain. Several other topic areas will be covered at the two, co-located Conferences including: crime scene investigation, pathology & mortuary, toxicology, familial DNA & databases, ethics & bias, exonerations, wildlife DNA, documental forensics, fire investigations and other relevant areas.