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The inaugural GCC Forensic Science Conference and GCC DNA Symposium, supported by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), November 14-15, 2017, at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is jointly organized with the Abu Dhabi police and covers a range of forensic science areas, in addition to a third day of workshops following the main conferences. The achievements of the Abu Dhabi police in securing status as the only Middle Eastern country to integrate the INTERPOL DNA Monitoring Expert Group and the only Arab country in the INTERPOL Disaster Victim Identification Unit will be showcased.
Brigadier General Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Hammadi, Forensic Evidence Department Director at Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters, currently serves as Chairman of the organizing and scientific committees.
This Conference offers a platform for scientific cooperation among forensic scientists of the Gulf countries. An important objective of the Conference is strengthening forensic science practices across the region. Several internationally renowned forensic specialists will attend to foster a global exchange of experiences and best practices. In addition, the Conference aims to motivate young researchers and emerging talent from regional universities; they will present in the “Youth Stream” (curated by the Khalifa University for Sciences and Technology) to showcase their progress to key stakeholders and education sponsors.
Another key focus area is the digital forensics and cybersecurity stream. This specialized program includes sessions for digital examiners as well as hands-on workshops on the latest issues for the sector, such as crypto-currencies and blockchain. Additional topic areas to be covered at the two co-located Conferences include crime scene investigation, pathology and mortuary, toxicology, familial DNA and databases, ethics and bias, exonerations, wildlife DNA, documental forensics, and fire investigations.