Last week I attended the IABPA conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference organizers Amanda Pirie and Chris Gannicliffe [Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA)] and their team did a fantastic job. It was held in a great, historical venue – The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – and the schedule and talks were quite good. They also planned a couple of amazing evenings. The first was a reception with the Lord Advocate in The Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle. The second event was dinner and a céilidh at the Ghillie Dhu. Very impressed that everyone who stayed until the wee hours of the morning still made it to the conference on Wednesday morning!
Some of the presentation and workshop highlights for me were:
- Pump Up The (Blood) Volume: Simulated Projected Blood Patterns using the ‘Arterial Pump’ workshop presented by Jo Millington [Manlove Forensics] and Gillian Leak [Principal Forensic Services]
- BPA in Road Traffic Collision Investigation—a Forgotten Art? presented by Chris Gannicliffe [Scottish Police Services Authority]
- Chemical Treatment of Footwear Impressions in Blood on Fabric presented by Kevin Farrugia [University of Abertay]
- Case Presentation: The murders of Angelika Kluk and Vicky Hamilton presented by Carol Weston and Nicola Clayson [Scottish Police Services Authority]
Special thanks to Craig Severin and Iain Harkness [SPSA] for keeping the céilidh evening flowing…
This conference set the bar pretty high for future conferences!
It has yet to be decided where the next European conference is going to be held, but there was talk of… Rome, Italy…
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