Dr Veronica Borrett
Dr Veronica Borrett has 30 years experience in senior research and leadership roles specialising in national security. In 2015 she was appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW, The Hague), which is the implementing authority for the Chemical Weapons Convention. She also Chairs their working group on Investigative Chemistry, focusing on the forensic issues relevant to the implementation of the Convention. She was formerly an OPCW appointed “Qualified Expert” for investigations of alleged use of chemical warfare agents and for international assistance operations. She is currently Director BAI Scientific, providing strategic advice in the science, technology and IT industries.
Veronica was formerly a Principal Research Scientist with the Defence Science and Technology Group where she led the Chemical, Biological and Radiological National Security Program, including their support to the 2000 Olympics. She was Manager of Operational Programs and Research at the National Institute of Forensic Science, and General Manager of the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute of the University of Melbourne.
Prof Eoghan Casey
Professor of Digital Forensic Science and Investigation
Ecole des Sciences Criminelles (ESC)
Université de Lausanne
Prof. Eoghan Casey (M) is full professor at the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Lausanne, where he started teaching in 2016. For nearly two decades, he has dedicated himself to advancing the practices of digital forensic science and data breach investigation. In his former role as Chief Scientist of the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), which houses one of the largest accredited digital forensic laboratories in the world, Eoghan Casey prioritized research and development across multiple organizational units, and provided strategic and technical guidance to navigate evolving challenges in digital forensic science and data breach investigation. Eoghan Casey has consulted with many attorneys, agencies, and police departments in the United States, South America, and Europe on a wide range of digital investigations, including fraud, violent crimes, identity theft, and on-line criminal activity.
Eoghan Casey has helped organizations investigate and manage security breaches, including network intrusions with international scope. He has delivered expert testimony in civil and criminal cases, and has submitted expert reports and prepared trial exhibits for computer forensic and cyber-crime cases. He wrote the foundational book Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, now in its third edition, and he created advanced smartphone forensics courses taught worldwide. He has also coauthored several advanced technical books including Malware Forensics, and the Handbook of Digital Forensics and Investigation. Since 2004, he has been Editor-in-Chief of Digital Investigation: The International Journal of Digital Forensics & Incident Response, publishing cutting edge work by and for practitioners and researchers. He serves on the Digital Forensic Research Workshop (DFRWS) Board of Directors and helps organize biannual digital forensic research conferences. He also contributes to forensic science definitions, guidelines, and standards as Executive Secretary of the Digital/Multimedia Scientific Area Committee (DMSAC) of the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).
Prof Heesun Chung CBE
Graduate School of Analytical Science & Technology
Chungnam National University
Dr Heesun Chung is a Dean and Professor of the Graduate School of Analytical Science and Technology, Chungnam National University, Korea. She was the Director General of the National Forensic Service (formally National Institute of Scientific Investigation), Korea from 2008 to 2012.
She was the president of The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) and is the 13th President for the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT). She is also on the Editorial board for Forensic Science International and Forensic Toxicologists.
Dr Chung has presented findings at numerous international meetings and symposia. For last five years, 50 articles have been published at the International and national journals.
Dr Chung was awarded many awards including, a Commander of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), a medal for the distinguished service by the Korean government and the most outstanding Woman Scientist award from the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Prof Stephen Cordner
Professor of Forensic Pathology
Stephen was the Foundation Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University and Director of the VIFM from 1987 - 2014. Under his direction the VIFM was developed to provide its independent expert forensic medical and scientific services to the justice system, tissue for transplantation and postgraduate medical and scientific teaching and research services. Over the years, he has developed a particular interest in mass casualty management, human rights and humanitarian forensic action.
Stephen has worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and has undertaken forensic medical investigative work in Kosovo, East Timor, Fiji, and Indonesia as well as his case work in Australia. On behalf of the ICRC (or WHO) he has undertaken missions to Iraq, countries of the former Yugoslavia and Myanmar, the Philippines and Liberia. He particularly enjoys teaching and has undertaken or organised training in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the Middle East, Botswana and Uganda. His most recent book is, as co-author, the 4th edition of: Good Medical Practice: Professionalism, Ethics and the Law published in 2016 by the Australian Medical Council.
Prof Simona Francesce
Professor of Forensic and Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry
Sheffield Hallam University
Simona Francese is Professor of Forensic and Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She holds a degree in Chemistry obtained from the University of Salerno, Italy, and a PhD in Chemical Sciences awarded by the same University with a one year period spent at the University of Leeds, UK, thanks to a Marie Curie fellowship. She is an expert in the development of MALDI MS Imaging applications and has pioneered its development for the analysis of latent fingermarks to profile offenders. More recently she has engaged in the development of MALDI MS based methods for the robust detection and mapping of blood in stains and marks and of drugs in hair. Simona is the Lead of the Fingermark Research Group (FRG) and through the years her research has been partly funded by the Home Office and The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, UK, and actively collaborates with West Yorkshire Police to test the technology at crime scenes. She sits on the Fingerprint Society Committee UK, which is now merged with the Chartered Society of Forensic Science and one of the 40 members of the International FRG; she is an invited member of the European Network of Forensic Sciences and a core member of the Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence & Organised Crime Research. Since March 2017, she is the Chair of the COST Action CA16101 MULTi-modal imaging of FOREnsic SciEnce Evidence (MULTI-FORESEE)- tools for Forensic Science'.
Dr Susan Hitchin
Forensic Support and Specialised Technical Databases Unit
Susan Hitchin is the Coordinator of the DNA Unit which is part of the Forensic and Police Data Management Sub-Directorate at INTERPOL's Headquarters. In this role, Susan has primary responsibility for INTERPOL's DNA-related programmes and initiatives set up to support the growing, yet challenging, domain of international exchange of DNA data relating to criminal investigations and missing persons.
Susan joined INTERPOL in 2002 as a member of the team that designed the INTERPOL DNA Database. Since that time she has regularly represented INTERPOL at various meetings, working groups, and incident response teams to address issues such as DNA data exchange, disaster victim identification and wildlife trafficking.
Working with law enforcement agencies, the forensic community and other international agencies, Susan is actively involved in assisting and supporting countries in sharing DNA data in the framework of international police cooperation.
Susan holds a PhD in molecular biology from Coventry University, UK, and was an Entente Cordiale scholar, a British Council programme aimed at encouraging post-graduate research collaboration between the United Kingdom and France.
The Hon. Frank Vincent AO QC
Victoria Law Reform Commission
The Hon. Frank Vincent. AO QC is a former judge of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Principal Judge of Criminal Trial Division and Chair of the Victorian Adult Parole Board. Since his retirement from the Court he has been appointed by successive governments to a number of Inquiries including an investigation into the wrongful conviction of a person on the basis of contaminated evidence of DNA. He has been involved in issues concerned with forensic science for many years, conducted an Inquiry into the structure and funding of NIFS and was the foundation Chair of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Academy of Forensic Science. He is currently a member of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
Dr Lauren Wilson
Secretary of Defence Research Fellow
Department of Defence, Science and Technology
In 2006 Lauren completed her PhD at the Australian National University (ANU) Medical School where she pioneered work on viral countermeasures. Following her PhD studies Lauren established the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory, ANU Medical School.
In 2007, Lauren joined the Australian Federal Police as team leader biological intelligence, were she was responsible for managing a team of analyst’s in the likelihood and feasibility of the use of biological agents being used for malicious purposes. Lauren was a member of the INTERPOL bioterrorism expert group, where she contributed to writing bioterrorism manuals and delivery of international bioterrorism awareness training.
Lauren joined the Defence Science and Technology Group in 2011 and in 2016 was awarded the prestigious Secretary of Defence research fellowship, in partnership with the National Centre for Forensics Studies at the University of Canberra to undertake master’s research. The research focused on Military Forensic and Technical Exploitation.
Lauren’s work has been recognised with appointed by the Minister for Health and Aged Care to the Advisory Committee on Vaccines and the Secretary and Chief of Defence Force commendation for her work on the Defence First Principle Review team.
Lauren is passionate about promoting science and run’s a primary school science club, mentors graduate students, and has developed and managed organisational mentoring programs.