Amsterdam, 11:42am. One hour more than Leicester, UK.
The time has passed by, and even without noticing, I’m packing again, thinking already on my way to the base, Leicestershire.
Data collection has started, and with it, new contacts as well. The Netherlands Forensic Institute, seemed to me, to be a very good institution where forensics has the major role of their acting. Well, of course, this would be expected, taking into account the name of this institute, however, it really seems that the people who are working there take forensic disciplines very seriuosly, and best of all, they love to discuss new ideas. During my stay in Netherlands, I got the possibility to discuss with different people who made me thinking in issues such as likelyhood ratios, the importance of ground truth theories and the discrimination of fingerprint patterns. It was slightly different from my PhD focus, however I believe that all of these news discussions will give me new insights for further studies or even to re-think some aspects of my PhD.
For all of the hospitality I received here, thank you all. I will not nominate people, they were all great! Also, I had the opportunity to visit for the first time Amsterdam, and I really must say that I loved the city, although it was a bit rainy, but… I already used to that!
Also, I need to talk about an event which happened last weekend. The first conference of the European Division of the International Association for Identification [EU IAI].
This conference was organised in Leicester, which made our life easier in terms of travelling. Amongst myself, were present more INTREPID students – Alex, Annelies, Etienne, Jessica, Silke and Thalassa. We all presented some work. Silke and I did a tag-team presentation which was, I think, pretty enjoyable for the audience. We started with an ice-break since we were presenting at 9am… and yes, we all need a good ice-break at 9am in the morning! The rest of the gang presented works during the posters session which was also really well attended.
The conference itself was full of interesting people, working either in forensic service providers in private sector and in the public sector within police forces or scientific police forces. After our talk, Silke and I had the opportunity to talk a bit more with more who were willing to collaborate with our both projects, which made us extremely happy! Seems that our sample is growing up!! And seems that our work might have some place within the forensic research done so far in the area of fingerprints 😀
It is always great to hear from people who know more than us, and who make us think how to improve our research. Thanks to all of the organising committee of EU IAI, specially to Dave, who kindly gave us the opportunity to present in such an important conference in our topic!
More to come, we hope! 🙂
It’s all for now.
Need to catch my plane!