This event occurred on July 26th – July 30th, 2021 from 8:45am – 12pm ET.  All presentations and material have been archived for you to access as On-Demand content.

Welcome to the 2021 Current Trends Symposium on Forensic Trace Analysis. Now in its 4th year, this On-line Symposium has gained a reputation for creating a sense of community for forensic practitioners across the globe while disseminating timely and impactful information from recognized experts in their respective discipline – a feat accomplished with no registration fee and no travel costs. Given the hard work and dedicated efforts of this year’s Program Chairs – Dr. Tatiana Trejos (Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, West Virginia University) and Dr. Peter D. Zoon (Senior Forensic Scientist, Netherlands Forensic Institute). The poster session is chaired by Dr. Patrick Buzzini (Associate Professor, Sam Houston State University).

PLEASE HELP SAVE YOUR SEAT!! There is no registration fee for this event! If you are able, we are requesting a voluntary donation of $10 USD per attendee that can be made by clicking by clicking the PayPal button below. Why? We pay a fee for every online “seat”. Due to its popularity, we have had to close registration for past events once the number of seats we could afford to purchase were filled. Our goal this year is NOT to shut down registration, but rather to provide a seat for everyone that would like one. A small donation from each attendee would allow this to happen. If you cannot donate, you are still very welcome to attend the event. Thank-you for your kind consideration and we hope you enjoy this year’s program.


Many thanks to all of this year’s sponsors for making this event possible!




Global Approaches to Local Issues in Forensic Trace Analysis


Click the schedule below to see the full lineup for this year’s Trace symposium!

The 4th Annual Online Symposium on Current Trends in Forensic Trace Analysis brings again an excellent opportunity for scientists and practitioners from many regions of the world to interact with each other and thus overcome various obstacles that may limit these enriching venues.

This global trace evidence symposium presents scientific methods, innovations, and case applications by well-known experts from the trace evidence community. During a weeklong event, they will present and share their extensive knowledge of many different topics within trace evidence analysis.

We hear you! The scientific program of this annual Symposium brings topics requested by the community itself. This year’s theme integrates two critical aspects in the strengthening of forensic science: innovation and human factors. We will learn from our keynote speaker about the role of Expertise, Expectation, and Experience in the decision-making process. Also, we will discuss how human factors in our discipline are not just about bias; they play a critical role in developing policies to improve the well‐being, motivation, and performance of forensic practitioners. Furthermore, we will examine the current state and novel topics of gunshot residue, fire debris, fiber, glass, tape, and paint evidence. The last day of the week will highlight the importance of (global) collaborative studies in advancing our profession.

Our aim for this year’s Symposium is to facilitate sharing of knowledge and information among the global scientific community. We believe in the exchange of ideas that can be transformative and used to satisfactorily address local issues and challenges faced by analytical and forensic trace examiners worldwide.

As Chair and Co-Chair of the 2021 Online Symposium on Current Trends in Forensic Trace Analysis, we are honored and humbled to be your hosts and facilitators, and we wish you all an educational and enjoyable week.

Tatiana Trejos, PhD – Chair

Peter D. Zoon, PhD – Co-Chair

Patrick Buzzini, PhD Poster Chair


Dr. Itiel Dror, Cognitive Neuroscientist, University College London

Itiel Dror (PhD Harvard) is a cognitive neuroscientist based in London who is interested in the cognitive architecture that underpins expert decision making. Dror’s research, published in over 150 articles, demonstrated that various cognitive and human factors can influence judgments and decision making of experts. He has worked in a variety of domains, from policing and aviation, to medical experts and bankers, showing that even hard working and competent experts can make unintentional errors.

Dr. Dror will be presenting on how experts can be implicitly impacted by irrelevant contextual information or even by the context in which information is presented or obtained. He will show how research can assist in identifying such weaknesses and in providing practical ways to mitigate them.

This event occurred on July 26th – July 30th, 2021 from 8:45am – 12pm ET.  All presentations and material have been archived for you to access as On-Demand content.


This event is FREE for anyone to attend! Please click the Register Now button to the right in order to register for this event.
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