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FEE 2021 – What to expect
- Aug 31, 2021
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Forensics Europe Expo (FEE) is set to take place at the London ExCeL for the first time since its launch in 2013. Covering every aspect of forensic science, the show’s eighth iteration will be held alongside Counter-Terror Expo (CTX) and Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) to represent the primary meeting place for forensic solution providers who will be able to explore synergies between the sectors.
“As a strategic counter-terror event with a global audience, large numbers of the CTX and FEE audience typically travel to the event from overseas,” Tracy Bebbington, Event Director, CTX and FEE, said. “We have decided that there is a strong cross-over audience between CTX and FEE and DSEI attendees that we could leverage to deliver three events side-by-side in 2021 and enable our attendees to take advantage of the business opportunities this will offer.”
This year’s FEE promises a range of innovative exhibitors and a comprehensive educational seminar programme that will examine the key theme - The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on the future of forensic science. As a result of the global pandemic, medical and forensics professionals made giant leaps forward to improve collaboration across borders and disciplines. This has enabled researchers and authorities to make decisions and breakthroughs at a revolutionary pace but the question remains: can this trend continue without sacrificing the rigorous processes that underpin the value of forensic science to justice systems around the world?
Joining FEE as this iteration’s education partners are Global Forensic & Justice Center (GFJC) at Florida International University (FIU) and the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC). With the support of world-leading experts from academia and industry, FEE’s education plays an essential role in helping shape and progress the offering of the show’s education sessions for students and professionals alike.
In partnerships with Florida International University, FEE will host a free-to-attend conference for all visitors, spanning the show’s key themes and providing the latest insights on developments in the forensics industry. The conference will feature world-class speakers and leading organisations who will share their latest findings and learnings in a range of interactive session formats.
FEE is the only European event covering every aspect of forensic investigation, and a natural meeting point for stakeholders not only across the continent, but across the globe. The last edition of FEE brought together a record number of industry leaders to discuss and explore the latest forensic developments. International suppliers showcased an impressive range of scientific innovations, from major developments in DNA analysis to crime scene equipment and e-discovery.
In response to COVID-19, FEE has implemented a framework of enhanced safety measures to demonstrate that the health and wellbeing of all attendees is our number one priority. In collaboration with other global event organisers, FEE has summarised the best practices for organising and delivering trade shows and exhibitions, including a range of precautions and initiatives to reduce the risks caused by COVID-19. In this new era, the ‘All Secure Standard” will allow FEE to take place in a secure environment. Measures are broken down into the following four areas: Cleaning & Hygiene; Communication; Protect & Detect; and Physical Distancing. Specific plans and actions for FEE – including the format of conference and networking sessions – will be communicated to all participants by the show team.
“Forensic Europe Expo provides us the opportunity to meet with and network with a range of visitors from the forensics industry. We are able to showcase the varied capabilities that Cranfield University can offer to both new and existing contacts.” – Events Executive, Cranfield University
On Day 1 of the exhibition, Tuesday 14 September, speeches and panels will discuss new approaches to performing forensics investigations and share experiences in mobile and digital forensics, from the field to the lab. Traditional data collecting methods will be challenged at the Mobile Forensics: Taking the Logic Out of Tradition seminar at 1140 while, the importance of digital forensics in the maritime environment and shipping will be discussed at 1200 in light of new sector regulations and the significant role of Cyber Security in the naval sector. To address and discuss the theme of the day, Forensics 2025: Where we need to be, a dedicated keynote panel will welcome experts from Forensic Science International, Forensics Capability Network (National Police Chiefs Council) and Discovery Forensics.
Day 2 will explore human-computer interaction, AI-Powered Analytics and the future of forensic science and crime scene response. In addition to these, at 1500 visitors will be able to hear about VR in forensics how serious gaming can help train police forces on the digital and mobile forensics tools used in the laboratory. Led by the day’s theme, Harnessing emerging technologies for forensics and criminal justice, the keynote panel at 1330 will feature subject experts from the Florida International University Global Forensic and Justice Center, the University of Kent & Cost Action DigforAsp.
The final day of the FEE conference will focus on the theme of collaboration across borders and disciplines. Collaborative training in forensic biology will be the first topic of the day while the effect of a viral virus spread and the use of mathematics for digital forensics will also be highlights for the day. Led by the theme, the keynote panel will discuss the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on cross-border and cross-discipline collaboration for forensic science, featuring experts from the Global Forensic Justice Centre, FPS Economie (Federal Public Service of Belgium), the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Forensic Science and the Faculty of Law - Criminal Justice and Public Administration, University of Lausanne.
Exhibitors under the microscope
“Forensics Europe Expo 2019 really hit the bullseye for us. We have attended the event for years and it is, without a doubt, the place to be for digital forensics and security experts worldwide” – Sales and Marketing Manager, SecurCube
Visitors can expect to discover a range of innovative businesses at this year’s FEE floor including MSAB who released a series of updates to their XRY Mobile Forensics Tool, allowing the application to securely extract more high-quality data in less time, while at all times fully maintaining the integrity of the device. The XRY application has its own file format which allows for a full forensic audit trail and protection of the evidence from initial extraction through analysis to reporting and to presentation in court.
Foster & Freeman will also be present at FEE 2021. In January F&F produced an in-house case study on the benefits of using high-intensity narrowband illumination to search for and detect evidence at crime scenes and in the laboratory. The study demonstrated how, by utilising the full forensic spectrum of illumination (from UV to IR) and searching beyond the visible range (using an IR sensitive camera), it is possible to increase the amount of evidence detected whilst simultaneously increasing CSI and laboratory efficiency.
Other exhibitors to look out for include Cobwebs Technologies who won the Global Infosec Award 2021 from Cyber Defense Magazine during the RSA Conference 2021. NEC Software, who also works closely with Microsoft, will also attend FEE following their recent announcement in July this year that the NEX SX-Aurora TSUBASA vector supercomputer set a record in the STAC-A2 Benchmark tests, which measure the computational performance of Monte Carlo-based risk simulations common in financial markets.
To register please visit, www.forensicseuropeexpo.com/