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IUGS Initiative on Forensic Geology

Past Events

Date: 9/12/2020
Time: 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Location: Online
Category: Workshop / Seminar / Course

Date: 2/12/2020
Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Online
Category: Conference / Symposium

1st Brazilian Geoforensic Virtual Workshop logo

Dates: 30/11/2020 - 4/12/2020
Time: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Location: Online
Category: Conference / Symposium

7º Encontro Nacional de Química Forense Logo

Date: 9/11/2020
Time: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Location: Online
Category: Conference / Symposium

1st Undergrad Geoforensic Research Logo

Dates: 21/09/2020 - 22/09/2020
Time: 8:00AM - 8:00PM
Location: Online
Category: Conference / Symposium

Events for 2017

3º Iberoamerican Seminar on Forensic Geosciences Meeting banner

3º Iberoamerican Seminar on Forensic Geosciences

For more information download the UPDATED program flyer.



9th Asian Forensic Sciences Meeting banner


Soil Forensics Workshop on Forensic Examination and Interpretation of Soil Evidence  

Held in conjunction with the Trace Evidence Working Group (TEWG) at the 9th Asian Forensic Sciences Network (AFSN) annual meeting and symposium in Singapore from 5 to 9th September 2017.
For more information and registration visit




European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017

Vienna | Austria
23–28 April 2017
    Download a flyer of the poster by Dr Laurance Donnelly, Prof Lorna Dawson, Dr Alastair Ruffell, Dr Jennifer McKinley, Dr Rosa Maria Di Maggio, Dr Duncan Pirrie,
    Commander Mark Harrison, and Prof Sue Grayston Forensic Geology and Geoethics presented at the EGU - General Assembly 2017 Session EOS14 - Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, research and practice

Events for 2016


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Symposium: Forensic soil science and geology: 5th International Conference on Criminal & Environmental Soil Forensics

Soil Forensic International (SFI-2016)
35th International Geological Congress,
Cape Town, South Africa 27 August – 4 September 2016

Session T6.1 Forensic Soil Science and Geology.

Session T6.2 History and Future of Forensic Soil Science and Geology / Recent Developments

Session T6.3 Forensic Soil Science and Geology: held in association with 5th International Conference on Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics .

Events for 2015

University of Messina - (10-11 June 2015)

Download the workshop flyer, an field training flyer and/or a formal invitation from the Organizing Committee flyer for the Seminars organized as part of the Master in Forensic Geology.

June 5 Announcement in Italian        Announcement in (rough) English translation


Geological Society of Japan (11-13 September 2015)


University of Messina - Training and Seminar (16-18 September 2015)

download the workshop flyer, (in Italian) the field training flyer (in Italian) and the flyer for the Seminars organized as part of the Master in Forensic Geology (in Italian)


European Academy of Forensic Science, Prague, Czech Republic (6-11 September 2015)


International Conference on Engineering Geophysics, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain United Arab Emirates (15-18 November 2015)

For more information visit

Events for 2014


Forensic Geoscience: Future Horizons Geological Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London Burlington House, Piccadilly, London (3 December 2014)

Updated Event Flyer

For more information see:


International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Initiative on Forensic Geology (IFG) Strategic Planning Meeting and Annual General Meeting (AGM), The Geological Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, UK (4th-5th December 2014) 


Victim Recovery Dogs (VRD) and Search Training, Cambridgeshire Police Headquarters, UK (12th May 2014) Donnelly Presentation Abstract 


 Blackpool Geographical Association, Blackpool, UK (3 March 2014)


Forensic Forums 2014, London, UK (3 March 2014) Event Flyer


Geologists Association, London UK (7 March 2013)


Communicating Contested Geoscience:new strategies for public engagement. A 1-day conference on how to communicate key geoscience challenges to the public. The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG (20 June 2014) Event Flyer


Earth Science Teachers Association, Forensic Geology Workshop, Royal Institute, London, UK (1 July 2014)


Oxford University, Oxford, UK (3 July 2014)


Channel Island Group of Professional Engineers (CIGPE), Jersey and Guernsy, UK (19-20 November 2014)


Bath Geological Society, Bath, UK (4 December 2014)


2014 International Network of Environmental Forensics Network (INEF)

St John's College, Cambridge, UK August 4-6th

Anne Brosnan, Deputy Director Legal Services (Chief Prosecutor), Environmental Agency England delivered the keynote talk at the conference. Talks and workshops were also provided by leading scientists including Robert Morrison, Alan Jeffrey, Steve Mudge and many more with sessions topics including:

  • Multidimensional Chromatography
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Biomonitoring
  • Petroleum Hydrocarbons
  • Biomarkers & Indicators
  • Air & Fugitive Emissions
  • Metals
  • Stable Isotopes
  • Chlorinated Solvents

Events for 2013


Search Training, Serious Organized Crime Agency (UK Police), UK (March 2013)


II Iberoamerican Workshop on Forensic Geology Brasília, Brazil (Brazilian Federal Police)(October 2-4 2013)


European Geosciences Union, General Assembly 2013, Vienna, Austria (April 2013)


Japan Geoscience, Japan (May 2013)


Russian Federal Centre of Forensic Science (RFCFS) of the Ministry of Justice Soil Forensic and Forensic Geology Knowledge Transfer Event(21-25 October 2013) Russian and English Event Flyer


2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition Denver, Colorado USA (27–30 October, 2013) The IFG & SWGGEO sponsored Topical Session T156. Forensic Geoscience: Advances and Applications


2nd International Conference on Engineering Geophysics and Forensic Geology session, Abu Dhabi Police, Al Ain, UAE (24 - 27 November 2013)

Second International Conference on Engineering Geophysics website Authors are invited to submit 4-page extended abstracts for selection by the technical committee no later than 15 June 2013.

2011 Trace Evidence Symposium, 9 - 11 August

At the Science, Significance, and Impact Conference, co-sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory Division. Click here for more information on the Trace Evidence Symposium 2011
For free live streaming of some of the events go to
The soils session was scheduled for Wednesday morning, August 10th, 2011.

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2009 Trace Evidence Symposium, 2 - 7 August


2007 Trace Evidence Symposium, 13 - 16 August

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