Last week saw the launch of Research4Justice at the 8th European Academy of Forensic Sciences (EAFS) conference in Lyon, France. The event was attended by over 800 delegates from 57 countries specialising across forensic disciplines with lawyers, police officers and scientists in attendance.
This was our first opportunity to reach such a global audience and some excellent conversations were had; keen interest was shown from both academic researchers and practitioners across Europe who could see the value of our initiative. With the dissemination of our cards, our Twitter followers have now reached over 200, with practitioner followers reaching as far as Abu Dhabi and USA. This shows the great job everyone in the community is doing to help us slowly spread the word across the globe!
In August, the website activity rose again, with visitors from over 11 countries. Three more international universities have shown support for adding students’ research outputs into the database once launched. We are due to meet with Jisc for an update on database developments later in September, so keep watching this space and we will let you know as soon as we have more information! Thank you for your support and patience so far.
Monday 11th June saw the formal launch of the online Research4Justice community at the first FIT-IN Research Symposium hosted by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences in Birmingham.
“The event was fully booked with a superb mix of delegates. Enthusiastic research discussions could be heard throughout the day between academics, student researchers, forensic and policing practitioners; it is a really exciting time!”
Associate Professor Rachel Bolton-King, one of the Research4Justice founders and project lead, demonstrated the Justice Toolkit, a continuously developing resource for international researchers and practitioners. The founders asked attendees to review the toolkit and provide feedback to ensure relevant and inclusive content for justice-related research across all relevant disciplines. As a growing community, we also asked for users to inform us of any existing, changing or emerging resources for inclusion in the multi-disciplinary toolkit.
An online space for FIT-IN was also demonstrated, with details for how users can contact FIT-IN and provide them with valuable feedback for the network’s future development. Please see the live Twitter feed from the event using #FIT_INetwork to see an overview of the topics presented and the range of police-academia research that is already underway.
“We urge our current community to help us spread the word about Research4Justice through their professional connections, using social media (@Res4Just), websites, blogs and verbal communication.”
Dr Rachel Bolton-King, Staffordshire University
To secure the future of the community from August 2019 Research4Justice are seeking sponsorship from organisations who will benefit from the toolkit, repository and provision of online networking.
We therefore have 12 months to extensively grow our international community, demonstrate impact and prove the value of this resource to ensure the content remains free to all individual users.
The feeling from delegates after the event was really positive. There seemed to be some real motivation and forward-thinking actions resulting from the discussions initiated during this event. We would like to thank all the event organisers, presenters and delegates for making this event so memorable and creating a valuable opportunity for us all to share latest developments in research across academia and industry.
Forensic (Science), Investigation and Technology – Information Network (FIT-IN) seeks to foster a knowledge sharing network to improve cross-border collaboration between academia, policing partnerships and related stakeholders. The symposium programme provides an introduction to the concept and showcases work already delivered by some of the steering group members and their partners, aiming to attract interest from all relevant parties both within the UK and internationally.
This symposium also sees the launch of Research4Justice (formally ForSci), an online database for the dissemination and discussion of undergraduate and postgraduate research, hosted by Jisc. These endeavours aim to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of policing, forensic science, technology and associated methods and techniques through collaborative information sharing, broadening access to knowledge and partnership across the criminal justice system.