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Statistical modelling of scientific evidence

7th November 2016 to 11th November 2016
David Balding University of Melbourne, University College London
Norman Fenton Queen Mary, University of London
Richard Gill Universiteit Leiden
David Lagnado University College London
Leila Schneps Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu

Workshop Theme

This workshop will be devoted the use of cutting-edge statistical methods in all the trace analysis situations that cause problems in court: physical evidence problems such as fibre or soil analysis, and DNA problems such as mixed samples, LCN samples, degraded samples and rare Y-haplotypes. The investigations will be supported by analysis of key well-known cases such as the Amanda Knox trial (low template and mixed DNA and rare Y-haplotype).

Deadline for applications: 24 August 2016

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Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to turn up and sign in as a non-registered attendee on the day(s) during the workshop and attend the lecture(s). Please note that we cannot provide you with any support including name badge, meals or accommodation.

In addition to visiting the INI, there are multiple ways in which you can participate remotely.



Registration Only
  • Registration Package: £239
  • Student Registration Package: £189

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as programme participants, the above charge will apply.


Unfortunately we do not have any accommodation to offer so all successful applicants will need to source their own accommodation. Please see the Hotels Combined website for a list of local hotels and guesthouses.



Lunch will be served at Wolfson Court in the Cafeteria from 12:30 to 13:30 on days that lectures take place.

  • Registration Package participants should present their badge as payment for their meal
  • Those issued with a blue Institute door entrance card can add money onto the card via the Porters' Lodge at Wolfson Court
  • Other participants must purchase their meal using their dining card via the Porters' Lodge (forms can be found on the registration desk or at the Porters' Lodge)

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at Emmanuel College . Participants on the Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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