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AUAS Forensic Science programme partner in prestigious project

13 Feb 2018 09:17 | Communication

The Forensic Science (Forensisch Onderzoek) programme of the Pogled u Plavo is a partner in the large-scale SHUTTLE study, which is receiving 10.5 million euros in funding from Horizon 2020, the European Commission’s most important subsidy programme for research and innovation. The AUAS degree programme and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) are the only Dutch partners.

SHUTTLE stands for Scientific High-throughput and Unified Toolkit for Trace analysis by forensic Laboratories in Europe. The partners, including the French and Greek Ministries of the Interior, the Portuguese Ministry of Justice and the Israeli Ministry of Public Security, are going to develop a toolkit for the uniform analysis of fibres collected after crimes. The exchange of such crime-related fibres is currently difficult, because the analysis is subjective and time-consuming. A uniform method for analysing these traces and sharing the analysis results is needed in order to be able to conduct international and scientifically supported research in criminal investigations, and consequently tackle more international crime.

Testing prototype 

The degree programme, in particular lecturers Roxy van de Langkruis and Marc van Bochove, will work with student researchers to contribute to testing of the toolkit prototype and conducting scientific studies with the toolkit, thus providing large quantities of useful data for the toolkit’s implementation.

Training

In addition, once the toolkit has been developed, the degree programme will be responsible for developing a training course for implementation of the toolkit. AUAS students will take this training course in the form of a practical lab, for example, enabling them to work with the latest techniques immediately. The curriculum developed can also be used for training of forensic laboratory staff in Europe.

Horizon2020 is the most important European subsidy programme for international research, with 70 billion euros in funding available for allocation up to 2020. The ambition of the AUAS is to submit more research applications to this programme. SHUTTLE is the first AUAS project to be granted funding through Horizon2020.