All Hazards Forensic Conference 2018

Conference Information

Background and Conference Overview

The All Hazard Forensic conference is a spin off conference series that has been established from the FP7 project GIFT. The successful interrogation of evidence either at a crime scene contaminated with chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) agents, or of the agents themselves back at the lab, is an absolutely vital part of CBRN defence. Not only will processing these agents, or being able to handle traditional evidence in a hazardous environment, be vital to the successful trial and prosecutions of the individuals that carried out the attack, but it might provide vital information as to what agent was used and what medicine needs to be given to the survivors. The interest in forensics in CBRN incidents and forensic research in a contaminated environment (All Hazards) has risen in the past couple of years. Firstly this is due to the fact that this research area turned out to be not fully developed when investigating incidents or accidents with CBRN agents. Furthermore this is caused by the observation that there seem to be more actors willing to use CBRN agents material to cause incidents. A short survey on the internet provides dozens of incidents and accidents in the last decades.

Organising Committee

Conference Chair
Dr Eric Moore, University College Cork

Scientific Committee
Dr Eric Moore, University College Cork
Dr Elizabeth Gilchrist, University College Cork
Mr Ed van Zalen, The Netherlands Forensic Institute
Dr Cecilia Vahlberg, Swedish NAtional Forensic Centre
Mr Matthijs Zuidberg, The Netherlands Forensic Institute
Dr Michael Madden, AnalyzeIQ & National University of Ireland, Galway
Mr Gwyn Winfield, CBRNe World
Mr Peter Daly, Irish Centre for Emergency Management
Dr Bart Nys, National Institute for Criminalistics and Criminology, Belgium
Lt Col Ray Lane (retd) Irish Defence Forces, Current Chairman of UN Working Group on EOD

Local Organising Committee
Dr Anna Hogan, School of Chemistry, University College Cork
Dr Shauna Scanlon, School of Chemistry, University College Cork
Ms Claire Tobin, School of Chemistry, University College Cork
Ms Niamh Daly, School of Chemistry, University College Cork
Ms Justina Ugwah, School of Chemistry & Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork
Ms Emma O'Sullivan, School of Chemistry, University College Cork
Mr Yineng Wang, School of Chemistry & Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork
Ms Xi Cao, School of Chemistry & Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork
Dr Trevor Carey, School of Chemistry, University College Cork
Mr John Meehan, School of Chemistry, University College Cork

Scientific Focus and Significance

The focus of the conference is on best practice for all hazard forensic investigation at the scene. The two-day conference will cover sampling and prosecution with contributions and case studies from several stakeholders. The event brings together experts from leading European and North American institutes to discuss scientific methodology and techniques to go through the various stages: detection, sample collection, sample transport, identification, attribution, hazard mitigation and prosecution. There will also be opportunities for industry to present and also for students and early stage researchers. There will also be a dedicated poster session as well as an exhibition of technologies by researchers and also industry. The conference will also provide an opportunity for networking in particular for forming new consortium's for the final phase of H2020 and going forward into FP9.


All Hazards Forensic Conference Programme

26th November
Evening reception in the Aula Maxima at University College Cork.
Refreshments and early register of delegates.
Welcome and official opening.
Reception and opportunity for networking.

27th November
9:00 – 11:00 Session 1 “Setting the Scene”
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee and posters/exhibition
11:30 – 13:00 Session 2 “Biological Hazards”
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and poster/exhibition
14:00 – 15:45 Session 3 “Radiation Hazards”
15:45 – 16:15 Coffee and poster/exhibition
16:15 – 18.00 Session 4 “All Hazards Forensics”
18:00 – 19:30 Networking and Poster/Exhibition
21:00 – 23:30 – Gala dinner – Taste of Cork Experience at the “Holy Smoke”

28th November
9:00 – 10:30 Session 5 “Industry Exhibitors Flash presentations”
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee and posters/exhibition
11:00 – 12:30 Session 6 “Chemical Hazards”
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and poster/exhibition
13:30 – 15:00 Session 7 “Narcotic Hazards”                                                                                           
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee and poster/exhibition
15:30 – 18:00 Session 8 “Putting into Practice”
18:00 – 18:15 Close of conference

Invited Speakers

Philippe Quevaviller (European Commission)
Building up synergies in CBRN-E Forensics through EU funded research and a developing Community of Users

Jarrad Wagner (Director, Forensic Toxicology & Trace Lab OSU-Center for Health Sciences)
Investigating Clandestine Laboratories: Drug and Explosive Overlaps

Cecilia Vahlberg (Swedish National Forensic Centre)
Internal and external collaborations by the Swedish National Forensic Centre in the handling of CBRN cases

Peter Daly (Director of the Irish Centre for Emergency Management)
Detecting the non-existent

Karel Lehmert (VAXOS)
Health Effects of Unintentional Methamphetamine Microdosing for Law Enforcement Personnel

Michael Madden (NUIG)
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics to Support Forensics in Hazardous Environments

Karen Kennedy (Nuclear Threat Reduction AWE)
Forensic under containment: Enabling traditional forensic science activities on items contaminated with radioactive

Barend Cochez (Forensic Incident Commander, CBRNe Centre of the Belgian Federal Crisis Centre)
The Belgian multidisciplinairy approach and the keyrole of the Forensic Incident Commander during the GIFT excercise in Belgium

Stephen McCully (Northern Ireland Security Intelligence Training)
Mobile Hand Held Detection of Narcotics and Explosives

Bary Nys (National Institute of Criminology and Criminalistics)
The building of a sustained national network for forensic awareness after CBRN incidents - cashing in on the GIFT project

Arthur Wolterink (Netherlands Forensic Institute)
Forensic Investigation and Analysis of Biological Agents

Ed van Zalen (Netherlands Forensic Institute)
All Hazard Forensics

Eric Moore (Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork)
Generic Integrated Forensic Toolbox (GIFT) coupled with a portable CE system for on-site CBRN forensic investigation in real time

Wai Chi Man (ThermoFischer Scientific)
IC-MS for forensics analysis

Ray Lane (ICP Newtech)

Klaas van der Meer (SCK-CEN, Belgium, CBRN Centers of Excellence)
CBRN Centres of Excellence project 57: strengthening CBRN forensics capacities in South-East and Eastern Europe

Alan Kearney (Irish Defence Forces)
Lessons learned - commanders course counter marauding terrorist attack

Lokesh Joshi (National University of Ireland Galway)
Protein-sugar interactions and their application in biomolecular signatures and bioagent decontamination

Dara Fitzpatrick (University College Cork)
Detection of Counterfeit Medicines using Broadband Acoustic Resonance Dissolution Spectroscopy

Aleksandar Jaksic (Tyndall National Institute)
Radiation detector research at Tyndall National Institute – bringing space technology to the CBRN world

Social Events

Conference Reception – Monday 26th November, Aula Maxima, University College Cork.

Taste of Cork – Tuesday 27th November at The Holy Smoke

Conference Registration

Registration is now open. Please use this link to register!

The conference is approved for CPD credit and delegates will get a certificate of attendance.

Maps and Locations


Poster Submissions

Poster titles and abstracts can be submitted to

The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday October 31st at 5pm.


Special rates are available at a number of hotels in Cork.

Conference Partners


Industry Partners

Industry Partners Website Links

Social Media

Delegates attending the conference can tweet using #AHFC2018 or follow us @AllHazards

School of Chemistry


University College Cork, College Rd, Cork, Ireland