The Forensic Institute Research Network is an international collaboration of universities created in September 2004.
FIRN is a cooperative with the single aim,
“To improve the quality and quantity of forensic science research and teaching” .
The Forensic Institute provides support for FIRN’s
activities. Currently, the main projects are:
FORREST, the FORensic RESearch and Teaching
conference. The fifth FORREST
Conference was held at the Liverpool John Moores University
in 2009, this year's FORREST Conference is at Coventry University.
The launch of an online, open access, peer-reviewed
journal with areas for refereed
research papers, short technical reports, case
histories, letters, and abstracts and proceedings
from FORREST and associated conferences.
The creation of online databases for trace
evidence prevalence to aid in operational work.
The development of a comprehensive integrated
research strategy for the evidential process.
To become a member of FIRN you must be an
academic, practitioner, or postgraduate student
with a legitimate interest in forensic science
research or teaching. FIRN is managed by a
Board drawn from the membership and the Board’s
role is to provide strategic direction to FIRN,
coordinate its numerous projects, and to act
on behalf of the membership.
For information about FIRN's board members please
see the FIRN management board page
FIRN related links
Recent Forensic Institute Publications >>
FORensic RESearch and Teaching (FORREST) Conference >>
FIRN Management Board >>