Starts 20 May 2019
Ends 24 May 2019
Central European Time
Kastler Lecture Hall (AGH)
Via Grignano, 9 I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
Accelerator-based analytical techniques for elemental and molecular analysis in forensic science have a great potential in key areas as crime investigations, food, drug and cultural heritage authentication. Although, these analytical techniques are readily available and routinely applied in research, there is still a considerable gap when it comes to forensics applications.

The workshop will provide an advanced training and information exchange platform both for accelerator scientists and forensic end-users. Review of analytical capabilities of accelerator-based techniques including state-of-the-art and technical challenges will be followed by providing guidelines and case studies on how to extend the applicability of accelerator-based techniques to forensics science. A poster session is organized to present and discuss the participants’ research results. Visit of Sincrotrone Elettra and a Forensic Laboratory, will provide hands-on experience. The workshop is open both for young and experienced scientists, forensic experts and policy makers.

  • Introduction to forensic science, key aspects;
  • Current challenges and unresolved issues in forensic science where nuclear technology can have a key role;
  • Use of technology to fight crime and recent trends of the counterfeiting phenomenon;
  • Recent advances of accelerator-based (AMS, IBA and SR) analytical techniques relevant to forensics applications;
  • Emerging accelerator-based and complementary (e.g. SIMS, NAA, XRF etc.) techniques;
  • Analytical challenges in forensics applications e.g.: parallel elemental and molecular analysis and imaging, analysis of soft matter, multilayers, rough surfaces; high sensitivity and resolution, accuracy, damage, data interpretation etc.;
  • Case studies and success stories of nuclear technologies applied to forensic science.


Nuno P. Barradas, IAEA, Austria
Melanie Bailey, University of Surrey, England
Thomas Calligaro, C2RMF-AGLAE, France
Johnny Ferraz Dias, UFRGS, Brazil
Irka Hajdas, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Marco Musumeci, UNICRI, Switzerland
Franco Zanini, Sincrotrone Elettra, Trieste, Italy


A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.



Aliz Simon (IAEA), Francesco Saverio Romolo (SAPIENZA Universita' di Roma, Italy), Local Organiser: Sandro Scandolo