Plenary Speakers


Prof Sue Black

Sue is Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee and Deputy Principal.

She is a forensic anthropologist and an anatomist, founder and past President of the British Association for Human Identification, and advisor to the Home Office and Interpol on issues pertaining to forensic anthropology in disaster victim identification (DVI).  She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), a Fellow of the Society of Biology and a certified forensic anthropologist.

She was awarded an OBE in 2001 for her services to forensic anthropology in Kosovo, the Lucy Mair medal for humanitarian services and a police commendation for DVI training in 2008, Hon Prof of Anatomy for the Royal Scottish Academy in 2014 and the Fletcher of Saltoun award for her contribution to Scottish culture also in 2014. She was awarded both the Brian Cox and the Stephen Fry awards for public engagement with research and in 2013 her Centre was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. Her research was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education research project of the year.


Dr John M. Butler

John has a B.S. in chemistry from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Virginia. His Ph.D. research, which was conducted in the FBI Laboratory's Forensic Science Research Unit with Bruce McCord, involved pioneering the techniques now used worldwide in modern forensic DNA testing.


He is a NIST Fellow and Special Assistant to the Director for Forensic Science at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is author of the internationally acclaimed textbook Forensic DNA Typing-now in its third edition-as well as 150 scientific articles and invited book chapters. In August 2011, announced that he was number one in the world as a high-impact author (number of citations per paper published) in legal medicine and forensic science for the decade of 2001-2011. He and his wife have six children, all of whom have been proven to be theirs through DNA testing.


Dr Itiel Dror

Itiel is a cognitive neuroscientist who received his PhD from Harvard in the area of cognitive factors in human expert performance. His insights and understanding of the human brain and cognitive system underpin his applied work with Air Force pilots, medical experts, as well as forensic scientists and experts in other domains.


In the forensic domain he has led to the understanding that the perceptions and cognitions of the human examiner play a key role in forensic work. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles specifically looking at cognitive factors that mediate human expert performance, and has developed best practices in forensic work.

He has provided training on 'Cognitive Factors in Forensic Decision Making' to forensic laboratories across the United States, Canada, Australia, Finland, The Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom.


Glenn Langenburg

Glenn is a certified latent print examiner at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in the United States and also manages a consulting business (Elite Forensic Services, LLC).

He has experience with crime scenes and bloodstain pattern evidence and he is certified as a general criminalist by the American Board of Criminalistics. Glenn has a B.S. in Forensic Science, a M.S. in Analytical Chemistry, and a Ph.D. in Forensic Science from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. His thesis, "A Critical Analysis and Study of the ACE-V Process", focuses on decision-making and the application of ACE-V by fingerprint experts.

Glenn has lectured and hosted workshops nationally and internationally at forensic science conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe on topics including Daubert issues, research, probabilistic approach, error rates, and fingerprint methodology.  He has published numerous research articles in peer reviewed journals.  Glenn had the privilege of serving the fingerprint community as a member of SWGFAST (Scientific Working Group for Friction Ridge Analysis, Study, and Technology) for 10 years.  He also co-hosts a weekly podcast, "The Double Loop Podcast", on fingerprint topics with Eric Ray.

Most recently, Glenn has taken on a new role at the Minnesota BCA as a Forensic Science Supervisor of the Drug Chemistry Section.

Prof Olivier Ribaux

Olivier is a full Professor of forensic intelligence at the School of Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. After his 10 years career as a crime analyst at a Swiss canton's police, he joined the University to conduct researches at the border of forensic science and criminology.

His studies range from the formalisation of methods to the development of computerised tools, mostly for the analysis of repetitive crimes. Much of his work has been implemented in operational policing environments. He trains students, law enforcement officers and magistrates in crime analysis and forensic intelligence.

He is the author of many peer-reviewed scientific publications, book chapters and is the author of a book on forensic intelligence (in French).  He is now Director of the School, as well as vice-Dean of the Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration faculty.

Prof Paul Roberts

Paul is Professor of Criminal Jurisprudence in the University of Nottingham School of Law and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

His current research includes a major collaborative project, sponsored by the Royal Statistical Society, to produce Practitioner Guides for lawyers, judges and forensic scientists on the use of statistical evidence and probabilistic reasoning in criminal proceedings: see,uk/statsandlaw.

His other major publications include: Roberts and Zuckerman, Criminal Evidence (OUP, 2/e 2010); Roberts (ed), Expert Evidence and Scientific Proof in Criminal Trials (Ashgate, 2014); Roberts (ed), Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Trial Procedure (Ashgate, 2014); Roberts and Hunter (eds), Criminal Evidence and Human Rights (Hart, 2012); Roberts and Redmayne (eds), Innovations in Evidence and Proof (Hart, 2007); and Roberts and Wilmore, The Role of Forensic Science Evidence in Criminal Proceedings, RCCJ Research Study No.11 (HMSO, 1993); in addition to which he has published over 100 articles, book chapters, and reviews, and presented keynote lectures and conference papers in more than twenty countries.

Paul is a past editor of the International Journal of Evidence and Proof (E & P), and has served as a consultant to the English and Scottish Law Commissions, the Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales, and the Forensic Science Regulator. He is a member of the International Association of Evidence Science and of the organising committee of the International Conference on Forensic Inference and Statistics (ICFIS).

Armon Tamatea

Armon is a clinical psychologist of Maori (Rongowhakaata; Te Aitanga-A-Maahaki) and English descent who served as a clinician and senior research advisor for the Department of Corrections (New Zealand) before being appointed senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Waikato.

He has worked extensively in the assessment and treatment of violent and sexual offenders, and contributed to the design and implementation of an experimental prison-based violence prevention programme for high-risk offenders diagnosed with psychopathy.

His research interests include psychopathy, New Zealand gang communities, and exploring culturally-informed approaches to offender management.  He is also New Zealand editor for Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand: An Interdisciplinary Journal.  Armon currently divides his professional time between teaching, research, supervision, and clinical practice in the criminal justice arena.

Judge Arthur Tompkins

Arthur has been a District Court Judge in New Zealand since 1997.  He holds general and jury warrants, and presides over summary and jury trials. He has been a Panel Convenor of the New Zealand Parole Board since 2003, and is a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pitcairn Island.

He gained his Bachelor's degree with Honours in Law from Canterbury University, Christchurch, in 1983, and graduated Masters in Law, with First Class Honours, from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, England, in 1984.

He is an Honorary Member of Interpol's Forensic DNA Monitoring Expert Group, and has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars, and delivered at public lectures both here in New Zealand and throughout the world, on forensic DNA and related topics, including presentations at Interpol's regular International Forensic DNA Users Conferences at Interpol's General Secretariat in Lyon, France, and at Interpol sponsored or related workshops and symposia in China, Mauritius and Abu Dhabi.

Each year he travels to Umbria, in Italy, where he teaches Art Crime in War as part of the Postgraduate Certificate Program in International Art Crime and Heritage Protection, presented annually by the Association for Research into Crimes against Art, in a small, ancient Umbrian hill-top town north of Rome. 

He has completed each part of the annual Coast to Coast multisport race across the South island, but thus far not all in the same year!