On Wednesday 7th June 2017 the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science is hosting a one-day International Wildlife Forensics Symposium, bringing together Enforcement, Policy and Forensic Science professionals working to reduce wildlife crime. Presentations and discussions throughout the day will focus on what forensic science can offer to wildlife law enforcement, and how wildlife forensics can be developed and applied to support the needs of investigators.

We are pleased to announce that the Symposium will be officially opened by the Rt. Hon. Roseanna Cunningham MSP, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

Our keynote speaker for the event will be Mr Steven Broad, Executive Director of TRAFFIC, who has a wealth of knowledge concerning the global illegal wildlife trade and approaches for tackling the issue from range state to consumer.  The Symposium will focus on four main themes within wildlife law enforcement:

  • Transnational Wildlife Trade
  • Illegal, Unreported & Unregulated Fishing
  • Illegal Timber Trade
  • National Wildlife Crime

International invited speakers will be drawn from science, enforcement and policy backgrounds to share experience and provoke debate.

Who should attend?

Representatives from government and non-government agencies involved in wildlife crime reduction are invited to the one-day Symposium to meet with wildlife forensic scientists attending the week-long SWFS conference.

Information on speakers in the plenary and themed sessions are provided below and will be updated over time.  The Symposium programme is designed to maximise opportunities for interaction, debate and networking. All delegates will be together for the morning session before breaking into four parallel themed sessions in the afternoon.

Registration includes morning refreshments, lunch and afternoon tea.

Following the conclusion of the formal discussion sessions, delegates will be able to enjoy an evening reception at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.