The ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have required us to configure this STRmix™ full training workshop to be remotely delivered using the Zoom virtual meeting platform (https://zoom.us/(external link)).

Spaces are limited, so please download the registration form by clicking here [PDF, 68 KB], and then email it to rena.lawless@esr.cri.nz before 18 August 2021 to register your interest (1 form per participant).  This training is in the latest major version release of STRmix™, and is open for attendance by scientific experts that act for prosecution or defense legal teams. Attendance will be confirmed once minimum attendee numbers are met.

General meeting instructions:  Please note the following requirements for participation in this remotely delivered STRmix™ 4-day training workshop:

  • Participants are responsible for provision of a PC and internet (broadband) connection that is capable of both receiving and transmitting uninterrupted audio and video via Zoom meetings. It is strongly recommended participants join via a download of Zoom. You can test your internet connection by joining a test meeting at https://zoom.us/test(external link).  Further information about how to join a Zoom meeting can be found at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206175806#h_bd83fa44-e32f-47b6-8fd6-0e2d1eb6077b(external link)
  • Confirmed participants will be provided beforehand with a Zoom meeting invite for this training comprising a Zoom meeting ID and password. This must not be shared with non-participants.
  • Participants are requested to join the Zoom meeting promptly as follows:
    • with microphone muted, and
    • displaying the same name they have registered with, to ensure smooth access to the training.
    • from the same PC they will be using to run STRmix™ during the training.
  • It is a requirement that participants join Zoom for this training via computer audio and video (not via telephone)

Workshop price: $US 2,000 per participant

Overview:  This workshop will provide participants with extensive and full STRmix™ user training, covering likelihood ratios and sampling uncertainty, introduction to STRmix™, and a detailed description of the molecular models and mathematics on which STRmix™ is based.  Also included are ample “hands on” sessions to allow participants to use and familiarise themselves with STRmix™ under the guidance of the instructors.

 Participants will also receive:

  • the STRmix™ User’s manual (electronic PDF), with a companion text which describes in detail the mathematics and biology behind STRmix™, the database search and model maker functions
  • the STRmix™ Operation Manual and STRmix™ Implementation and Validation guide (electronic PDF)
  • a 2-month evaluation version of STRmix™
  • electronic copies of training material (for download prior to the training)
  • a certificate of attendance (after completion).

Online pre-workshop training modules:  Prior to the training, participants will be provided with online access to the following introductory training modules via the Talent LMS e-learning platform (https://www.talentlms.com/(external link)).  For best results, these must be completed prior to the training:

  • Introduction to probability
  • Population Genetics
  • What is a likelihood ratio?

STRmix™ Evaluation version installation: This will be a remote installation of STRmix™ approximately a week before the start of the workshop.  A laptop is required during the workshop and the specifications are as follows:

 

Minimum specifications

Recommended specifications

Intel core 2 (Quad core) processor

Intel core i5, i7 processor  or better

4 GB RAM

16 GB RAM

300MB free HDD space

300MB free HDD space

Minimum of 2 cores

Minimum of 4 cores

Windows 7 or above

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

 

 

Software specifications:

  • Windows 7 service pack 1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
  • MS Excel
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Zoom

 

Draft schedule (subject to minor changes): 

Time

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

 

0900 - 0930

1.Introduction

Day 1 review

Day 2 review

Day 3 review

 

2. Continuous models. Why move?

14. Variability in the LR (sampling error and the HPD)

 EXERCISE

19b.EXERCISE Moot court

 

0930 - 1000

9. EXERCISE. The MCMC game & Robot

 

3. Introduction to LRs 

15. Relatives and unified LR 

 

1000 - 1030

20. Database searching

& EXERCISE. Database search functions

 

1030 - 1100

4. Introduction to STRmix™

 

1100 - 1130

5. EXERCISE. Single source and mixture examples

10. Number of contributors

16. EXERCISE. NIST mix 

21. EXERCISE. Casework examples

 

1130 - 1200

 

1200 - 1300

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

 

1300 - 1330

6. The biological model

11. EXERCISE. Number of contributors

17. EXERCISE. NIST mix continued

22. Replicates & Multi Kits

 

1330 - 1400

12. Population Genetic Models

(NRC II report & recommendations 4.1 and 4.2)

 

1400 - 1430

7. Verbalizing LRs and hypothesis setting and EXERCISE

 18. Developmental Validation

23. Workflows discussion

 

1430 - 1500

24. Implementation discussion

 

1500 - 1530

 13. STRmix™ output and diagnostics

&

EXERCISE

19a. EXERCISE Moot Court

 

1530 - 1600

8. STRmix™ profile building and locus weights

25. Wrap up

 

1600 - 1630

Close

Close

 

1630+

Close

Close

 

 

 

 

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