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

Spaces are limited and filling up fast, so please download the registration form by clicking here [PDF, 73 KB], and then email it to rena.lawless@esr.cri.nz before 28 March 2022 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 defence 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 shortly 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: EUR 1,740 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 training modules:  Prior to the training, participants will be provided with online access to supplementary training modules about Population Genetic Models and Likelihood Ratios via the Talent LMS e-learning platform (https://www.talentlms.com/(external link)).  These will remain available for a limited period after the workshop.  For best results, please complete these modules prior to the training.

STRmix™ Evaluation version installation: This will be a remote installation of STRmix™ approximately a week before the start of the workshop.  Please follow the Test your STRmix™ run online training module to confirm successful operation of the software prior to the start of the workshop.  A laptop is required during the workshop and the specifications are as follows:

 

Minimum specifications

Recommended specifications

Intel core (Quad core) processor

Intel core i5, i7 2.6 GHz

4 GB RAM

16 GB RAM

300MB free HDD space

300MB free HDD space

Minimum of 4 cores

Minimum of 4 cores

Windows 10 or above

Windows 10 Professional 64 bit or above

Software specifications:

  • Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
  • MS Excel
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Zoom


Draft schedule (subject to minor changes): 

 CEST

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

0800 - 0830

1. Course introduction

Day 1 review

Day 2 review

Day 3 review

7. STRmix™ profile building and locus weights

12. STRmix™ intelligence tools: Database search and mix to mix matching

16.STRmix™ in court

0830 - 0900

2. Continuous models: Why move?

0900 - 1000

3. Introduction to STRmix™

17. EXERCISE: Casework examples

1000 - 1015

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

1015 - 1200

4. The Biological Model (DAT)

8. EXERCISE: The MCMC game

13.  NIST MIX13

17. EXERCISE: Casework examples (continued)

18. Workflows

1200 - 1230

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

1230 - 1400

5. EXERCISE: Single-source and mixture examples

9.  Assigning the number of contributors

14.  Relatives and the unified LR

19. Implementation and Validation

10. EXERCISE: NOC

1400 - 1415

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

Wrap up & close

1415 - 1530

6. Replicates & Multi-kits (R & B)

11.  STRmix™ output and run diagnostics incl. EXERCISE

15. STRmix™ Developmental validation

 

 

1530+

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