Spaces are limited for this in-person training workshop, so please download and complete the registration form here [PDF, 125 KB],  then email it to rena.lawless@esr.cri.nz before 30 Sept 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 defense legal teams. Attendance will be confirmed once minimum attendee numbers are met.

Please note: We will monitor ongoing effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and should travel restrictions occur, we retain the option of reconfiguring this STRmix™ full training workshop to be remotely delivered using the Zoom virtual meeting platform (https://zoom.us/(external link)).

Workshop Information:

Date:            5-8 December 2022 (4 days)

Location:     Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory, Forensic Science Center, 10900 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33778 (travellers please note that the closest airport is Tampa)

Workshop price: $US 3,200 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), 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 STRmix™ Training Manual providing a hard-copy reference of the workshop presentations
  • a 2-month evaluation version of STRmix™
  • electronic copies of training materials (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 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?

Supplementary training modules covering additional material will also be provided for a limited period via the same platform.

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 or better

Intel core i5, i7 2.6 GHz or better

8 GB RAM

16 GB RAM

300MB free HDD space

300MB free HDD space

Minimum of 4 cores

Minimum of 4 cores

Windows 10 64-bit or above

Windows 10 Professional 64-bit or above

Software specifications:

  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • MS Excel
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

 

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

 

19b.EXERCISE Moot court

0930 - 1000

9. EXERCISE. The MCMC game

3. Introduction to LRs 

15. Relatives and unified LR 

1000 - 1030

20. Database search functionalities

& EXERCISE.

1030 - 1100

4. Introduction to STRmix™

1100 - 1130

5. EXERCISE. Single source and mixture examples

10. Assigning the number of contributors

16. EXERCISE. NIST mix13 

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 mix13 continued

22. Workflows

1330 - 1400

12. Population Genetic Models

1400 - 1430

7. Verbalizing LRs and hypothesis setting and EXERCISE

 18. STRmix™ Developmental Validation

23. Implementation & Validation discussion

1430 - 1500

24. Wrap Up

1500 - 1530

 13. STRmix™ output and diagnostics

&

EXERCISE

19a. EXERCISE Moot Court

1530 - 1600

8. STRmix™ profile building and locus weights

Close

1600 - 1630

Close

 

1630+

Close

Close

 

 

 

 

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