The ESC doctoral program brings together PhD students of the School of Criminal Justice (École des Sciences Criminelles – ESC, University of Lausanne) as well as any PhD student from a university delivering a PhD in forensic science or criminology. The aim of the program is to allow PhD students to develop their network as well as cross-disciplinary skills to successfully conduct their research and prepare them for their professional career. This objective is achieved by offering specialized workshops and activities in the frame of a summer school. The proposed activities promote the active participation of the PhD students, for example by allowing them to present their work through lectures and posters sessions or video capsules.

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22 – 25 August, 2022
Aquatis Hotel, conference center and aquarium, Lausanne, Switzerland
For whom?
PhD students in forensic science and criminology
How much?
Conference fees free of charge (see fees section for more details)
Certificate of Attendance delivered 
Deadline for registration and abstract submission?
11 April 2022
For the 2022 edition, we will be honored to host the following speakers:

Dr Rebecca Bucht is the Head of CSI services at the Forensic Science Laboratory of the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation.

Rebecca received her PhD in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Forensic Science from the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York in 2010. She did her dissertation research at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she also taught as an adjunct professor for the Forensic Science department.Her dissertation involved the use of multivariate statistics and quantitative x-ray diffraction data for forensic examination of duct tapes. In addition to this, she also spent time at John Jay looking into on the use of polarized light to visualize and document blood stains on dark surfaces.

Prior to returning to her native Finland in 2017, she worked as a consultant for the US DOJ International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Training Program (ICITAP) as a senior forensic advisor for the program in Algeria and with smaller roles in the Philippines, Tanzania, Brazil and Tunisia. Her current interests include strategies for improving the contribution of forensic science to the criminal justice system, advocating for the benefits of a holistic approach to forensic science as well as operational solutions for mitigating the effects of cognitive biases in forensic examination procedures.

Professor Niamh NicDaeid (BSc BA PhD FRSE, FRSC, CChem, FCSFS, FICI, FFireInv). Professor of Forensic Science, Director, Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee.

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid is an award winning Chartered Chemist and authorised forensic scientist. She is a Professor of Forensic Science and Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee. She has been involved in forensic science education, research and casework for over 28 years.  She has held leadership positions with the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) as a past chair of the fire and explosion investigation working group and has chaired the INTERPOL forensic science managers symposium, a triannual meeting of forensic science laboratory directors from around the World.  She was vice chair of the scientific advisory board of the International Criminal Court for 6 years and acts as a forensic expert advisor to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  She is an appointed Commissioner on the Dundee Drugs Commission investigating drug related deaths in Dundee.

She is a registered forensic practitioner with the UK National Crime Agency and is authorised as a Forensic Chemist under the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 undertaking case work in fire investigation and the analysis of controlled substances. She led the development of Codes of Practice for fire investigation in the UK and Europe and international analytical guidance in drugs for the United Nations. She sits on the steering committee of the Judicial primers project led by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and the Lord President of Scotland in collaboration with the Royal Society and Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Niamh is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and has received a range awards including the ENFSI distinguished forensic scientist award, the Pete Ganci award for services to fire investigation, the Stephen Fry Award for public engagement and the Royal Society of Edinburgh Medal for public engagement.  She has published over 200 peer reviewed research papers and book chapters and holds a research grant portfolio in excess of £27 million.

Kyle Treiber has a background in psychology with a focus on neuroscience, and criminology with a focus on theory testing and person-environment interactions. Her research and teaching build on these expertise to study criminal behaviour as an outcome of the interplay between social and individual (including biological) factors, with a key focus on integrating neuropsychological and criminological knowledge to advance our understanding of the causes of crime and practical avenues for policy and practice. She is particularly interested in action decision making and the role of experiential content, neurocognitive machinery, and the coordination of cognitive/rational/deliberate and affective/intuitive/habitual capacities in the development of crime propensities and their expression in criminal behavior.

Dr Treiber’s work is situated within the Centre for Analytic Criminology, housed in the Cambridge Institute of Criminology. She is Deputy Director of the Centre’s primary research project, the multilevel, longitudinal Peterborough Adolescent of Young Adult Development Study (PADS+). She has been responsible for developing the neurocognitive and biopsychological dimensions of the study as well as its guiding theoretical framework, Situational Action Theory. Dr Treiber has experience both in developmental and social ecological research methods and analytical techniques, and is particularly interested in advancing knowledge about how neuropsychological factors are situated within a wider behavioural context. This extends into the domain of cross-comparative research in collaboration with related studies testing Situational Action Theory around the world.

Paolo Campana is a University Associate Professor in Criminology and Complex Networks at the University of Cambridge (UK) and an Official Fellow of Darwin College Cambridge. Prior to moving to Cambridge, Paolo was a Research Fellow at the Extra-Legal Governance Institute, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He was also a member of the Centre for Corporate Reputation at the Said Business School, Oxford. Previously, he held positions as a Research Officer at the Centre for Criminology (University of Oxford) and then a Research Associate at the same centre. He holds a PhD from the University of Turin.

Paolo's work specialises in organised crime and criminal networks. He is currently working on illegal governance in local communities, the emergence of systemic violence, the impact of technology on human trafficking and issues related to migrant smuggling. He has a strong interest in the application of network analysis techniques to the study of organised forms of criminality.

Paolo’s work has appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Social Networks, British Journal of Criminology, Crime and Justice, Theoretical Criminology, European Journal of Criminology, Journal of Drug Issues, Rationality and Society, European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, Policing, Trends in Organised Crime, Global Crime, and Methodological Innovations, among other outlets. He has recently completed a study on Online and Technology-Facilitated Trafficking in Human Being for the Council of Europe. His work has been translated into Chinese, French and Italian.

For the 2022 edition, we will be honored to host the following doctors:

Aline Girod-Frais completed her studies in forensic science at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland with a Bachelor's degree (BSc.), Master's degree (MSc.) and a PhD thesis on the topic of fingermark composition and aging and the development of a dating method (2015). She then worked as a crime scene investigator at the Aargau Cantonal Police (CH) before moving to the University of Vienna in December 2015 to conduct her postdoctoral research entitled "On the application of forensic science in Austria", which was supported by the SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation) and the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) until 2018. Since 2016, Aline Girod-Frais also works as a lecturer (University of Vienna, FH Campus Wien) and forensic consultant (Laboratory and Scientific Section, UNODC, Vienna). Since 2019, Aline Girod-Frais works as a forensic expert at the Crime Scene Office of the Austrian Criminal Intelligence Service in Vienna (Bundeskriminalamt Wien).

Denis Werner obtained a BSc, an MSc and soon a PhD in forensic science at the Ecole des science criminelles of the University of Lausanne, where he worked for several years as teaching and research assistant in forensic science. As part of his PhD and other projects, Denis contributed to various courses to both BSc and MSc degree student, as well as law enforcement specialists, while participating in several research projects related to several areas of forensic activities. He also did forensic casework across different fields for Swiss and foreign judicial authorities.

Denis joined the University of Derby (UK) in October 2021 as lecturer in forensic science. He is involved in teaching various modules for the BSc and soon the MSc in forensic science program, in particular modules relating to crime scene investigation, physical identification, chemical criminalistics, and traces interpretation.

His ongoing research includes among others the source inference of ignitable liquids extracted from fire debris using chemometric methods, the combination of the analysis and interpretation of both organic and inorganic GSR, the variability and reproducibility of acquired characteristics on shoe soles, or even the analyse of the development, production, trafficking and use of 3D printed firearms and firearms’ components.
Claudia Campistol, PhD. in Criminology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She is presently coordinator-animator of the pilot project Objectif Désistance (Commission latine de probation, Lausanne) that supports people under probation for a gradual disengagement from delinquent behaviour. She is also part-time working with the International Institute for the Rights of the Child (IDE) in the Data collection project on juvenile justice and the Open University of Catalonia. Her main fields of interest are juvenile justice, restorative justice and desistance from crime.
Doctor Lisa Benaglia works as an Intelligence Analyst at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Intelligence and Investigations Department. She joined WADA in 2018 to work on “Operation LIMS”, the probe into institutionalized doping in Russia, to build cases against protected Russian athletes. She then worked on Operation Arrow, an investigation into the practice of sample substitution and use of doppelgangers in the sport of weightlifting. Doctor Benaglia’s daily work consists in producing operational and strategic intelligence to support international-scale investigations, together with various anti-doping actors, such as science experts, lawyers, public or private sporting bodies and law enforcement. Dr Benaglia was trained in this transdisciplinary approach during her studies at the School of Criminal Justice of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where she completed her PhD in forensic science. Her research focused on using wastewater-based epidemiology to assess the illicit drug use of specific populations, such as the festive and prison populations. It demonstrated the utility of wastewater-based epidemiology as an indicator to monitor such abuse, in order to provide useful information about their nature and extent, to eventually develop tailored prevention and harm-reduction measures.
Dr. Pauline Fritsch graduated with a PhD in biology from the University of Fribourg. Her enthusiasm for the support for early career researchers then led her to become part of the community of professionals in doctoral education in Switzerland. After coordinating doctoral programmes in biology at the University of Neuchâtel for two years, she joined the Graduate Campus of the University of Lausanne on February 1st, 2022.

The Graduate Campus team provides direct and indirect support for all doctoral and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Lausanne. A center of expertise on the doctorate, it acts as an institutional contact for all faculties, making the bridge between the Rectorate and doctoral offices within the faculties. It coordinates the Annual Thesis Survey, with the goal of ensuring the good management of all doctoral thesis, and an annual PhD Career Survey to provide knowledge on the career paths taken by UNIL graduates. It also offers workshops on different topics, from “Getting your thesis off to a good start”, to “Leadership”, “Academic Careers”, and many more.

Dr. Pauline Fritsch will introduce and lead discussions on the doctoral experience: the context of doing a PhD, the roles and duties of both PhD candidates and supervisors, the common challenges encountered by each party, and career perspectives after the PhD. The UNIL Code of Practice for the Doctorate will be used as a basis for discussion, illustrating best practices in doctoral supervision.
Between a university career in psychology and criminology, which led her to obtain her doctorate in criminology, and evening classes in communication and marketing, Sara Aniello is now a project manager and the director's right-hand woman in a company specialising in food supplements. Although she left the academic career rather quickly, she still had the honour of publishing her first research paper and developing an atypical career path rich in experience, from scientific research to event organisation, through writing and project management.

International PhD students from a university delivering a PhD in forensic science or criminology. Please note that participants will be asked to present a part of their PhD research orally, through a poster or a video capsule.

In the past years, participants were coming from many different countries such as Australia, Canada, China, Croatia, France, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. 

Preliminary program subject to changes.

Fees (500 CHF including conference hall, lunch, coffee break, gala dinner and social event) are covered by the University of Lausanne for all the accepted participants. Dinners are not included except Wednesday (social event).

Hotel and travel costs are borne by the participants. Special conference rates can be requested directly at the Aquatis hotel (price per night and per person: 153.10 CHF single room, 88.10 CHF double room, double occupancy). Other accommodation options are also available in Lausanne at your own organization.

10 scholarships will be offered for foreign PhD students based on the abstract selection, to cover 4 hotel nights in double rooms (double occupancy) at the Aquatis hotel (21 to 25 of August). Request for a scholarship needs to be indicated in the registration.

Participants should send their abstracts and registration through the on-line application form.

Preferred presentation format should be requested: oral presentation, video capsule or poster

Please use the following template to submit your abstract and specify if you wish to present your topic with an oral presentation, a poster or a video capsule.

Program Manager
Geneviève Massonnet
Program Coordinator
Delphine Sarrasin

 Registration and abstract submission
(include request for scholarship here)