DFRWS EU 2020 will be hosted in the UK, at the University of Oxford, which is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research, and the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

The conference will be held within the Andrew Wiles Building, which is the home of the Mathematical Institute, and also contains the largest purpose-built lecture theatres and conference facilities in Oxford.

The city of Oxford is a diverse and historic city, just 57 miles (92 km) to the west of London and well connected to the rest of the UK. Oxford today is a modern and forward-looking city, and one of the greenest cities in the south of England with extensive parkland and meadows within the city boundaries. It is surrounded by rolling countryside – the Cotswolds, Chilterns and North Wessex Downs and the rivers Thames and Cherwell run through it.

Conference Location:

Oxford United Kingdom



DFRWS invites contributions in five categories

  • Research papers
  • Practitioner / industry researcher presentations
  • Hands-on workshops / tutorials
  • Panel discussions
  • Demos and posters

RESEARCH PAPERS undergo double-blinded peer review, and the proceedings are published by Elsevier as a special issue of the Journal of Digital Investigation.

PRESENTATIONS, POSTERS, and DEMOS require a brief proposal, not a paper. These proposals undergo a light review process to select presentations of maximal interest to DFRWS attendees, and to filter out sales pitches. Presentation proposals must specify their target length from the following options: 20 minutes, 120 minutes (2 hours), 240 minutes (4 hours), or full day. Note, longer presentations and hands-on tutorials are referred to as ‘workshops’ described below.

WORKSHOPS / TUTORIALS can be several hours or full day, and typically include hands-on participation by attendees, allowing for an in-depth, detailed exploration of tools and techniques of interest to DFRWS attendees. Workshops can cover state-of-the-art research projects, useful tips and techniques for standard tools, or most anything that DFRWS attendees would consider beneficial. While commercial tools can be used, these workshops or tutorials should NOT be thinly-veiled commercial advertisements.

PANEL PROPOSALS: These should be one to three pages and clearly describe the topic, its relevance, and a list of potential panelists and their biographies. Panels will be evaluated based on the topic relevance and diversity of the panelists.

DFRWS will provide one free conference registration for each accepted workshop / tutorial.

Submission Information

Submission criteria and templates are provided here: Proposal Requirements & Submission Instructions

All research paper and practitioner presentation submissions must be submitted through the EasyChair site. Submissions must be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Tutorial/workshop proposals must be emailed to eu-workshops <at> dfrws <dot> org in PDF or plain text format.

Panel proposals must be emailed to eu-panels <at> dfrws <dot> org in PDF or plain text format.

Contact Information

For questions related to paper, presentation, and demo submissions, please send email to: eu-papers <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions about workshop/tutorial proposals, please send email to: eu-workshops <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions related to the organisation of DFRWS EU 2020 please send email to: eu <at> dfrws <dot> org

Student Scholarship and Award Program

DFRWS continues its outreach to students studying digital forensics. DFRWS and its sponsors will award one or more Student Travel Scholarships each year to students who present their accepted research papers. One scholarship will be awarded to the Best Student Research Paper awardee. More travel scholarships may be awarded, depending on sponsorship funding each year. Exact award amounts will vary, but are estimated to be between $1,000-$1,500 per award. Students must register (and pay the registration fee) for the conference and cover all travel expenses. The travel scholarships will be dispersed at the conference to reimburse student travel costs. DFRWS will notify the recipient of the Best Student Research Paper award on or before the conference registration deadline. Other awards (e.g. industry sponsored awards for research in specific topic areas) may be awarded after the registration deadline and are fully contingent on scholarship sponsorship by industry each year. Refer to the website for further details regarding eligibility, funding and selection (Student Scholarship & Award Program).

Topics of Interest

DFRWS welcomes new perspectives that push the envelope of what is currently possible in digital forensics. Potential topics to be addressed by submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Machine learning and data mining for digital evidence extraction/query
  • Social networking analysis and OSINT (Open Source Intelligence)
  • Malware and targeted attacks (analysis and attribution)
  • Forensics analysis and visualization of Big Data
  • Non-traditional forensic scenarios / contexts
  • Network and distributed system forensics
  • Mobile and embedded device forensics
  • Cloud and virtualized environments
  • Vehicle forensics (e.g., drones, cars)
  • SCADA / industrial control systems
  • Covert channels (e.g. TOR, VPN)
  • Implanted medical devices
  • Smart power grids
  • Smart buildings
  • Virtual currency
  • Digital forensic preparedness / readiness
  • Digital investigation case management
  • Digital evidence sharing and exchange
  • Digital forensic triage / survey
  • Digital forensic tool validation
  • Event reconstruction methods and tools
  • Digital evidence and the law
  • Case studies and trend reports
  • Anti-forensics and anti-anti-forensics

Click Here To Proposal Requirements


Deadlines Date Event Name
04/10/2019 Papers / Presentations / Panel Proposals Submission Deadline
25/10/2019 Workshop / Tutorials Proposals Submission Deadline
20/12/2019 Camera Ready Paper Submission and Presenter Registration
10/01/2020 Demo / Poster Proposals Submission Deadline


Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Chris Hargreaves, Ph.D. (University of Oxford)

Program Co-Chair

Mark Scanlon, Ph.D. (University College Dublin)

Program Co-Chair

Harold Baier, Ph.D. (Hochschule Darmstadt)

Chief Organizational Officer

Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions and DFRWS)

Local Arrangements Co-Chair

Scar de Courcier (Forensic Focus)

Workshop Chair

Frank Breitinger (University of New Haven)

Workshop Chair

John Sheppard (Waterford Institute of Technology)

Forensic Challenge Chair

Eoghan Casey, Ph.D. (University of Lausanne)

Poster Chair

Jens-Petter Sandvik (Norwegian University of Technology and Science)

Proceedings Chair

Babak Habibnia (University College Dublin)

Web Chair

Mark Scanlon, Ph.D. (University College Dublin)

Outreach and Social Media Chair

Scar de Courcier (Forensic Focus)

Technical Program Committee

Frank Adelstein

NFA Digital

Abhijit Ambekar

Olga Angelopoulou

University of New Haven

Cosimo Anglano

Universitá del Piemonte Orientale

Harald Baier

University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt

Nicole Beebe, Ph.D.


Emmanuel Benoist

David Billard

University of Applied Sciences in Geneva

Elias Bou-Harb

National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance / Concordia University

Owen Brady

King's College London

Frank Breitinger

University of New Haven

Ahmad Raza Cheema

National University of Sciences and Technology

Jack Cole

Patrick De Smet


Mattia Epifani


Katrin Franke

Norwegian University of Technology and Science

Felix Freiling


Zeno Geradts

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Pavel Gladyshev, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Oliver Goebel

Michael Gruhn

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Detlef Guenther

Volkswagen AG

Hans Henseler, Ph.D.

University of Applied Sciences Leiden

Mario Hildebrandt

Universität Magdeburg

Jan-Niclas Hilgert

Graeme Horsman

Joshua James

Digital Forensic Investigation Research Laboratory, Hallym University

David-Olivier Jaquet-Chiffelle

University of Lausanne

Christian Keil


Stefan Kiltz

Universität Magdeburg

Christian Kraetzer

Hanno Langweg

HTWG Konstanz

Nhien An Le Khac

University College Dublin

Timothy Leschke, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins University

David Lillis

University College Dublin

Holger Morgenstern

Albstadt-Sigmaringen University

Bruce Nikkel, Ph.D.

Bern University of Applied Sciences

Gilbert Peterson

US Air Force Institute of Technology

Gaston Pugliese

Christian Riess

Dror Rimon

Vassil Roussev, Ph.D.

University of New Orleans

Mark Scanlon, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Bradley Schatz, Ph.D.

Schatz Forensic

Tobias Scheible

Albstadt-Sigmaringen University

Christina Thorpe

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

Thomas Schreck

Marko Schuba

FH Aachen

Peter Sommer

Michael Spreitzenbarth

Siemens CERT

Marian Svetlik

Risk Analysis Consultants

Simon Tjoa

Wietse Venema, Ph.D.


Jeroen van den Bos

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Tim Vidas, Ph.D.

Carnegie Mellon University

Claus Vielhauer

FH Brandenburg

Erwin van Eijk

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Ronald van der Knijff


DFRWS EU Registration has not opened for 2020.  Registration includes DFRWS Workshops, the Main Conference Event, Lunch, Refreshments, Social Events and the DFRWS Rodeo.

Type of Registration Early Bird Regular Rate Onsite Registration
Law Enforcement