DFRWS EU 2020 has been postponed from being held in Oxford in March 2020. DFRWS EU 2021 will be held in Oxford from 29th March – April 1st, 2021.

For this year’s event, we will have a Virtual Conference that will run 3rd – 5th June and will contain all of the elements you expect from the DFRWS event. The program as planned for 2020 will be hosted Virtually during the afternoons (UK time) of June 3rd-5th, 2020 so that this research can be published in a timely fashion and be disseminated to the community.

We have been able to build a virtual experience that will replicate all of the components of the DFRWS EU event, including the formal programme but also the social events! DFRWS Virtual Europe 2020 will include; Keynotes, Papers and Presentations, Hands-on Workshops, Poster and Demo Sessions, the Forensics Rodeo, Pub Quiz Social event, Interactive Birds of a Feather Sessions and Lightning Talks.

Any attendee that would like to apply their current registration to next year’s event in Oxford will receive a full Virtual Pass to participate in this 2020 online event. For attendees who would only like to attend the 2020 Virtual Event we can apply a refund for the difference in the registration fee.

Conference Location:

Virtual Event

June 3, 2020 to June 5, 2020


Risk, Quality Assurance and Innovation in Digital Forensics

Gill Tully, PhD, MCSFS, HonFFFLM | Forensic Science Regulator

Gillian has worked in forensic science for nearly 30 years, specialising in forensic genetics, innovation, validation and enhancement of quality standards. Her work has included provision of expert evidence to courts in the UK and overseas, and collaborative working with forensic practitioners around the world. In November 2014, Gill took up the appointment of Forensic Science Regulator and is responsible for setting quality standards for forensic science in the Criminal Justice System.

Gill is a visiting Professor at Northumbria University, an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and an Honorary Member of the Society of Legal Scholars. She has published widely in the fields of forensic genetics, quality standards and expert evidence.

Keynote Abstract:

The massive demand for extraction and analysis of data from digital devices has led, in England and Wales, to evolution of a cottage industry of small units, each using a selection of software tools, extracting data and passing it, often largely uninterpreted, to investigators.

Some of these digital forensic units have in place the quality assurance measures needed to ensure that the limitations of their work are known and that the provenance, continuity and validity of the data they have extracted can be demonstrated; others do not. Increasingly, front-line police officers are carrying out data extraction using self-service “kiosk” technology.

Those analysing the data are often, in this jurisdiction, intelligence analysts or investigators, with access to few advanced tools. A lack of methodological robustness in the analysis and interpretation of evidence has, in some cases, resulted in failures to find exculpatory evidence, which was present within the extracted data. In this presentation, risks and failures in the extraction, analysis and interpretation of digital evidence will be considered alongside the need for process and technology innovation, with a view to achieving sustainable improvement.



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 For Proposal Requirements


October 4, 2019 Papers / Presentations / Panel Proposals Submission Deadline
October 25, 2019 Workshop / Tutorials Proposals Submission Deadline
December 20, 2019 Camera Ready Paper Submission and Presenter Registration
March 8, 2020 Demo / Poster Proposals Submission Deadline


Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

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

Conference Co-Chair

Thomas Souvignet, Ph.D. (University of Lausanne)

Conference Co-Chair

Bruce Nikkel, Ph.D. (BFH)

Technology Chair

Felix Freiling, Ph.D.

Program Co-Chair

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

Program Co-Chair

Harald 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, Ph.D. (University of Liechtenstein)

Workshop Chair

John Sheppard, Ph.D. (Waterford Institute of Technology)

Forensic Challenge Chair

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

Proceedings Chair

Babak Habibnia, Ph.D. (University College Dublin)

Proceedings Co-Chair

Jan-Niclas Hilgert

Poster Chair

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

Poster Co-Chair

Felix Freiling, Ph.D.

Web Chair

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

Outreach and Social Media Chair

Scar de Courcier (Forensic Focus)

Keynote Co-Chair

Holger Morgenstern (Albstadt-Sigmaringen University)

Keynote Co-Chair

Katrin Franke, Ph.D. (Norwegian University of Technology and Science)

Birds of a Feather Chair

Frank Adelstein, Ph.D.

Panel Session Chair

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

Sponsorship Co-Chair

David-Olivier Jaquet-Chiffelle, Ph.D. (University of Lausanne)

Sponsorship Co-Chair

Hans Henseler, Ph.D.

Sponsorship Co-Chair

Jacob Barrett

Rodeo Chair

Mattia Epifani (REALITY NET)

Virtual Coordinator

Xiaoyu Du (University College Dublin)

Virtual Coordinator

Florian Hantke (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Virtual Coordinator

Aikaterini Kanta (University College Dublin)

Virtual Coordinator

Maike Raphael (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Rodeo Wrangler

Claudia Meda

Rodeo Wrangler

Francesca Maestri

Rodeo Wrangler

Silvia Spallarossa

Rodeo Wrangler

Freddie Barr-Smith

Technical Program Committee

Frank Adelstein, Ph.D.

NFA Digital

Olga Angelopoulou, Ph.D.

University of New Haven

Cosimo Anglano

Universitá del Piemonte Orientale

Tajvinder Atwal


Harald Baier, Ph.D.

University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt

Nicole Beebe, Ph.D.

University of Texas at San Antonio

David Billard, Ph.D.

University of Applied Sciences in Geneva

Elias Bou-Harb, Ph.D.

University of Texas at San Antonio

Owen Brady, Ph.D.

King's College London

Frank Breitinger, Ph.D.

University of Liechtenstein

Alex Caithness

CCL Group Ltd.

Jack Cole

ARL (retired)

Gareth Davies, Ph.D.

University of South Wales

Patrick De Smet, Ph.D.


Mattia Epifani


Katrin Franke, Ph.D.

Norwegian University of Technology and Science

Felix Freiling, Ph.D.

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Zeno Geradts, Ph.D.

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Pavel Gladyshev, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Oliver Goebel

University of Stuttgart

Detlef Guenther

Volkswagen AG

Babak Habibnia, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Chris Hargreaves, Ph.D.

University of Oxford

Hans Henseler, Ph.D.

University of Applied Sciences Leiden

Mario Hildebrandt

Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg

Jan-Niclas Hilgert


Graeme Horsman, Ph.D.

Teesside University

Joshua James, Ph.D.

Hallym University

David-Olivier Jaquet-Chiffelle, Ph.D.

University of Lausanne

Michael Johnson

Self Employed

Christian Keil, Ph.D.


Stefan Kiltz

Universität Magdeburg

Christian Kraetzer, Ph.D.

Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Hanno Langweg, Ph.D.

HTWG Konstanz

Nhien An Le Khac, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Timothy Leschke, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins University

David Lillis, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Holger Morgenstern

Albstadt-Sigmaringen University

Bruce Nikkel, Ph.D.

Bern University of Applied Sciences

Owen O'Connor


Gilbert Peterson, Ph.D.

US Air Force Institute of Technology

Gaston Pugliese

Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg

Christian Riess, Ph.D.

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

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

Thomas Schreck, Ph.D.

University of Applied Sciences Munich

Marko Schuba, Ph.D.

FH Aachen - Aachen University of Applied Sciences

Andreas Schuster

DCSO Deutsche Cyber-Sicherheitsorganisation GmbH

John Sheppard, Ph.D.

Waterford Institute of Technology

Peter Sommer

Birmingham City University

Michael Spreitzenbarth, Ph.D.

Siemens CERT

Marian Svetlik

Risk Analysis Consultants

Christina Thorpe, Ph.D.

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

Simon Tjoa, Ph.D.

St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences

Wietse Venema, Ph.D.


Jeroen van den Bos, Ph.D.

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Ronald van der Knijff

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Erwin van Eijk

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Tim Vidas, Ph.D.

Carnegie Mellon University

Claus Vielhauer, Ph.D.

FH Brandenburg


DFRWS EU Registration is open for our Virtual EU 2020. Registration includes DFRWS Workshops, the Main Conference Event, Social Events and the DFRWS Rodeo. We also have a special rate for a combination ticket for our DFRWS EU and DFRWS USA events. We also offer 20% group registration discounts when you buy 5 or more tickets. Questions about registration can be directed to eu-registration@dfrws.org.

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