Whether the event will be physical or online will be determined closer to the time, taking into account all available information and making sure that we are content that such an event can go ahead and keep members of the community safe. The location of the event will be determined taking into account conditions at the time and where the safest event can be held. 

Also, recognising that the situation is highly variable in different parts of the world, and may continue to be so, if the event is held physically, we will ensure that there is an online attendance option to make sure no parts of the community are excluded. This online attendance option will extend to all attendees and presenters so no one feels under pressure to attend a physical event if they are not yet able, or comfortable with doing so.

In whatever form, the event will of course include: Keynotes, Papers and Presentations, Hands-on Workshops, Poster and Demo Sessions, the Forensics Rodeo, Interactive Birds of a Feather Sessions and Lightning Talks.

Conference Location:

Online and Physical (Location TBC)

March 28, 2022 to March 31, 2022


DFRWS invites contributions in the categories listed below. We ask to submit all contributions via EasyChair (https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=dfrwseu2022) and follow the submission guidelines (https://dfrws.org/submission-criteria-eu/).

FULL RESEARCH PAPERS undergo double-blinded peer review, and the proceedings are published by Elsevier as a special issue of the Journal of Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation. We ask to submit articles according to the submission instructions.

PRESENTATIONS / DEMOS require a brief proposal (~500 words, informal), 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. Accepted proposals will be given a presentation slot (~15min) during the conference. These proposals must be submitted through EasyChair. Note that the presentation/demo will not be part of the published proceedings.

POSTERS allow for the presentation of current research efforts and the discussion of preliminary results with the Digital Forensics Community. Consequently, posters can include early results, a brief demonstration of a prototype or can outline research ideas. Posters will be available on the website and authors have the opportunity to present during breaks.

WORKSHOPS / TUTORIALS can be 2 to 4 hours (please indicate) 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. DFRWS will provide one free conference registration for each workshop accepted.

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

Submission Information

Paper and presentation submissions must be submitted through the EasyChair site at https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=dfrwseu2022. Submissions must be in PDF format and follow the submission criteria and guidelines (https://dfrws.org/submission-criteria-eu/ ). Organizers may reject work that does not follow the listed criteria.

Proposals for workshops must be emailed to eu-workshops <at> dfrws <dot> org in PDF or plain-text format and must include information about the delivery formats possible: Physical workshop only/online workshop only/hybrid delivery possible. Sample workshop proposal template available here: https://dfrws.org/dfrws_workshop_tutorial_proposal_submission_form_eu_2022/

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 2022 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 Scholarships each year to students (first author) who present their accepted research papers. One scholarship will be awarded to the Best Student Research Paper awardee. More scholarships may be awarded, depending on sponsorship funding each year. Exact award amounts will vary, but usually cover at least registration expenses. 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 (alphabetical) to be addressed by submissions include any digital forensic related topic, for example (but not limited to):

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

Click Here For Proposal Requirements


Date Event
October 15, 2021 *EXTENDED* Paper Submission Deadline
November 20, 2021 Notification of Acceptance
December 4, 2021 Camera Ready Submission and Presenter Registration
January 28, 2022 Panel Proposals, Workshop / Tutorial and Presentations / Demos deadline:
February 26, 2022 Poster Submission Deadline


Organizing Committee

Conference Co-Chair

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

Conference Co-Chair

Felix Freiling, Ph.D. (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Program Chair

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

Program Vice Chair

Christian Riess (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Chief Organizational Officer

Daryl Pfeif (Digital Forensics Solutions and DFRWS)

Workshop Chair

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

Forensic Challenge Chair

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

Proceedings Chair

Jan-Niclas Hilgert (Fraunhofer FKIE)

Proceedings Vice Chair

Edita Bajramovic (Siemens Energy)

Poster Chair

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

Poster Vice Chair

Aikaterini Kanta (University College Dublin)

Web Co-Chair

Holger Morgenstern, Ph.D. (Albstadt-Sigmaringen University)

Web Co-Chair

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

Social Media Chair

Aikaterini Kanta (University College Dublin)

Keynote Co-Chair

Hans Henseler, Ph.D. (University of Applied Sciences Leiden_

Keynote Co-Chair

Frank Breitinger, Ph.D (University of Lausanne)

Keynote Co-Chair

Bruce Nikkel, Ph.D. (BFH)

Birds of a Feather Chair

Frank Adelstein, Ph.D. (NFA Digital)

Birds of a Feather Vice Chair

Graeme Horsman, Ph.D. (Teeside University)

Technical Program Committee

Frank Adelstein, Ph.D.

NFA Digital

Irfan Ahmed

Virginia Commonwealth University

Saed Alrabaee

United Arab Emirates University

Olga Angelopoulou, Ph.D.

University of Warwick

Cosimo Anglano

Universitá del Piemonte Orientale

Harald Baier, Ph.D.

Universität der Bundeswehr München

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

Patrick De Smet, Ph.D.


Mattia Epifani


Virginia Franqueira

University of Kent

Felix Freiling, Ph.D.

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Zeno Geradts, Ph.D.

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Oliver Goebel

University of Stuttgart

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


Joshua James, Ph.D.

Hallym University

David-Olivier Jaquet-Chiffelle, Ph.D.

University of Lausanne

Michael Johnson

Self Employed

Erisa Karafili

University of Southampton

Christian Keil, Ph.D.


Stefan Kiltz

Universität Magdeburg

Christian Kraetzer, Ph.D.

Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Martin Lambertz

Fraunhofer FKIE

Hanno Langweg, Ph.D.

HTWG Konstanz

David Lillis, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Holger Morgenstern

Albstadt-Sigmaringen University

Tilo Müller

Hof University of Applied Sciences

Bruce Nikkel, Ph.D.

Bern University of Applied Sciences

Owen O'Connor


Gilbert Peterson, Ph.D.

US Air Force Institute of Technology

Daryl Pfeif


Christian Riess, Ph.D.

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Ricardo J. Rodríguez

Universidad de Zaragoza

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

Michael Spreitzenbarth, Ph.D.

Siemens CERT

Marian Svetlik

Risk Analysis Consultants

Harm Van Beek

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Jeroen van den Bos, Ph.D.

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Ronald van der Knijff

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Erwin van Eijk

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Wietse Venema, Ph.D.


Claus Vielhauer, Ph.D.

FH Brandenburg

Xiaolu Zhang

The University of Texas at San Antonio


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