The DFRWS-EU 2023 Conference will be held Tuesday, March 21 through Friday, March 24. The DFRWS EU program committee are currently planning the conference as a hybrid event, with it possible for attendees and presenters to attend either virtually or physically in Bonn, Germany (pandemic permitting).

Conference Location:

The conference will be held in Bonn, Germany and will be live streamed for online attendees.

March 21, 2023 to March 24, 2023


DFRWS invites contributions in the categories listed below. We ask to submit all contributions via EasyChair ( and follow the submission guidelines (

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 This year’s conference will have a physical poster session. The posters will be exhibited during the whole conference, with a dedicated poster session during a break where poster authors will be available by their posters. For our online audience, the posters will be available on the conference webpage together with contact details such that online participants can communicate questions or comments to the authors. In addition, the poster authors are encouraged to sign up for a lightning talk to present their work.

The poster must:

  • Not exceed A0 size (841 mm x 1189 mm)
  • Be readable both printed and on-screen
  • Be of interest to the digital forensic community
  • Not be a sales pitch or advertisement

The poster layout is up to the authors to decide.

The posters are not included in the conference proceedings and will not be subject to a peer-review process. However, they will get a short audit before being exhibited to ensure they follow the above requirements.

Authors can submit posters in EasyChair for approval. The approval process typically takes 1-2 days. Please make sure that you submit early enough to have time for printing the posters after approval. Minor changes to the contents are accepted without a new audit, such as improving the quality of illustrations, correcting spelling or other errors, etc.

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 submissions must be submitted through the EasyChair site at Submissions must be in PDF format and follow the submission criteria and guidelines ( ). Organizers may reject work that does not follow the listed criteria.

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 presenting a poster at DFRWS EU 2023 please send email to: eu-posters <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions about demo proposals, please send email to: eu-demos <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions related to the organisation of DFRWS EU 2023 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
September 19, 2022 Paper Submission Deadline of Abstract / Title
September 26, 2022 Paper and Presentation Submission Deadline
November 23, 2022 Notification of Acceptance for Paper and Presentation
December 23, 2022 Workshop Submission Deadline
December 14, 2022 Camera Ready Submission and Presenter Registration (Paper)
January 13, 2023 Notification of Acceptance for Workshops
March 15, 2023 Poster Submission Deadline


Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Jan-Niclas Hilgert (Fraunhofer FKIE)

Conference Co-Chair

Frank Breitinger, Ph.D (University of Lausanne)

Workshop Chair

Aikaterini Kanta (University College Dublin)

Workshop Co-Chair

Hans Henseler, Ph.D. (University of Applied Sciences Leiden)

Keynote Chair

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

Keynote Co-Chair

Bruce Nikkel, Ph.D. (BFH)

TPC Chair

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

TPC Co-Chair

Ondrej Rysavy

Proceedings Chair

Edita Bajramovic (Siemens Energy)

Proceedings Co-Chair

Ricardo J. Rodríguez

Promotion Chair

Noémi Bitschnau

Web Chair

Maike Raphael

Web Co-Chair

Holger Morgenstern (Albstadt-Sigmaringen University)

Demo Chair

Pavel Gladyshev, Ph.D. (University College Dublin)

Poster Chair

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

Poster Co-Chair

Erisa Karafili (University of Southampton)

Program Scheduling Chair

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

Program Scheduling Co-Chair

Radek Hranický

Hybrid Chair

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

Rodeo Chair

Harm van Beek (NFI)


Daryl Pfeif (DFRWS)