The DFRWS EU 2024 Conference will be held Tuesday, March 19 through Friday, March 22 as a hybrid event in Zaragoza, Spain.

Conference Location:

The DFRWS EU 2024 conference will be held at the University of Zaragoza in Spain.

March 19, 2024 to March 22, 2024

DFRWS EU 2024 dates are 19th March – 22nd March*. However, the Women in Forensic Computing Workshop, is co-locating with DFRWS and will be held on Monday 18th March 2024, which requires a separate registration.

How to get there?

Direct Flights

Some low cost companies offer direct flights to Zaragoza (IATA code: ZAZ). These are non-stop flights, so probably not convenient if you’re coming from outside of Europe. In particular, Zaragoza International Airport (Aeropuerto de Zaragoza in Spanish) has a total of 14 flights operated by 5 companies (although they do not operate every day, check each company for more information). The destinations and companies are as follows:

  • Binter: Gran Canaria (LPA), Tenerife Norte-C. La Laguna (TFN)
  • Rynair: Bolonia (BLQ), Brussels/Charleroi (CRL), London/Stansted (STN), Marrakech (RAK), Milan/Bergamo (BGY), Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Paris/Beauvais-Tille (BVA), Santiago-Rosalía de Castro (SCQ), Treviso/S. Angelo (TSF)
  • Volotea: Menorca (MAH)
  • Vueling: Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Tenerife Norte-C. La Laguna (TFN)
  • Wizz Air: Bucharest (OTP), Cluj-Napoca (CLJ)

The airport is only nine kilometers from the city centre. Detailed information on how to reach the city center from the airport is available here

Flights to Madrid (MAD) or Barcelona (BCN) + High-Speed Train to Zaragoza

The easiest and most practical way to get to Zaragoza is to fly to Madrid (MAD) or Barcelona (BCN) and then take the AVE train to Zaragoza, operated by RENFE (select Zaragoza-Delicias as arrival station and Madrid-Pta. Atocha Almudena Grandes or Barcelona-Sants as departure station). AVE trains leave (approximately) every hour and the trip lasts about 1h 30min. Allow at least a margin of 2 hours between the arrival of your flight and the departure of the train, since you have to get to the train station from the airport. A discount is being managed for those registered in the congress on RENFE tickets, we will announce more details as soon as we know more. If you are coming on the AVE train, we strongly recommend that you buy your tickets in advance, they often run out!

There are also other companies that operate high-speed trains between Madrid and Barcelona, with intermediate stops in Zaragoza: Iryo and Ouigo. These trains are usually cheaper than RENFE, but their frequency is very low.

Follow these steps to catch the train station from the airport:

  • From Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD): you can get to the
    Madrid-Pta. Atocha Almudena Grandes train station by bus, metro,
    commuter train, or taxi.

    • By bus: take the line Exprés Aeropuerto (the express bus). You can find the timetables, stops, and fares here.
    • By metro: it takes 45 minutes to get there and you have to make two metro transfers (from L8 Aeropuerto T4 to Nuevos
      , change to L10 Puerta del Sur [Tribunal stop], and change again to L1 Valdecarros [Atocha stop]).
    • By train: take the “Cercanías” (lines C-1 or C-10) which leaves from Aeropuerto T4 to Atocha, it takes about 35 minutes,there are trains every 15-20 minutes, and the ticket is included in the AVE ticket (note here: it is not included in Iryo or Ouigo tickets). The price is 2.60€. If you have an AVE ticket, you can simply scan the QR of your ticket at the turnstiles or get a physical ticket in the machines with the number that appears on the ticket (where it says CombinadoCercanias). If you arrive at a terminal other than T4,
      there is an airport shuttle bus that connects all terminals.
    • By taxi: it takes around 30 minutes and the price Madrid Train Station <> Madrid Airport is around 30€.
  • From Josep Tarradellas-Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN): you can get to the Barcelona-Sants train station by bus (you need to walk about 15 minutes), metro, commuter train, or taxi.
    • By bus: the AeroBus (the express bus) stops at Plaça Espanya (or Plaça Catalunya), takes about 30 minutes and costs 6€. There are two buses: A1 (to Terminal 1) and A2 (to Terminal 2). You can buy the tickets here. There is another Bus option which is the normal interurban line (Bus 46). Cheaper, but also slower. You can find more information here.
    • By metro: line L9 (orange) connects Aeroport T1 and Aeroport T2 with Collblanc (line L5). From this stop, you can reach Barcelona-Sants.
    • By train: take the “Rodaliers” (line R2) to reach Barcelona-Sants from Aeroport T2. It takes around 20 minutes, there are trains every 30 minutes and the ticket is included in the AVE ticket (note here: it is not included in Iryo or Ouigo tickets). The price is 4.50€. If you have an AVE ticket, you can simply scan the QR of your ticket at the turnstiles or get a physical ticket in the machines with the number that appears on the ticket (where it says CombinadoCercanias). If you arrive at a terminal other than T2, there is an airport shuttle bus that connects both terminals.
    • By taxi: it takes around 25 minutes and the price Barcelona Train Station <> Barcelona Airport is around 30€.
Flights to Madrid (MAD) or Barcelona (BCN) + Bus to Zaragoza

Traveling by bus is cheaper than by train, but it takes more time.

  • From Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD):
    • Buses leave from the Terminal T4 of Barajas to Zaragoza (it takes about 3h30min and costs about 20€).
  • From Josep Tarradellas Barcelona El Prat Airport (BCN):
    • Buses leave from Estació d’Autobusos Barcelona Nord towards Zaragoza (it takes about 3h45min, and costs about 18€). To get to the bus station, you must take the A1 bus to Plaça Espanya from Terminal T1. From there, take the L1 metro line (direction Fonda) and get off at Arc de Triomf (about 5 minutes). Finally, walk from the Arc de Triomf metro station to the Estació d’Autobusos Barcelona Nord (about 5 min).

Buses are operated by ALSA. You can find the timetables, stops, and fares here. We recommend reserving and printing your ticket (also valid with e-ticket) in advance. You can also use the ALSA ticket vending machines at the bus stations.

From the Zaragoza bus and train station to the city center

The Zaragoza train station (Zaragoza-Delicias) and the Zaragoza bus station are in the same location: Avenida Navarra 80, 50011 Zaragoza. It is located about 2km from the city center, which can be reached by city buses such as 34 and 51 (it takes about 20 minutes, and a single ticket costs about 1.50€) or by taxi (it takes about 10 minutes, and costs about 20€). A useful map of the city bus lines can also be found here.

By car

Visa Information

The information for non-Schengen visitors who intend to come to Zaragoza can be obtained through the official website of the Ministry of the Interior of Spain. Please check if VISA is requested for people coming from your country. Contact us if you need further assistance.

COVID-19 Sanitary Instructions

Currently, there are no restrictions on movement, health control at the entrance, or the obligation to wear facial masks due to COVID-19 in Spain. There are a series of general recommendations, such as not traveling or resting and being without contact with third parties in case of being infected. It is recommended to visit the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation before starting your trip in case these restrictions change.


DFRWS EU invites contributions in the categories listed below and follow the submission guidelines:

FULL RESEARCH PAPERS that align with the topics of interest undergo double-blinded peer review, and publish in the proceedings (10 pages, blinded). Articles can be published as a special issue of the Journal of Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation (by Elsevier).

PRESENTATIONS / DEMOS require a brief proposal (~500 words; not a paper) and undergo a light review process. Accepted proposals will be given a presentation slot (~15min) during the conference.

POSTERS allow for the presentation of current research efforts and the discussion of preliminary results with the digital forensics community during a dedicated poster session.

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. 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 can be 2 to 4 hours (please indicate) and ideally include hands-on participation by attendees, allowing for an in-depth, detailed exploration of tools and techniques of interest to DFRWS attendees. Workshops that result from research earlier presented at DFRWS or those involving specialised hardware are especially welcome. DFRWS will provide one free conference registration for each workshop accepted.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER are informal gatherings and discussions of a specific topic without a pre-planned agenda. You may propose a topic that you feel is of interest to the community.

Submission Information

All contributions must be submitted through the EasyChair site at Submissions must be in PDF format and follow the submission criteria and guidelines stated to be within the scope of the conference. Organisers 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: harm <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions related to presenting a poster at DFRWS EU 2024 please send email to: jens-petter <at> dfrws <dot> org

For questions about demo proposals, please send email to: mark <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 paper in person. More information can be found here.

Topics of Interest

DFRWS is open to fresh insights that challenge the current boundaries of digital forensics. The submissions can cover a broad range of topics related to digital forensics, including, but not limited to:

  • Anti-forensics and anti-anti-forensics
  • AI-assisted digital forensics
  • Case studies and trend reports
  • Cloud and virtualized environment forensics
  • Covert channels (e.g., TOR, VPN)
  • Cryptocurrency investigation
  • Development of digital forensic infrastructures
  • 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
  • Forensic analysis of anonymous networks
  • Forensic analysis of databases
  • Implanted medical devices
  • Incident response on malware and targeted attacks
  • Machine learning and data mining for digital evidence extraction/query
  • Memory acquisition and analysis
  • Methodology for digital forensic processes
  • Mobile and embedded device forensics
  • Multimedia (image, audio, video) data analysis
  • Network and distributed system forensics
  • Non-traditional forensic scenarios / contexts
  • SCADA / industrial control systems
  • Smart power grid forensics
  • Steganography and steganalysis
  • Smart building forensics
  • Vehicle forensics (e.g., drones, cars)
  • Visualization methods and tools for forensic analysis

Click Here For Proposal Requirements


October 5, 2023 Full papers: Mandatory Submission of Abstract & Title via EasyChair (Extended Deadline)
October 12, 2023 Full papers: Final submission via EasyChair (Extended Deadline)
November 27, 2023 Full papers: Acceptance notification
December 14, 2023 Full papers: Camera-ready submission of full papers and registration of presenters
December 17, 2023 Workshops & Presentations: Submission via EasyChair
Rolling notification until the program is full.
March 17, 2024 Poster: Submission via EasyChair
Rolling notification until the program is full.


Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Ricardo J. Rodríguez (University of Zaragoza)

Conference Co-Chair

Frank Breitinger, Ph.D (University of Lausanne)

TPC Chair

Ondrej Rysavy, Ph.D.

TPC Co-Chair

Aikaterini Kanta, Ph.D. (University College Dublin)

Keynote Chair

John Sheppard, Ph.D. (South East Technological University)

Keynote Co-Chair

Jan Peter van Zandwijk (Netherlands Forensic Institute)

Workshop Chair

Harm van Beek (Netherlands Forensic Institute)

Workshop Co-Chair

Owen O'Connor

Proceedings Chair

Edita Bajramovic, Ph.D. (Siemens Energy)

Proceedings Co-Chair

Harjinder Singh Lallie

Web Chair

Maike Raphael (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

Web Co-Chair

Jan-Niclas Hilgert (Fraunhofer FKIE)

Demo/Presentation Chair

Christian Riess, Ph.D. (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Demo/Presentation Co-Chair

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

Poster Chair

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

Poster Co-Chair

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

Program Scheduling Chair

Radek Hranický, Ph.D.

Program Scheduling Co-Chair

Hany Atlam

Hybrid Chair

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

Hybrid Co-Chair

Lena Voigt (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Promotion Chair

Immanuel Lautner (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Promotion Co-Chair

Javier Carrillo-Mondéjar (University of Zaragoza)

Local Chair

Raquel Trillo-Lado (University of Zaragoza)

Student Scholarship Chair

Holger Morgenstern (Albstadt-Sigmaringen University)


Daryl Pfeif (DFRWS)


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

Member at Large

Robert Jan Mora, Bruce Nikkel, Chris Hargreaves

Technical Program Committee

Abm Rezbaul Islam, Ph.D.

Sam Houston State University

Aikaterini Kanta, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Áine MacDermott, Ph.D.

Liverpool John Moores University

Antonio Casolaro, Ph.D.


Asanka Sayakkara, Ph.D.

University of Colombo

Chris Hargreaves, Ph.D.

University of Oxford

Christian Keil, Ph.D.


Christian Riess, Ph.D.

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Cosimo Anglano, Ph.D.

Universitá del Piemonte Orientale

David-Olivier Jaquet-Chiffelle, Ph.D.

University of Lausanne

Edita Bajramovic, Ph.D.

Siemens Energy

Elias Bou-Harb, Ph.D.

University of Texas at San Antonio

Erisa Karafili, Ph.D.

University of Southampton

Erwin Vaneijk

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Farkhund Iqbal, Ph.D.

Zayed University

Felix Freiling, Ph.D.

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Frank Adelstein, Ph.D.

NFA Digital, LLC

Frank Breitinger, Ph.D.

University of Lausanne

Gilbert Peterson, Ph.D.

US Air Force Institute of Technology

Giuseppe Totaro, Ph.D.


Hannes Spichiger, Ph.D.

Hochschule Luzern HSLU

Hanno Langweg, Ph.D.

HTWG Konstanz

Harald Baier, Ph.D.

Universität der Bundeswehr München, Research Institute CODE

Harm Van Beek, Ph.D.

Netherlands Forensic Institute

Holger Morgenstern

Albstadt-Sigmaringen University

Holly Duns

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Irfan Ahmed, Ph.D.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Iwen Coisel, Ph.D.


Jan Gruber

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Jan Pluskal, Ph.D.

Brno University of Technology

Janine Schneider, Ph.D.

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Jan-Niclas Hilgert

Fraunhofer FKIE

Jenny Ottmann

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Jens-Petter Sandvik

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

John Sheppard, Ph.D.

South East Technological University

Mario Hildebrandt, Ph.D.

Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg

Mark Scanlon, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Marko Schuba, Ph.D.

 Aachen University of Applied Sciences

Martin Lambertz

Fraunhofer FKIE

Michael Spreitzenbarth, Ph.D.

Munich Re

Milan Cermak, Ph.D.

Masaryk University

Olga Angelopoulou, Ph.D.

University of Warwick

Ondrej Rysavy, Ph.D.

Brno University of Technology

Owen Brady, Ph.D.

King's College London

Owen O'Connor

State Street

Patrick DeSmet, Ph.D.

Nationaal Instituut voor Criminalistiek en Criminologie (NICC/INCC)

Pavel Gladyshev, Ph.D.

University College Dublin

Ricardo Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Universidad de Zaragoza

Robert-Jan Mora


Saed Alrabaee, Ph.D.

United Arab Emirates University

Sean McKeown, Ph.D.

Edinburgh Napier University

Stefan Kiltz, Ph.D.

University of Magdeburg

Vasilis Katos, Ph.D.

Bournemouth University

Virginia Franqueira, Ph.D.

University of Kent

Wietse Venema, Ph.D.


Xiaolu Zhang, Ph.D.

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Xiaoyu Du, Ph.D.

Maynooth University

Zeno Geradts, Ph.D.

Netherlands Forensic Institute