The official launch of the Co van Ledden Hulsebosch Center (CLHC), on September 13, 2013, saw the presentation of a strategic vision on establishing a forensic research programme in Amsterdam. The CLHC is the Amsterdam Center for Forensic Science and Medicine.
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This vision centres around a matrix-based (thematic) structure rather than the classic concept of a forensic faculty similar to those at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) or University of Strathclyde in Scotland.
Bundling of expertise
Under this structure, key NFI themes are linked to scientific knowledge centres in Amsterdam, yielding a long list of high-potential matches in which cooperation between various Amsterdam-based teams and institutes plays a important role. Facilitating this intensive collaboration between the AMC-UvA, the various FNWI institutes and the NFI will allow for the bundling of medical, scientific and forensic expertise, and the development of a fruitful and multifaceted forensic research programme. This will enable the establishment of a forensic scientific centre in Amsterdam that will lead the field in both the Netherlands and abroad.
Our approach facilitates the development of a broad range of research activities, in line with the broad application of scientific methods in the forensic domain. For example, the NFI applies over thirty areas of forensic expertise in its efforts to conduct and report on forensic case studies. A previous exploratory study clearly showed that the scientific knowledge and expertise within the AMC-UvA and FNWI offer great potential for further innovation and development of forensic research.
The six key themes are as follows:
1. Objective forensic methods
2. Innovation in forensic medical research
3. Biological forensics
4. Digital forensics
5. Microforensics, microscopy and imaging
6. Innovative crime scene techniques
The success of the institute will depend on its ability to make the most of the available research opportunities. The forensic research programme will thus be funded through successful research proposals based on knowledge, expertise and a clear forensic vision. The growth of the research programme will raise the Co van Ledden Hulsebosch Center's national and international profile, create research opportunities for the forensic Master's programme and enable the most talented students to engage in forensic doctoral research projects.