During your Forensic Science studies at the UvA you will encounter challenges every forensic scientist has to face. But how will you find your way and survive in this urban jungle filled with statistics, chemistry, criminalistics, DNA and the moot court? The answer is Verum!
On 22 January 2016, after almost a year of preparations, study association Verum was officialised. Verum aims to create an ever-growing and lasting network of students and alumni of the master's programme Forensic Science at the University of Amsterdam through academic, professional and, most importantly, social activities. In other words: Verum will provide you with beer after a statistics exam, it will inspire you with new experiences and it will make the group of students a close team.
The name Verum was chosen for a reason. Forensic scientists can never say something about the truth with 100% certainty, which is reflected in the double meaning of 'Verum': it means “truth” or “reality” on the one hand, and “however, nonetheless” on the other hand. The combination of these meanings reflects the two sides of the coin that is forensic science: while forensic scientists aim to present an objective truth about findings or events, there is almost always an alternative plausible explanation for these findings, however unlikely it might be. One example in which this double meaning is encountered in practice is in Bayesian statistics, which is often present in modern forensic science and which helps forensic scientists to express their inability to demonstrate the absolute truth while at the same time giving more weight to one possible explanation of an event than to another.