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NICAS Colloquium Extra

10 November 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm CET

We are pleased to announce a new, online edition of the NICAS colloquium on Thursday 10 November 2022 from 15.00 to 15.45 hrs. The colloquium will take place online through Microsoft Teams


Throughout the year, NICAS organises a bi-weekly Colloquium consisting of two short research lectures. It provides researchers with the opportunity to present ideas for, updates on or results of their activities. The NICAS Colloquium allows people to stay informed on a regular basis about the latest developments and results of research and to exchange information and expertise.



Jennifer Bonetti – Data Science: Where Art Conservation meets Forensic Drug Analysis



At first glance, forensic science and art conservation research may not seem to have much in common. Yet for both fields there is a divide between the surface-level public perception of the work and the fascinating detailed reality of the inner workings of the science conducted behind the scenes. In May 2022, I was fortunate enough to be given an inside look at the conservation work performed at the Ateliergebouw of the Rijksmuseum. Now, I’m hoping to provide a similarly illuminating experience by presenting insight into the forensic chemistry research that I’m conducting in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam. This work focuses on the application of data science to seized drug analysis, with particular emphasis on identifying compounds that are too similar for typical analytical techniques to differentiate.



Jennifer Bonetti is a senior forensic scientist with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in the Controlled Substances section. In this capacity, she has analyzed thousands of suspected seized drug case samples and provided expert testimony in both state and federal level court cases. Jennifer also serves as an Adjunct Instructor where she teaches an annual graduate level course on the applications of multivariate statistical analysis to forensic science. Her research interests focus primarily on using chemometric techniques to solve interesting forensic chemistry challenges. She is currently conducting this research as a PhD project in the form of a collaborative effort between the University of Amsterdam and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science under the supervision of Arian van Asten.

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10 November 2022
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm CET
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