The University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Academic Medical Center (AMC) and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) have agreed to collaborate more closely in the area of forensic medical and scientific research. On Friday, 13 September, president of the UvA Executive Board Louise Gunning, president of the AMC-UvA Executive Board Marcel Levi and CEO of the NFI Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi signed a cooperation agreement establishing the Co van Ledden Hulsebosch Center (CLHC).
The aim of the UvA, AMC-UvA and NFI in founding the CLHC is to create a thriving and internationally renowned forensic science programme in the Netherlands. Important building blocks in this context include the Master’s in Forensic Science started by the UvA in 2005 (attracting some 30 students a year), the extensive research programme, the four special forensic chairs, the unique link between research on forensic medicine and natural sciences, and the strong connection with forensic practice.
The CLHC is a virtual and interdisciplinary expertise center for forensic innovation. A key focus of the research is on how new technology and science can be used in the forensic field. The center links relevant scientific insights and research methods within the AMC-UvA and UvA to challenges and opportunities in the field of forensics, both in the laboratory and at crime scenes. Using input from all of the partners, a single agenda for forensic research is being drawn up – which will offer scientists direction, structure and opportunities – with themes such as ‘innovation at crime scenes’ and ‘biological and digital traces’.
The name of the expertise center is a tribute to the life and work of Co van Ledden Hulsebosch (1877-1952), the Amsterdam-born pioneer in forensic research in the Netherlands, and was chosen with the full approval of the Van Ledden Hulsebosch family.
A mini symposium entitled ‘Chemical Imaging - Research at Interfaces’ will be held to mark the official creation of the CLHC, at which professors Ron Heeren (AMOLF and Utrecht University) and Joris Dik (Delft University of Technology) will give lectures on the use of mass spectrometry in cancer research and chemical imaging on paintings in art historical research. The symposium will be concluded with a joint address on forensic analytical chemistry and forensic biophysics by professors Arian van Asten (UvA) and Maurice Aalders (AMC-UvA).