13th Annual Conference and Masterclass

We are pleased to announce that the 13th Annual Conference and Masterclass 2020 will be held at the University of Winchester in Winchester, UK, between Monday the 22nd and Friday the 26th of June 2020. The Masterclass will take place on Monday the 22nd and Tuesday the 23rd of June 2020 and the Conference will take place between Wednesday the 24th and Friday the 26th of June 2020.

The iIIRG Annual Conference and Masterclass promotes specialist knowledge exchange between practitioners and academics, professionals and researchers, all with an interest and expertise in:
– Investigative interviewing of victims, witnesses, and suspects
– High interest groups and intelligence interviewing
– International war crimes investigations
– The immorality and ineffectiveness of torture
– International Human Rights
– Interview advice, training, and decision making
– Specialist interviewing skills (including intimidated, vulnerable and reluctant witnesses, use of intermediaries)
– Forensic linguistics
– Detecting deception

The 2020 Conference and Masterclass offers delegates a diverse programme of professional and leisure activities in the beautiful surroundings of Winchester, UK. The conference will be held in the brand new West Downs buildings on the University’s King Alfred campus, within easy walking distance of the historic and pretty town centre.  Accommodation on campus will be prioritised for student delegates, with a range of nearby hotels available for all other attendees.  Please see the ‘Venue and Accommodation’ page for further information.

Throughout the Conference, we will be hearing from three fascinating keynote speakers providing an international perspective on current academic and practitioner work in the field of investigative interviewing: Professor Saul Kassin, Professor Makiko Naka and Dr Kev Smith. Delegates will also enjoy a unique array of social activities. Details will be made available nearer the time of the conference.

Prior to the conference, delegates will be able to attend a two-day masterclass that will be taking place over the 22nd and 23rd of June.  The Masterclass, led by Dr Rachel Wilcock and Dr Brendan O’Mahony, with additional expert input from Jan Jones (Registered Intermediary), will be focusing on supporting vulnerable individuals to give best evidence.

Call for papers and practitioner case studies

The deadline for submitting an abstract for a paper, practitioner case study or poster is 9th March 2020.  To submit your abstract, please click here. Note that we are in the process of switching to a new website, and the registration portal will be available once the new website is live.

Bursaries and Free Masterclass Places

The iIIRG offers a number of bursaries covering the conference registration payment to student and practitioner members. A number of free places on the Masterclasses are also offered to its members (student, practitioner, or academic).  The call for applications for these places is now open.  Please apply for a free masterclass place and/or conference bursary before the 23rd of March 2020.


If you encounter any problems or would like some help, please contact the conference team at conference2020@iiirg.org who will gladly assist you.

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