5th July 2002

 

BIOTERRORISM ON AGENDA AT FORENSIC CONFERENCE

 

As the world faces up to the new challenge of global terrorism international experts  will gather in Lincoln this weekend to discuss bioterrorism and chemical warfare.

 

Talks on the forensic analysis of explosives and biological and chemical weapons will form part of a major two-day international conference on forensic analysis to be staged at the University of Lincoln.

 

Other subjects up for discussion will include advances in forensic techniques in the area of murder scene analysis and drug abuse in the workplace.

 

Over 170 delegates, including some of the world’s most respected forensic experts, will arrive in Lincoln on Sunday for the conference, which runs from Monday 8th until Tuesday 9th July.

 

Among the speakers at ‘Advances in Forensic Analysis 2002’ will be:

 

·        Prof Stephen Morse, Communicative Diseases Centre, Atlanta

‘The US laboratory response to bioterrorism’

‘Chemical warfare agents: finding the evidence to verify their use’

‘The crime scene and pathology’

‘101 things to do with a dead pig - a guide for the forensic archaeologist’

           

Representatives from the Forensic Explosives Laboratory at Fort Halstead and the biological defence lab at Porton Down will also contribute to the conference.

 

“We are delighted to be hosting this international meeting in forensic analysis,” said Prof Brian McGaw, head of the Department of Biological Sciences at the university.

 

“The staging of this event recognises the important contribution which Lincoln will make to forensic science education in the future.”

 

The university’s Forensic Science degree was launched in September 2000 and is proving one of the most popular options on campus, with 200 full-time degree students signed up in the first two years.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk