18th June 2004





The latest forensic techniques for fighting crime and improving security will be on the agenda at a major conference to be held at the University of Lincoln next week.


Among the subjects that will be discussed by international forensic science experts at the conference are:


·               forensic analysis and terrorism

·               detecting and decontaminating chemical and biological agents

·               forged passports and visas

·               uses and abuses of Ricin


Around 140 delegates from all over the world will attend the Royal Society of Royal Chemists Forensic Analysis Conference on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd June.


The Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, Councillor Charles Ireland, will be welcoming guests from the conference to a civic reception on Monday (21st June).


The reception will take place between 6pm and 7pm in the Members’ Foyer at County Offices on Newland.


“Lincolnshire County Council was instrumental in supporting the establishment of the university and is pleased to see such healthy growth in high-quality teaching and facilities,” said a council spokesperson.


Among the speakers will be Peter Davies, Acting Deputy Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, Nigel Allinson of UMIST, Mike Lord of Warwick University, Tony Dean from the Immigration Service,Sean Doyle and Matthew Beardah from the Fort Halstead government research facility and Hazel Torrance from Glasgow  University.


“The staging of this event recognises the important contribution which Lincoln will make to forensic science education in the future,” said Prof Brian McGaw, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln.


The university’s Forensic Science degree was launched in September 2000 and is proving one of the most popular options on campus.


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Pictured at the conference (left to right) are: Dr Mick Carling (Lincolnshire Police), Professor Peter White, Professor Brian McGaw, Peter Davies of  Lincolnshire Police, Professor Mike Lord of Warwick University and Nigel Allinson of UMIST


For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk