5th July 2005

 

FORENSIC SCIENCE ON TRIAL

 

Budding forensic scientists at the University of Lincoln will be finding out how to investigate a terrorist bombing during a national conference aimed at bringing education and research together.

 

Up to 100 students and university academics are descending on the Brayford Pool campus on Thursday 7th July for the three-day event organised by the Physical Sciences Centre and the Forensic Institute Research Network.

 

Dr Ian Gibson MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee, is opening the conference and will talk about a report he chaired on forensic science in the UK entitled ‘Forensic Science on Trial’.

 

There will also be a number of workshops and presentations over the three days giving delegates the opportunity to learn about techniques used by forensic scientists investigating a range of crime scene scenarios.

 

On Thursday Ruth Croxton, a senior lecturer in Forensic and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Lincoln, will explain the techniques used by scientists to reveal fingerprints which are difficult to see, while on Friday the Head of the Forensic Explosives Laboratory, Dr Sean Doyle, will give a talk on investigating explosions.

 

As well as learning new skills students will have their own research projects on display and will be able to find out what career opportunities exist for crime scene investigators and forensic scientists.

 

“Forensic Science is a new subject area and the degree course is becoming extremely popular, “said Dr Mark Baron, principal lecturer at the university.

 

“During the conference there’ll be a range of presentations and workshops in different subject areas of Forensic Science which will be useful for academics and students alike. I’m delighted the university has been asked to host this type of conference for the second year in a row.”

 

 

For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244                       kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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