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10th Annual Forensic Research and Teaching Conference
2 - 4th July 2014
Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

'Interfaces: Law and Science'

For forensic academics and practitioners, legal academics, law enforcement and related disciplines.

Wednesday 2nd July

10:45

Opening

The Forensic Merry-Go-Round

Angela Gallop, Chief Executive - Axiom International Ltd

Chair: Carole McCartney

11:50

COFFEE

 

12:10

Chair: Andrew Reid

Developing Students as Research Partners: Ideas for building research skills training into the curriculum for students in Forensic Science
Matthew Almond, University of Reading

The Case History Project: An update on the publication of a teaching resource based on real case scenarios
Andrew Morrisson and Dave Barclay, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Chair: Keith Sturrock

Supporting the Development of Good Practice in Footwear Recovery in an International Police Force through a Comparison of UK and International Practice while Developing Operational Standards
David Andrews

Digital metric analysis of fingernail marks .
E P Ferré, R Pathak, M Cole and E L Gautam

13:00

LUNCH

14:00

Forensic Science in South Africa and the Oscar Pistorius Case


David Klatzow, Consulting Forensic Scientist, South Africa.

Chair: Angela Gallop

15:00

Supporting Forensic Practitioner Competence


Duncan Brown, Team Leader, The College of Policing Forensic Centre.

Chair: Allan Jamieson

 

15:30

Chair: Andrew Morrisson

Using Human Scent as Forensic Evidence: What Why and How.
Alison Davidson, Staffordshire University.

Next Generation Crime Scene Recording and Forensic Data Use within Crime Investigations for Teaching: A new workflow for Crime Scene documentation and interactive 3D visual dashboard of an on-going Crime Scene.
K Sheppard, P Taylor, J.P Cassella, Staffordshire University

The Effect of Male Cosmetics on the Development of Latent Fingerprints
Hannah Bowden, University of Reading

Chair: Martin Evison

The Law-Forensic Science Disciplinary Divide - wider than ever
J.P. Cassella & Carole McCartney

16:30

COFFEE

16:45

The Metropolitan Police’s use of Forensic Images and Super Recognisers
Det. Ch. Insp. Mick Neville & Dr John Davis, Greenwich University.

Chair: Martin Evison

17:45

The WorldSkills UK competition in Forensic Science & The University Technical College in Forensic Science.
Gary Howard, Complete Forensics, Managing Director.

Chair: Carole McCartney

18:00
END

 

Thursday 3rd July

9:30

When Science meets Law:
Framing, Paradox and Ritual in the Use of Forensic DNA Evidence

Prof Gerald Midgley Director, Centre for Systems Studies, Hull University

Chair: Tony Ward

 

10:30

Chair: Matthew Almond

Chemical Markers for the Detection of Clandestine Graves
Giorgio Blom, A. Davidson, John P. Cassella, J. Pringle.

The Detection of Acetate as a Decomposition Product from a Clandestine Burial Model
J P Cassella, A McDonagh, G Blom, A Davidson, J Pringle.

Forensic Microbiology: Determining the Potential of Microbial Community Dynamics to Identify Decomposition Locales
A Olakanye, T K Ralebitso-Senior and T Thompson, Teesside University.

Chair: Adam Jackson

'Evidence Lineups' and other precautions against bias: a case for a new Code of Practice?
Tony Ward, University of Hull

Expert Evidence, a Statutory Reliability Test, Cost and Justice
Liz Heffernan

After Rejection of the Criminal Evidence (Experts) Bill: The Rationality of English Courts in Using Expert Medical Witness Opinion to Guide Decisions
Cedric Gilson, University of Westminster

11:40

COFFEE

12:00

The Role and Work of the Biometrics Commissioner
Alastair MacGregor QC, Biometrics Commissioner.

Chair: Carole McCartney

12:50

LUNCH

 

14:00

Chair: John Cassella

Digitizing Human Remains: The Forensic Anthropological Context
Errickson, D., Thompson, T. J. U., Rankin, B. W. J. , Teesside University.

Adipocere formation: 100 years and counting: A useful archaeological and forensic indicator? K Sheppard, A Davidson, N Lamont, J Goodwin, G Blom, J P. Cassella, Staffordshire University.

 

 

Chair: Carole McCartney

Pressure On The Impartial Nature Of Expert Testimony Exerted By The Adversarial Trial System
Rick Graham, University of Leeds

Investigating the perceptions held by University forensic science students of professional forensic scientists.

H Hooper ; A Langford; K Paget; T James; J Tudor; D Parry; O Bretcanu.
14:50

COFFEE

 

15:10

Chair: Andrew Morrison

The feasibility of a United Kingdom Human Taphonomic Reseach Facility
Iwan Witt & J.P.Cassella Staffordshire University

Scientific issues in the forensic analysis of facial images
Martin Evison, Northumbria University

 

Chair: Carole McCartney

Death Investigation in England & Wales: Could the Coroners & Justice Act 2009 pave the way for centres of excellence in forensic pathology?
Adam Jackson

Assessment of forensic parasomnias and the rules of evidence
J. Rumbold, Keele University

16:00

Legal versus Non-Legal Approaches to Forensic Evidence
Prof Gary Edmond, University New South Wales, Australia.

17:00

END

19:00
CONFERENCE DINNER

 

Friday 4th July

10:00

The Effects of Commercialising Forensic Science Provision to the UK Criminal Justice System

Karen Squibb-Williams, Barrister, Acorn Chambers, Oxford.

Chair: Paul Roberts

11:00

COFFEE

 

11:30


WORKSHOP:
Intensive Forensic Mental Health Assessment - examples & implications for criminal law procedure, forensic mental health care & criminalistics
Frans Koenraadt and Lydia Dalhuisen, Utrecht University, Netherlands

 


WORKSHOP:
Beyond "Taking Facts Seriously":
A Primer on Inferential Reasoning in Forensic Science and Criminal EvidenceProfessor Paul Roberts, Nottingham University.

13:00

CLOSING REMARKS

Allan Jamieson

 

 

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