Explore our projects below to find out how we are addressing some of the key challenges in forensic science.

LRCFS #DataFest20 #BeyondData Hackathon

Get involved with our DataFest 2020 Festival Fringe Forensic Hackathon! A Hackathon and workshop on a very special type of dataset in forensic science: shoe prints (pizza and drinks provided). High quality Forensic Science, like many other areas of science, is underpinned by reliable data. With this hackathon we are challenging data scientists, students, programmers or visualisation experts to help us with an automated analysis of footwear data we are collecting with the support of citizen scientists. Footwear marks have “class characteristics” which distinguish different types of shoes and brands of shoes from each other. Footwear marks that contain “individual characteristics” which may have come from wear or accidental damage to the shoe sole will aid in making “conclus...

LRCFS #DataFest20 #BeyondData Hackathon

Forensic Science in Schools

We are offering the opportunity for schools and pupils to get involved with leading forensic science research. The activities are suitable for secondary school age groups (S1-S6) and bring research to life in the classroom. All the activities are free and contribute to research in the area of Transfer and Persistence of evidence.  Our focus in the activities is on good scientific practice and the use of maths in the real world. The sessions involve visits from researchers from LRCFS and involve pupils working through a forensic science scenario, undertaking experiments that help us to better understand the environments in which we live. The sessions vary in length from 1 - 2hrs. Activities can also be run as a series over a number of weeks. ...

Forensic Science in Schools

Sole Searching

We need your help to investigate how footwear marks are made. This activity will help us discover what marks are made by different shoes as people move in different ways. It's suitable to use as a classroom activity or try at home and we expect this activity to take around an hour (including discussion). This activity is part of the British Science Week 2019 pack of experiments for Secondary Schools!...

Sole Searching

H-unique, In search of uniqueness - harnessing anatomical hand variation

H-unique is a five year, €2.5m programme of research that will be the first multimodal automated interrogation of visible hand anatomy, through analysis and interpretation of human variation via images. It is an interdisciplinary project, supported by anatomists, anthropologists, geneticists, bioinformaticians, image analysts and computer scientists. ...

H-unique, In search of uniqueness - harnessing anatomical hand variation

Citizens' Jury

Our Citizens' Jury plays a major role in influencing and supporting the way in which forensic science research is planned, conducted and communicated. It is made up of representatives from members of the public from Dundee and the surrounding areas. The Citizens' Jury works in partnership with other members of the public, our researchers and some of our stakeholders (these include the judiciary, forensic scientists and the police) to help us plan our research and to aid in the communication of forensic science to the public. The recruitment for the Jury is now closed but we plan to reopen the opportunity to others each summer. A term on the Jury will last 12 - 18 months.  Further details about the Citizens' Jury can be found in the Citizens' Jury role description.  The position is volunt...

Citizens' Jury