14 Mar 2019

Crime Cafe Dundee

The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science are launching a new series of evening talks that cover topics relating to forensic science and the law. The talks are all free and require no booking - just join us on the night at Clarks on Lindsay Street in Dundee from 7pm. The talks are appropriate for those aged 16 and over. Please arrive early to get a good seat and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.   Lord Lovat’s last resting place Dr Lucina Hackman Tue 26 March Did the body of Lord Lovat get taken in secret to its final resting place at the Wardlaw museum ...

Crime Cafe Dundee

13 Mar 2019

Make your #forensicshoeprints for research

Members of the public are being invited to do some ‘sole searching’ and support the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science to help forensic science take a step forward in creating a new research database. Footwear marks, also called shoeprints, deposited at crime scenes may be used to link a type of shoe or possibly even a specific shoe to the scene.  Being able to do this in a way that is scientifically valid requires information about how a mark that a shoe makes changes over time or changes when it is made on different surfaces or with different pressures and activities, such a...

Make your #forensicshoeprints for research

7 Mar 2019

LRCFS Researcher receives Winston Churchill Fellowship to aid understanding of forensic science

Dr Lucina Hackman, from the University’s Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS), has been awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship to investigate what lessons UK police and courts can learn from other countries.  She will use her Fellowship to explore the relationship between forensic science and the criminal justice systems in Australia and Canada. She will visit both countries later this year to research the different ways in which forensic science is carried out in each, from the way evidence is collected at a crime scene to information pr...

LRCFS Researcher receives Winston Churchill Fellowship to aid understanding of forensic science

6 Mar 2019

Join our Forensic Hackathon for #Datafest19

The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science team are inviting members of the public to help them interpret newly released ballistic and chemical datasets that will ultimately help support a fair and just criminal justice system. On the 11 March we will issue two important forensic science datasets and we are inviting people to come up with new interpretations of them as part of a ‘hackathon’ challenge which will take place between 11–22 March. A final presentation event at LRCFS on Friday 22 March will allow people to see what has been created as part of the challenge and meet the...

Join our Forensic Hackathon for #Datafest19

8 Feb 2019

The link between St Valentine's Day and forensic ballistics

St Valentine’s Day is the day people are encouraged to show affection but it is also the date of one of the most famous unsolved crimes.  As part of the gang warfare that formed part of the scene in Chicago in the 1920s and 30s, seven men were lined up against a wall in a Clark Street garage in Chicago and shot on the 14th February 1929.  The organiser behind the St Valentine’s Day massacre has never been identified, though it would be interesting to know if that would still be the case had this happened today.  Eye witnesses reported hearing machine guns at the time of the ...

The link between St Valentine's Day and forensic ballistics