4 Sep 2018

LRCFS at Café Science Dundee - The Future of Crime Scene Investigations

Roy Mudie will be speaking at the next Café Science Dundee event about his work and research with the Leverhulme Centre for Forensic Science on new technology and how it might help support forensic investigations of crime scenes in the future. Real-life crime scenes are so very different from how you see them on TV.  We are all familiar with the typical crime scene in TV and films, featuring white-suited experts working indoors, in a large, tidy space that happens to have a dead body in it. Real crime scenes can be cluttered, cramped, noisy and chaotic, and forensic experts need all the help th...

LRCFS at Café Science Dundee - The Future of Crime Scene Investigations

4 Sep 2018

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid receives the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes Distinguished Forensic Scientist Award

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, of the University of Dundee, has been named the recipient of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) Distinguished Forensic Scientist Award. Professor NicDaeid, Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS) at Dundee, is the first woman to be presented with the honour, and also the first person from a UK academic institution. The award is highly prestigious and is only given once every three years to ‘honour an individual who has performed outstanding scientific work in forensic science’. She was presented with the aw...

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid receives the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes Distinguished Forensic Scientist Award

29 Aug 2018

Reproducible Forensic Science Workshop

The Leverhulme Centre for Forensic Science led a workshop at the European Academy for Forensic Science (EAFS) in Lyon titled ‘Computational Resources for Reproducible Forensic Science’. This workshop, organised by Dr Christian Cole and Roy Mudie discussed the background to why open data is important for the forensic science field, the current availability of data and outlined the tools researchers and practitioners could use to share data. During the workshop they highlighted the important issues facing not only forensic science, but science in general, with respect to the lack reprod...

Reproducible Forensic Science Workshop

14 Aug 2018

A Nuffield Summer of Forensic Science

The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science hosted four Nuffield Research Placement students this summer who have been working with scientists to design new experiments relating to fingerprint quality and DNA collection from fingerprints. The students, Miryn Doyle, Chloe Allison, Evan Robertson and Semma-Mai Hayes spent six weeks in the LRCFS labs conducting experiments and creating a new tool for fingerprint collection. Miryn, Chloe and Semma-Mai assessed the pressure required to generate a usable fingerprint collection and how it related to the amount of DNA that could be collected from the sampl...

A Nuffield Summer of Forensic Science

10 Aug 2018

Is Reproducible Science Well Understood in Forensic Science?

The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science are inviting the forensic science community to input to a study on reproducible science. Being able to repeat an experiment is core to the scientific method. When studies are published in the peer-reviewed literature they should contain enough information in the methodology such that another scientist is capable of redoing the work. By repeating others' work scientists can build upon it and extend the knowledge base, which is where the term "standing upon the shoulders of giants" originates. Despite this tenet of science, recent editorials and commentary ...

Is Reproducible Science Well Understood in Forensic Science?