At the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science (LRCFS) we work with members of the public, schools, industry and representatives from across the criminal justice ecosystem to strengthen the scientific robustness underpinning the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of the forensic evidence being used in our courts. We also explore the development of new techniques for using science in the service of truth and justice. One of our cornerstones is developing new ways to make science understandable and accessible to everyone within the criminal judicial process where the clear communication of science is of such huge importance.
Our approach to public engagement was recognised by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement with a Gold Award.
Public Engagement underpins our mission to raise the standards of science used in our courts. It is fundamental to informing and guiding all of our research at the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science. To build trust in science we consult, collaborate and communicate with partners in the justice system, industry and the public. Through public engagement we strengthen our research and contribute positively to society by responding to real life needs.
1. Establish confidence in the use of science within the justice system.
2. Create a research culture that is engaged with the justice system, industry and the public to meet the needs of society.
3. Inspire and encourage the next generation of researcher and forensic practitioners who can support safe justice.
How we do it
Our work and research has been informed by a series of ‘Strategic Conversations’ where we bring people together from across the scientific and legal disciplines and beyond and from across the world to discuss challenges relating to particular areas of forensic science. These conversations inform some of the research we undertake. To date we have held conversations on the following areas:
- The future of DNA evidence
- Transfer and Persistence of material in the environment
- The future of Digital Evidence
We have opportunities to contribute to our work through citizen science projects and classroom activities. These are suitable for school groups, adults and uniform groups. You can see more about the projects that are currently active here.
If you are interested in what we are doing, wish to collaborate with us or involve us in an event please get in touch with us at LRC@dundee.ac.uk
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You can view video, talks and podcasts from the centre:
- The role of forensic science in criminal investigations. Professor Niamh Nic Daeid spoke to The Science Show on ABC Radio Australia (21 Dec 2019)
- Inside Science with Adam Rutherford (BBC Radio 4) Professor Niamh Nic Daeid discusses the reaction to the House of Lords Scientific Enquiry into Forensic Science in the UK (May 2019)
- The Conversation: Lords Inquiry Says Forensic Science is Broken, here's how we can start to fix it (May 2019)
- Inside Science with Adam Rutherford (BBC Radio 4) Professor Niamh Nic Daeid discusses Sole Searching Forensic Shoeprint Citizen Science project (April 2019)
- Insight Podcast with Dr Oluwasesan Adegoke (March 2019)
- Insight Podcast with Professor Niamh Nic Daeid (February 2019)
- Inside Science with Adam Rutherford (BBC Radio 4)
- Professor Niamh Nic Daéid at PechaKucha Dundee
- Never Settle Podcast Interview
- Professor Niamh Nic Daéid TEDxDundee: ‘Disruption Communication Change’
- The Life Scientific with Jim Al-Khalili (BBC Radio 4)