Crime Scene Analysis and Victim Identification Forum - 2nd Annual Event

Monday, 03 March 2014

This is a Euroscicon Small Conference,  an outline of the day can be found at

About the Chair
Claire Gwinnett a principal lecturer and researcher in forensic science; specifically trace evidence and forensic database production, at Staffordshire University.  She has carried out consultancy work with other forensic practitioners in the development of a range of forensic databases including textile fibres, animal hair and bare footprints and has developed novel methods for generating forensic databases and proficiency testing for assessing the quality of data collected. Currently, Dr Claire Gwinnett is working with CAST (Centre of Applied Science and Technology) in the generation of a proficiency-testing scheme for scientists working in fingerprint research.  Dr Gwinnett has advised in the development of a new system for competency testing with the Forensic Science Society in the UK and currently is a consultant advisor to the International Association for Identification’s (IAI) Professional Programs Quality Assurance Governing Board (PPQAB). Dr Gwinnett is also currently working with The Netherlands Forensic Institute and UK police forces in the testing of a new method, developed and patented at Staffordshire University, which will enhance forensic fibres work across the world. Dr Gwinnett has also been a developer for the generation of forensic science education and training for the University of Mauritius and is currently the external examiner for the forensic science programme at the University of Technology in Jamaica. Dr Gwinnett has presented her research at national and international conferences for over 9 years and is currently contributing to the first UK forensic education textbook.

About the Speakers
Meez Islam is a Reader in Physical Chemistry at Teesside University whose research interests lie in the development and application of techniques based on optical spectroscopy. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Oxford University and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Birmingham University.

David Scaysbrook joined the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory in 1974.  He trained in the examination of hairs, textile fibres, body fluids, blood pattern distribution and, later, DNA profiling. He transferred to the laboratory’s Fire Investigation Unit where he investigated numerous fatal, suspicious, accidental and deliberate fires together with gas and vapour explosions. Following the merger with the Home Office Forensic Science Service David transferred to the Chepstow laboratory where he led a team of scientists.  On the closure of the FSS David became a consultant and co-director of ‘S&T Forensics’ and managing director of ‘Gardiner Fire Investigation’.

Latha Sundar has obtained her PhD in Analytical Chemistry and has been involved in utilising the gained expertise in the Forensic field after joining ARRO Supranano Ltd.   To her credit she holds 20 papers published in Internationally reputed journals.  She has more than 13 years of experience in analytical chemistry and currently involved in synthesizing surface functionalized nanoparticles and its application in drug detection for forensic and toxicological applications.  She is a member of Royal Society of Chemistry and American Academy of Mass Spectrometry.

Jessica Woodhams, is a forensic psychologist who works at the University of Birmingham, UK.  She is an expert in the area of crime linkage and serial interpersonal crime. She has published widely on the subject writing numerous articles and book chapters. She is currently co-editing the first book on the topic. She has been consulted as an expert witness on crime linkage and behavioural similarity. She is the founder of the Crime Linkage International NetworK.

Maria Maclennan is a Contemporary Jewellery Designer/Researcher, Lecturer and PhD Student in Design at the Visual Research Centre, University of Dundee.  Her award-winning research into ‘Forensic Jewellery’ is a unique interdisciplinary collaboration between the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) and Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID). She has previously worked with INTERPOL, the Home Office and Police Scotland on projects relating to jewellery and design, having also recently completed a 6-month internship with the national College of Policing at Bramshill.

Wesley Vernon OBE is Head of Podiatry Services and Research Lead for Sheffield Community Services & Visiting Professor at Huddersfield and Staffordshire Universities.  He is a Fellow of  the Forensic Science Society and a Distinguished Member of the International Association for Identification where he Chairs the forensic podiatry sub-committee. He chairs the Healthy Footwear Guide scheme and is Vice Chair of the Society of Shoefitters.  In 2010, he initiated a new competency testing scheme for independent forensic practitioners through the FSSoc.  In 2009, he was awarded an OBE for services to medicine and health care.

Ivan Birch is Consultant Expert Witness in forensic gait analysis with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Ivan graduated in 1978 with a BSc Joint Honours in Science from the University of Salford, gained an MSc in Human Biology from the University of Loughborough in 1980, and was awarded a PhD in Biomechanics by the University of Brighton in 2007. He has extensive experience of teaching biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and research methods, and is a Professional Member of the Forensic Science Society and Emeritus Professor of Human Sciences. He has more than 30 years’ experience of gait analysis.

Amal AlAli  holds a BDs In dental science From King Saud University Riyadh. Moved to Uk since 2006 starting McLIN IN Padiatric dentistry then join Queen Marry for a PhD Where she start working on 3-D and Identification. She presenyed on national and international meetings and her reserch on the Bite mark and Child abuse Accepted for research prize competition on the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry, 10-13 September Edinburgh UK.

Stephen Crabbe
is the Managing Director of Crabbe Consulting Ltd (CCLD). CCLD works at the interfaces between end users, researchers and industry to support international cooperative research and technological development (RTD) often with European funding, particularly in connection with security challenges facing society.  He has over 15 years of experience initiating and managing RTD projects, targeted research, developing strategies for the implementation of RTD results and in additional aspects of management and strategic consultancy. In the area of forensics, previous projects have included the development of a police database to identify and link missing persons and unidentified bodies at an international level. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Laws from University College London and a postgraduate diploma in vocational training for the Bar from BPP University College of Professional Studies.

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