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Seminar Series

The SJRig seminar series provides a platform to engage with criminologists, scientists, lawyers, law enforcement and security professionals, academics and other stakeholders in discussions on the role of science in securing a ‘just’ society. Our seminar series attract a wide range of audience, including academics, researchers, students and practitioners in forensic science, law and related fields.

Please contact Prof. Carole McCartney ( or Dr. Aaron Amankwaa ( for further details and information of how to attend or propose a talk in our 2021/22 Virtual Seminar Series.

Upcoming Seminars

Wednesday 15th December 2021 at 4 PM (GMT)

Susana Costa, researcher at Centre for Social Studies at University of Coimbra, Portugal.

“Not all that glitters is gold”. Forensic imaginaries and symbolic value of DNA technology: The case of two Forensic Technical Police Units in Portugal"

Thursday 27th January 2022 at 5 PM (GMT)

Forensic Science Research Group seminar: Prof Shari Forbes, University of Three Rivers, Quebec

"Bodies of Knowledge: The importance of human taphonomy facilities to forensic science"

Monday 31st January 2022 at 4 PM (GMT)

Helen Rutherford & Clare Sandford-Couch.

“13 yards off the big gate and 37 yards up the West Walls”. Crime scene investigation in mid-nineteenth century Newcastle-upon-Tyne. (History of forensics in Newcastle)"

Thursday 24th February 2022 at 5 PM (GMT)

Forensic Science Research Group seminar: Prof Christophe Champod, University of Lausanne

"Implementation of algorithms in pattern and impression evidence"

Previous Seminars

Tuesday 7th December at 3 PM (GMT)

Dr Brian Plastow, Scottish Biometrics Commissioner.

"Code of Practice on the acquisition, retention, use and destruction of biometric data for criminal justice and police purposes in Scotland."

Thursday 2nd December 5 PM (GMT)

Forensic Science Research Group seminar: Dr. Max Houck, Florida International University

"Categorize, Compare, Source: Core Concepts in Forensic Science."

Wednesday 1st December 3 PM (GMT)

Dr Marion Oswald, School of Law, Northumbria University.

"Royal Statistical Society Talk: "Good law, good science and accountability: Achieving trustworthy use of emerging technologies in UK policing."

Wednesday 17th November 5 PM (GMT)

Centre for Crime and Policing Event: Professor Mike Rowe (Northumbria University)

"Police Uniforms."

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