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09:00 - 12:00 13 June 2017

Does the UK Need a 'Body Farm'?


Lecture Theatre 1 | Cruciform Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Anna Williams, University of Huddersfield, Anna is an experienced Forensic Anthropologist, with considerable case work experience. She regularly undertakes consultancy work for national police forces, Forensic Engineering Solutions and Kenyon International Emergency Services. Anna is currently Editor-in-Chief of a volume dedicated to Forensic Science Education, published in June by Wiley Publishing. She also acts as an External Examiner for Kingston University, and has been External Examiner for doctoral candidates at Bournemouth University and University of Technology Sydney. Anna is passionate about science communication. She was the winner of the Forensic Zone of the prestigious Wellcome Trust-funded I’m A Scientist competition in 2011. In 2014. Anna was awarded a British Science
Dr Jamie Pringle, Keele University
Dr Lorna Irish, Defence, Science, and Technology Lab (DSTL, UK)
Dr Martin Hall, Natural History Museum
Dr Amoret Whitaker, Natural History Museum

The UCL Centre for Forensic Sciences are hosting a free public discussion with Dr Anna Williams (University of Huddersfield) about Human Taphonomy Facilities (colloquially known as ‘Body Farms’). This is a unique opportunity to hear about how they contribute to forensic science and our understanding of human decomposition in a variety of conditions, hear arguments for and against them, and have your say about whether you think one is necessary in the UK. The event will include information about existing Human Taphonomy Facilities around the world, and what they have taught the forensic sciences, as well as an overview of the legal and ethical situation in the UK.

There will be presentations from leading UK researchers and practitioners undertaking cutting edge research that could benefit from access to a Human Taphonomy Facility, and an opportunity to ask questions of experts, air your concerns and put your opinions across.


Sian Smith
+44 (0)7973552442 | faaesymposium@gmail.com


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