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Forensics experts to discuss interpretation of evidence at Abertay

10 June 2013

Representatives from the fields of forensic science, psychology and the police service will gather at Abertay University on Wednesday (June 12th), to discuss one of the most contentious issue within forensic science today.

The way in which evidence is assessed and interpreted is the source of great debate within the sector, as individuals approach the same kinds of evidence from different perspectives, depending upon which side of the investigation they are on.

This happens not only at a crime scene, but within the laboratory and in court as well, and applies to scientists, the police, and lawyers alike.

The reasons for this are many, but a certain amount of inherent cognitive bias will always be involved.

Wednesday’s knowledge transfer event - entitled "Perceptions in Forensic Science" - will bring together leading experts to discuss the influence that psychological, and other, factors may have on an investigator’s conclusions.

Speakers at the event will include:

Professor Graham Jackson, Visiting Professor of Forensic Science, University of Abertay Dundee

Mr Callum Sutherland, Head of Research, La Plante Productions

Professor Mike Burton, Chair of Psychology, University of Aberdeen

Programme Tutor for Forensic Science at Abertay University Mr Darren Phillips, who will be hosting the event, said:

"The way forensic science evidence is perceived by individuals is currently a very contentious subject within the sector. Scenes of crime officers, police, forensic scientists and lawyers all have important roles within the judicial system and all interact with forensic science evidence in the course of their working lives. How they all perceive the same types of evidence can sometimes be quite different however. By hosting this knowledge transfer event, it is hoped such differences can be highlighted and discussed.”

The event is free, but booking is essential. Please contact Laura Jeffrey to register your interest:


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