Niamh Nic Daeid: Does Forensic Science have a Future?

Niamh Nic Daeid: Does Forensic Science have a Future?

Forensic science is in crisis and has recently been described as unfit for purpose, with no foundational scientific validity and in some cases, no better than witchcraft. This presentation will shine a light on forensic science reflecting on its history and development. We will discuss recent developments in Scotland with the development of the new Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic science and the opportunities it will bring to create a disruptive step change in how forensic science is viewed from both within the domain and externally. We will discuss bright spots, Medici moments, Merchants of light and and the interdisciplinary disruptive research which is very much needed within the forensic science ecosystem.

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid is Director of Research at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science a £10million a year project with the remit to disrupt the forensic science ecosystem. She is a forensic chemist specialising in fire investigation, and the clandestine manufacture and characterisation of drugs of abuse. She is the current Vice Chair of the scientific advisory board of the International Criminal Court and is an advisor to the United Nations on aspects of New psychoactive drugs. She is a past chair of the European fire and explosion investigation working group and holds leadership positions for INTERPOL in forensic science. She has led teams which have developed European and UK National standards for fire investigation. She undertakes casework in forensic chemistry including fire scene investigation, terrorist events and the investigation of clandestine drugs and has been involved in over a hundred serious criminal cases.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a Fellow of the Chartered Society for Forensic Science where she was Editor in Chief of Science and Justice for 6 years. She has been awarded the Peter Ganci Award for services to fire investigation, the Brownfield Briefing award for scientific advancement and an ITech award for learning technology in Higher Education. She is also the recipient of a range of technology innovation awards. She has published over 148 peer reviewed research papers and book chapters and holds a grant portfolio in excess of £11 million. She is on the steering committee for the development of judicial primers for the Royal Society, Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and the Lord President of Scotland.

This event is part of the Edinburgh Science Festival. The event is free and not ticketed. Accepting a Meetup invitation does not guarantee entry. Please get to the Banshee in good time to ensure a seat.