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08 October 2018

King's Forensics celebrates symposium success

Will Richard, Communications & Engagement Officer

On 3 and 4 September 2018 King’s Forensics held their inaugural symposium: Global Forensics in the 21st Century.

Professor Ed Byrne launches the syposium
Professor Ed Byrne launches the syposium

Across the two days over 400 forensic scientists, practitioners and students came together to scrutinise the challenges faced by modern governments, police forces and justice departments and explore the role forensic science has in overcoming them.

Professor Ed Byrne, President & Principal of King’s College London, launched the event, placing King’s Forensics at the core of the College’s Service, Research and Education agendas. Sessions covered crime scene genetics, toxicology, doping in sport in athletes and animals, as well as digital, environmental and wildlife crime. They highlighted not only the breadth of King’s Forensics’ research but also the reach of the group in the forensic science sector both within the UK and internationally.

King's welcomed collaborators from around the world including: the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW),  the Kazakhstan Ministry of Justice, the Metropolitan Police, the City of London Police and the Universities of Amsterdam, Leicester and Rome.

The programme ended with student presentations and prizes presented by Professor Richard Trembath, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.

Professor Kim Wolff MBE, newly appointed Director of King’s Forensics, said of the symposium:

I want to extend my thanks and a well done to everyone who participated. The feedback from the event has been absolutely fabulous and has clearly shown that King’s Forensics can be the leading light for research, education and service delivery in this area. We have lots of exciting opportunities ahead and I look forward to working with all of you in my new role as Director.

Professor Kim Wolff

King's has had an active, dedicated forensic science research programme since 1978. Today King’s Forensics comprises five key research and teaching groups:

  • Analytical Toxicology & Addiction Science
  • DNA Analysis & Forensic Genetics
  • Drug Control Centre & Anti-Doping Testing in Sport
  • Environmental Forensics
  • Forensic Biochemistry

We deliver a range of accredited forensic science services and teach the Forensic Science MSc: the first postgraduate course in England in this discipline.