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12 November 2018

King's Forensics expands collaboration with the Government of Kazakhstan

King's Forensics has won a contract from the Government of Kazakhstan to help reform its justice sector.

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forensic students

The Forensic Biochemistry Group led by Dr Nunzianda Frascione has won a contract from the Government of Kazakhstan to help reform its justice sector. This is in addition to previous awards received by King’s since October 2016.

The latest round of funding will focus solely on the professional development of 28 Kazakh forensic experts as part of the Bolashak International Scholarships. These prestigious scholarships are offered each year by the Government of Kazakhstan and give Kazakh nationals the opportunity to pursue further education at leading overseas universities.

During their stay in London, the students will receive training from King’s scientists and visit forensic facilities across the UK. They will also undertake an independent research project which will give them the knowledge and skills needed to pioneer new techniques in Kazakhstan.

We are looking forward to welcoming the experts as part of our strong relationship with the Kazakhstan Ministry of Justice. We hope that this programme will continue to contribute to the improvement of judicial and expert activity in the Republic of Kazakhstan based on learned experiences in the UK.

Dr Nunzianda Frascione, King's Forensics

Started in October 2016, the Forensic Capacity Strengthening Project looks at several aspects of forensic science and its provision including: lab management, specialist training, regulation and governance. It is delivered by a consortium of organisations from the UK and Kazakhstan including King’s. The project is part of the Justice Sector Institutional Strengthening Programme undertaken jointly by the Kazakhstan Ministry of Justice and the World Bank.

Yury Bikbaev, Project Leader of the Strengthening Forensic Capacity Project, who spoke at King’s Forensics inaugural symposium: Global Forensics in the 21st Century in September 2018, said:

I was very pleased to be asked to be part of a distinguished panel of forensic experts and to give a talk at the Symposium. King’s has been instrumental in our project and this is a great opportunity to showcase our work in Kazakhstan, share insight and exchange ideas with colleagues from across the wider field of forensics.

Yury Bikbaev, Project Leader

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Nunzianda Frascione

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science