FORREST Conference 2020 speakers

We are delighted to announce our confirmed speakers for FORREST 2020. Details of the remaining keynote speakers will be announced shortly.

Prof Tim Thompson

Prof Tim Thompson

Tim is Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology and Associate Dean (Academic) in the School of Health & Life Sciences at Teeside University. In 2014, Tim was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy for excellence in teaching and support for learning in the forensic sciences within higher education.

Tim has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books and his latest is Human Remains: Another Dimension - the application of imaging to the stud of human remains. Prior to this, he published the book The Archaeology of Cremation: Burned Human Remains in Funerary Studies, was co-author of Human Identity and Identification with Prof Rebecca Gowland (Durham University) and senior editor for the book Forensic Human Identification. Tim served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science & Justice for three years and has recently been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Human Remains and Violence: an Interdisciplinary Journal.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and the Royal Anthropological Institute and a Senior Fellow of Advance HE. Tim is a practising forensic anthropologist who has worked at home and abroad in a variety of forensic contexts.

Presentation title: You know nothing, Jon Snow...

Forensic science is underpinned by high-quality research and innovation. This focus on development and iterative improvement has resulted in a range of methods and techniques that are now available to support the criminal justice system. However, to quote Prof Stuart Firestein, 'Knowledge is a big subject, but ignorance is a bigger one. And it is ignorance - not knowledge - that is the true engine of science.' This talk will explore the implications of ignorance in forensic science learning, research and practice.

Dr Peter Maskell

Dr Peter Maskell

Peter Maskell is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Toxicology and a case active forensic toxicologist at Abertay University, Dundee. He is a Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist and holds both a BSc and PhD in Pharmacology. Peter is an active member of numerous professional societies including the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, Society of Forensic Toxicologists, a founder member of the UK & Ireland Association of Forensic Toxicologists (UKIAFT) and is currently Vice Chair of the London Toxicology Group.

As an academic he has taught both graduate and undergraduate students in the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary sciences, pharmacology, chemistry, forensic sciences and forensic toxicology. In 2017 he co-edited a book on forensic science education and training. As a forensic toxicologist he has reported over 2000 cases of unexplained death in the UK.

His research interests encompass new psychoactive substances (NPS) particularly 'designer benzodiazepines' where he has published not only on the detection but also the interpretation and physicochemical properties of these compounds. His work on benzodiazepines in 2011 was part of the research that lead to identification of the use and abuse of Phenazepam in the UK and its eventual control by the UK Government. Peter also researches uncertainty in forensic measurement and calculation, particularly related to the use of alcohol.

Presentation title: The uncertainty associated with alcohol calculations