Thursday, 04 March 2021
From 1900 to 2100
MedChi Hall or Zoom
NATURAL JUSTICE AND PLACE: EXAMPLES OF HOW SOIL CAN BE USED AS INTELLIGENCE AND EVIDENCE IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Professor Lorna Dawson CBE, Head of Forensic Soil Science, The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
Lorna Dawson graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Geography from Edinburgh University and then a PhD in Soil Science from Aberdeen University. Currently she is Principal Scientist and Head of Forensic Soil Science at the James Hutton Institute, Visiting Professor at RGU, Chartered Scientist, Fellow of the Institute of British Soil Scientists, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
She is an advisor with the National Crime Agency, Expert Witness, and holds diplomas in civil and criminal law, and has worked on over 150 cases with police, agencies, and lawyers across the UK and overseas. She has published over 100 scientific papers, books and book chapters, sits on the BAS General Committee, and holds a diploma in Science Communication, Bristol. She is the Science Advisor and KE Lead for Environment for SEFARI (Scottish Environment Food Agriculture Research Institutes) and sits on the Environment Protection Scotland Land Quality Expert Advisory Group. She authored the RSA Scotland FFCC report and is co-lead in the Food, Farming and Countryside (FFCC) current devolved Scotland inquiry.
The talk will cover examples from real case work and from fiction where evidence from the earth has been of importance in helping to solve crimes and to bring about natural justice.