Meeting – the role of databases in forensic science

On Tuesday 15 March, a Section meeting on the role of databases in forensic science was held at the Royal Statistical Society headquarters on Errol Street, London. We had three very interesting talks:

  • Professor Graham Jackson (Visiting Professor of Forensic Science at Abertay University and Consultant Forensic Scientist at Advance Forensic Science) and Mr Adam Baines (Forensic Specialist, Lancashire Constabulary) spoke on  “The use of databases in footwear mark cases”. The slides can be downloaded here: GrahamJacksonAdamBainesSlides,
  • Dr Tina Lovelock (Interpretation Lead, Cellmark Forensic Services) spoke on “Non-DNA databases and collections in forensic science”, and
  • Dr Ian Evett, CBE (Forensic Statistician, Principal Forensic Services) spoke on  “The logical foundations of forensic science: future challenges”. The slides for this talk can be downloaded here: IanEvettSlides. Dr Evett’s paper on this topic (which is in a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B on the paradigm shift for forensic science) can be found here: http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/370/1674/20140263.

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Event – Women and the Criminal Justice System – past, present and future

The Centre for Criminology and School of Law at the University of Essex are hosting a one-day event with the Royal Statistical Society which may be of interest.  The event, entitled Women and the Criminal Justice System – past, present and future, brings together academics and professionals to consider women’s journeys through the criminal justice system as victims and offenders, using a range of statistical and qualitative evidence.

 

Title: Women and the Criminal Justice System – past, present and future

Date: 15 April 2016

Venue: Royal Statistical Society, London,

Blurb: Join us in London for our one-day conference to discuss women as victims and as perpetrators of crime.

Throughout the day, academic researchers and professional practitioners will describe and analyse the journeys women take as they engage with the criminal justice system – from the point of being at risk of becoming a victim or offender, through experiences of trial, diversion and being inside and outside of prison – using a range of statistical and qualitative evidence.

This conference brings together the latest academic and policy analysis to key issues concerning women and the criminal justice system, aiming to inform practice, stimulate academic-professional partnerships and provide an opportunity for networking.

This conference is organised by the Centre for Criminology and the School of Law at the University of Essex with the Royal Statistical Society, co-sponsored by ESRC and Palgrave MacMillan.

Tickets are free and all are welcome.  Lunch will be provided with a wine reception to close proceedings.

For further information see our website: http://www.essex.ac.uk/events/event.aspx?e_id=9439

Meeting – the role of databases in forensic science

Date: Tuesday March 15th, 2016

Time: 2.00 – 4.30 p.m

Location: Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8LX (www.rss.org.uk)

Statistics and Law Section – the role of databases in forensic science

2.00 – 2.10 Introduction

2.10
Professor Graham Jackson
(Visiting Professor of Forensic Science at Abertay University and Consultant Forensic Scientist at Advance Forensic Science)
Mr Adam Baines (Forensic Specialist, Lancashire Constabulary)

The use of databases in footwear mark cases

2.50
Dr Tina Lovelock
(Interpretation Lead, Cellmark Forensic Services)

Non-DNA databases and collections in forensic science

3.30
Dr Ian Evett, CBE
(Forensic Statistician, Principal Forensic Services)

Database issues in relation to DNA evidence

4.10 Discussion

4.30 Close of meeting.

The meeting is free to attend but registration is required.  Please register by sending an e-mail with your name and affiliation and mentioning the date and title of the meeting to events@rss.org.uk.

All interested non-members of the Royal Statistical Society are welcome.  Refreshments will be available before the meeting.

Any enquiries to roberto.puch-solis@lgcgroup.com

Royal Society – special issue of Philosophical Transactions B

Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B entitled “The paradigm shift for forensic science”, organized and edited by Niamh Nic Daeid and Sue Black. This special issue is free to access until 30 November (along with ALL Royal Society content) at

http://bit.ly/PTB1674.

The articles can also be accessed directly at

http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/370/1674.

A print version is also available at the special price of £35.00. You can order online via the above web page (enter special code TB 1674 when prompted) or, alternatively, you can contact debbie.vaughan@royalsociety.org.

Second meeting – AGM and legal epidemiology

On Wednesday 21 October, the second meeting of the Section was held at the Royal Statistical Society headquarters in Errol street. At the AGM preceding the meeting it was announced that no further nominations for committee members of the Section had been received, so the provisional committee were duly elected. Following the AGM, three presentations were heard:

Professor Alex Burdorf, Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam ‘An epidemiologist’s experience of giving expert evidence in asbestos litigation’ DownloadSlides

Dr Claire McIvor, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham ‘A view from legal academia: the doubles the risk test and other basic mistakes that the courts make about epidemiology’

Professor Philip Dawid, Emeritus Professor of Statistics, University of Cambridge ‘Legal epidemiology and the significance of the distinction between effects of causes and causes of effects’ DownloadSlides

RSS conference 2015 session

On Thursday 10 September there was a “Statistics and the Law” session at the Royal Statistical Society conference at The Forum in Exeter. There were three presentations on different aspects of the intersection of statistics and the law, followed by a lively discussion session. The presentations were:

Dr R. Puch-Solis (LGC Forensics) – Statistical evaluation of forensic DNA evidence

Professor J. Hutton (University of Warwick) – Epidemiological evidence in civil cases DownloadSlides

Dr A. Wilson (Durham University) – The evaluation of evidence consisting of traces of cocaine on banknotes DownloadSlides

and the discussion was chaired by Professor J. Hutton.

Seminar on Legal Epidemiology – October 21st

The next meeting of the Statistics and Law section of the Royal Statistical Society will be held on Wednesday October 21st from 2.30 – 4.30 p.m. at Errol Street. It will be preceded by the AGM at 2.00 p.m.

If you are planning to attend please register at events@rss.org.uk

Epidemiological evidence and tort litigation: A study in judicial confusion about basic statistics

2.00 – 2.30 Annual General Meeting

Seminar on Legal Epidemiology

2.30 – 2.35 Welcome and Introduction by seminar chair, Dr Claire McIvor

2.35 – 3.10 ‘An epidemiologist’s experience of giving expert evidence in asbestos litigation’
Professor Alex Burdorf, Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam

3.10 – 3.45 ‘A view from legal academia: the doubles the risk test and other basic mistakes that the courts make about epidemiology’
Dr Claire McIvor, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham

3.45 – 4.20 ‘Legal epidemiology and the significance of the distinction between effects of causes and causes of effects’
Professor Philip Dawid, Emeritus Professor of Statistics, University of Cambridge

4.20 – 4.30 Concluding thoughts

Tea and coffee will be available before the seminar.

Travel Information: The nearest tube stations are Moorgate, Old Street, Liverpool Street and Barbican.