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Apr 11, 2019

Friends Dinner 2019

Speaker:  Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE

The British Academy of Forensic Sciences coridally invite you to the BAFS Friends' Dinner 2019.

Richard III was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at Bosworth Field, the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England. His remains were lost for more than five centuries until they were uncovered during an archaeological excavation on a city council car park. Professor Hainsworth will speak about her involvement in identifying the skeleton as that of Richard III.


  • Non-Member £80.00
  • Member £70.00
  • Student £40.00

 Guests arrive – drinks reception 
7.00pm Guests proceed to Chapter Hall to dine 
8.30pm Comfort break 
8.40pm Professor Sarah Hainsworth 
9.10pm Q & A Chatham House Rules 
10.00pm Carriages

£ 80.00
May 20, 2019

The role of plants, fungi and algae in environmental forensics

Speaker: Mark Spencer

Botanists have been working on crime scenes since at least the 1920s. Today, the botanical sciences have the potential to play a key role in some criminal investigations. Advances in molecular biology, especially those relating to non-human DNA, mean that investigators should be more able to use environmental trace evidence during a investigation. However, there are still significant barriers, such as cost, to its use in court. Additionally, more ‘traditional’ approaches such as vegetation fragment identification, are still valuable tools.

Unsurprisingly, the current challenges facing the UK forensics sector are evident in environmental forensics. This talk, by forensic botanist Mark Spencer, will provide an overview of how botany can be applied in the criminal environment, explore more personal observations on the strengths and weaknesses of crime scene management and suggest some options for the future.


  • Non-Member £25.00
  • Member £15.00
  • Student £5.00
£ 25.00