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Steven Baginski

Steven Baginski holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of York and Master of Science in chemical biology and drug design from the University of Leeds, UK. He has worked in analytical chemistry for over five years and is currently focused on post-mortem forensic toxicology through his employment at Imperial College London's Toxicology Unit, which provides an analytical service to Her Majesty's Coroners in England and Wales. Prior to this, he worked at the Mass Spectrometry Facility at King's College London, where he carried out routine analysis of samples for researchers and gained experience of method development. Steven is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the LTG, a group dedicated to the advancement of analytical toxicology.

Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown received her MChem degree in forensic and analytical chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 2017. Remaining at the University of Strathclyde, she is currently a PhD candidate in the field of electroanalytical chemistry, financially supported by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. The main focus of her research is the development of portable electrochemical sensors for the detection of illicit substances including psychoactive compounds.

Xavier Conlan

Associate Professor Xavier Conlan has a background in analytical chemistry and the development of novel approaches for interrogating complex chemical samples. Xavier's research strongly aligns with the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department and covers areas including illicit drug characterisation, bloodstain analysis, ballistics and DNA transfer. Xavier works closely with industry and consults on drug detection cases in the horse racing industry and has contributed to policy development on illicit drugs and the community. Further Xavier has a background in science communication and presents regular radio programs on popular science and the implications of research to the broader community.

Jason Dean

Jason Dean MSc, MIFireE, FFireInv, MCSFS is a current dedicated fire investigation officer with the West Midlands Fire Service having served for 28 years. During the last 11 years of his service as an investigator, he has investigated over 400 fire scenes, 75 of which have involved fatalities. Jason has been commended for his work with the police and the fire service whilst investigating numerous fire-related murders. In 2016, Jason set up his own private fire investigation consultancy where he provides fire investigation, training and expert witness services. He is an associate lecturer at the National Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh where he co-wrote the current Level 5 Fire Investigation course. Having attained an MSc in fire scene investigation at Wolverhampton University, he now teaches on the practical elements of the same course. He has also written and delivered fire investigation training in the Middle East for Falck Fire Consulting UK and has recently helped RIVR, a virtual reality training company, develop the UK's first virtual reality fire investigation training. He is a Fellow of the UK Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (UK-AFI), where he has presented at numerous training conferences. Jason is also an examiner for the Institution of Fire Engineers

Lynn Dennany

Dr Lynn Dennany has attracted ∼£1.5M in research funding to develop electrochemical sensors for chemical and biomedical sensor applications. She is making pioneering contributions to three core areas: (1) novel electrochemiluminescence (ECL) materials; (2) development of robust surface attachment strategies for enhanced ECL sensitivities and multiplexed detection; (3) devising of novel advanced methodologies for ultrasensitive disease biomarker detection, thus making an impact on improving clinical practice. In particular, the detection of oxidative stress leading to mutagenesis, neurological diseases and aging and the early detection of biomarkers for disease detection are continuing themes within her research. She is currently a senior lecturer in chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, where she has established the electrochemical analytics group consisting of a knowledge transfer associate and 5 PhD students. Her vision is to establish rapid and portable electrochemical sensors for real world applications through understanding of electrochemical behaviour and event recognition events, particularly biochemical interactions and forensic applications as part of her involvement with the Centre of Forensic Science at Strathclyde. She has published over 50 publications and two book chapters and has successfully supervised 7 PhD students to completion.

Hilary Hamnett

Dr Hilary Hamnett obtained a Master of Chemistry and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and a Master of Science with Distinction in forensic science from the University of Strathclyde, UK. She has over eight years of experience reporting forensic toxicology results in the UK and New Zealand, and is currently Senior Lecturer in forensic science at the University of Lincoln, UK. She has published papers and book chapters, and presented at international conferences on the analysis of drugs in biological specimens, driving whilst impaired by drugs and cognitive bias in forensic toxicology. She is a member of the UK government Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

Karl Harrison

Karl Harrison is one of the UK's leading practitioner–researchers in forensic archaeology. He is a director of Alecto Forensics, a specialist forensic service provider dealing with forensic ecology disciplines and mass fatality events, and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University's Wellcome Centre for Ethics & Humanities. He is an experienced and dedicated forensic archaeologist and forensic ecology adviser with a strong background in operational crime scene investigation working for UK police forces. Over the past eighteen years, he has examined approximately 6000 crime scenes as a general criminalist and in excess of 200 scenes as a forensic archaeologist. During this time, he has managed the high-profile searches for Madeleine McCann and Ben Needham, and has supervised the scene science investigations of Didcot Power Station and Grenfell Tower.

Ward van Helmond

After completing a Master in life science & technology at the Technical University of Delft, Ward van Helmond started a PhD in forensic chemistry at the Netherlands Forensic Institute and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. The topic of his PhD was analyzing fingerprint chemical composition with the aim of retrieving donor information. Using various mass spectrometry-based analytical techniques, he has analyzed a wide range of both endogenous and exogenous compounds from fingerprints.

Max M. Houck

An international expert in the forensic sciences, Dr Max M. Houck has nearly 30 years of expertise in casework, research, management, and writing. His casework includes the Branch Davidian Investigation, the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon, the D.B. Cooper case, and the West Memphis Three, among hundreds of others. He has managed tens of millions of dollars in grants and his committee work includes the White House, the National Academies of Science, the Royal Society, and Interpol. Dr Houck is one of the most published professionals in his field. He is Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Science International: Synergy, the first Gold Open Access journal in the discipline. Dr Houck is also Editor-in-Chief of the third edition of The Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. Dr Houck is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a retired member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. He is currently the Forensic Portfolio Innovator at the Global Forensic and Justice Center at Florida International University.

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson is an academic, military officer and forensic scientist, with a record in providing strategic advice, training and education on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosives (CBRNE), intelligence and forensics to government, armed forces, academia and industry. Educated at Cambridge University and Cranfield University, he has received broad training across policing and counter terrorism, with specialisation in CBRNE. He was previously a Royal Engineer, with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials and weapons (CBRN), Search and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experience, and then transferred to the ready to return (RTR) and the Joint CBRN Regiment. At Cranfield University he is Course Director for the MSc Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation course and runs courses and research on CBRN, fire and explosions, explosives and terrorism. His hazardous forensics module, supported by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), was the first of its kind in the UK. He was recently appointed to the professorial committee of the University of Tor Vergata, on their CBRNE Protection Master of Engineering program, where he has also taught on explosives, CBRN and crisis communication. He is a military reservist and is a special constable with Wiltshire Police where he is a member of a response team in Wiltshire North.

Agnieszka Martyna

Agnieszka Martyna is a senior researcher working in the Forensic Chemistry Unit, Institute of Chemistry, the University of Silesia in Katowice in Poland. Her main interests include application of the statistical and chemometric tools for interpretation of the evidential value of physicochemical data for forensic purposes, with a special emphasis on the analysis of analytical spectroscopic and chromatographic signals. Her research was widely published (ORCID: 0000-0003-3681-8640; SCOPUS: 55542589100) in peer reviewed journals, and she has co-authored a book published by John Wiley and Sons in 2014 (ISBN 978-0-470-97210-6).

Marcel de Puit

After a position at Pfizer (Sandwich, UK) and Specs Compound Handling (Delft, NL), Assistant Professor Marcel de Puit, went to work for the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) as the Research Lead for fingerprint research in 2007. Since 2015 he has been a part-time Associate Professor at the Delft University of Technology (TUDelft). His experience in research started at the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK) with a R&D traineeship as a part of his BSc studies, under the supervision of Prof. P. J. Kocienski. After finishing his BSc he took up a PhD position at the University of Leeds, UK, again under the supervision of Prof. Kocienski. His research interests range from the development of new visualisation reagents to the chemical analysis of fingerprints. The research so far has resulted in some interesting insights in the development and the chemical profiling of latent fingerprints. The chemical profiling can in future be used to estimate the age of fingerprints and establish certain habits of the donor. At present a research project on the use of fingerprints for the evaluation of hypotheses at activity level is ongoing. As founding father of the European Division of The International Association for Identification he is a member of the board of directors and currently the treasurer.

Sarah Russell

Dr Sarah Russell obtained the degrees of Bachelor of Science with Honours and Doctor of Philosophy in chemistry from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Wyoming, United States of America, from 1990 to 1993. She joined the toxicology group at The Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) in 1993. She has developed a special expertise in new analytical methodology and workplace drug testing. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists and the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society. Sarah was awarded a fellowship to the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry in 2007. She has published papers in the fields of chemistry and toxicology.

Ashton Theakstone

Ashton Theakstone is a research associate in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde. She graduated from her PhD in forensic chemistry at Deakin University in 2019. Her research interests include both forensic chemistry and clinical bioanalytical chemistry, with particular knowledge in HPLC separations, chemiluminescence and electrochemiluminescence detections as well as vibrational spectroscopy techniques.

Marielle Vennemann

Professor Dr Marielle Vennemann is a professor in forensic molecular biology working at the University of Münster, Germany. She is currently head of the forensic genetics section at the Institute of Legal Medicine of the University Hospital in Münster. She has twenty years of experience in forensic genetics and has contributed numerous highly cited articles on novel molecular methods to extend the forensic toolbox. She is responsible for DNA analysis in over 1000 cases per year and regularly gives evidence in courts of criminal trials. She holds a postgraduate degree in academic teaching and is frequently asked to give guest lectures at various universities across Europe and keynote lectures at scientific conferences. She is a member of the executive board of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG).

Grzegorz Zadora

Grzegorz Zadora is a professor in the Institute of Forensic Research in Krakow, and in the Forensic Chemistry Unit, Institute of Chemistry, the University of Silesia in Katowice in Poland. He is a forensic expert in the field of physicochemical analysis of microtraces and blood pattern analysis and he mainly focuses on the development of the statistical tools assisting in forensic data interpretation and analysis. He has published widely (ORCID: 0000-0002-3906-2861; SCOPUS: 6603075450), in peer reviewed journals and authored a book published by John Wiley and Sons in 2014 (ISBN 978-0-470-97210-6).

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