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Forensic Geophysics & Forensic Geoscience 2020

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Online Event
2 December 2020
for anyone interested in forensic investigations
The event will capture shared interests related to crime investigation

Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of our Soil Forensics Group, will be co-convenor of a one day joint meeting of the Near Surface Geophysics and Forensic Geoscience Groups of the Geological Society.

This meeting will capture shared interests between the geological, environmental science, engineering, geotechnical, mining and archaeological communities with those working in the fields of serious crime investigation, environmental law and mineral/metal fraud. Presentations involving remote sensing, geophysics, geochemistry, mineralogy are suggested. The authors of the Geological Society ‘Guide to Forensic Geology’ will present on various topics contained in this soon-to-be published book.


Prof Lorna Dawson (James Hutton Institute), Dr Alastair Ruffell (QUB) & Dr Jamie Pringle (Keele University).

For more information, a full event programme and to book your place, visit the event page on The Geological Society website.

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