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News for 2017

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Forensic Geology themed issue of Episodes: Journal of International Geoscience

    
    
Episodes Vol 40 No 2 (Jun, 2017)
    
Visit http://www.episodes.org/journalArchiveArticle.do to see the full issue.

 

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Congratulations to Dr. Ruth Morgan

    
    
Ruth Morgan has been conferred with the title of Professor of Crime and Forensic Science at UCL, the first chair in Forensic Science at UCL. It is recognition of internationally leading research, excellence and innovation in teaching, developing channels for knowledge transfer and for service to the academic and stakeholder communities.
    
IFG congratulates Dr. Morgan on this will deserved promotion.

 

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Professor Lorna Dawson YP Lecture Events

    
YP Lecture July 2017- Sherlock Holmes to CSI: how geologists help to solve crimes

The YPs would like to invite you to join us for the July monthly lecture. We are taking over for one month only to find out how we can use geology to fight crime!

Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Forensic Soil Science at the James Hutton Institute will be taking us on a geological murder mystery to show us how trace materials in soil can provide valuable evidence in crime investigations and scenario reconstructions.

All members are welcome from 6pm on 11th July at the Geological Society (Burlington House) or at the Jurys Inn in Aberdeen, 15th of August
    
    

 

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Soil Forensics Workshop on Forensic Examination and Interpretation of Soil Evidence

    
    
Held in conjunction with the Trace Evidence Working Group (TEWG) at the 9th Asian Forensic Sciences Network (AFSN) annual meeting and symposium in Singapore from 5 to 9th September 2017.
    
For more information and registration visit https://www.afsn2017.sg/.

 


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Announcing the new collaboration between
IUGS-IFG and IAPG

    
    
We are pleased to announce a collaboration between the Initiative on Forensic Geology (IFG) and the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)
    
Download a flyer of the poster by Dr Laurance Donnelly, Prof Lorna Dawson, Dr Alastair Ruffell, Dr Jennifer McKinley, Dr Rosa Maria Di Maggio, Dr Duncan Pirrie, Commander Mark Harrison, and Prof Sue Grayston Forensic Geology and Geoethics presented at the EGU - General Assembly 2017 Session EOS14 - Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, research and practice

 


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British Association for Human Identification (BAHID) 2017 SPRING CONFERENCE

    Migration and Identification
    19th – 21st May 2017
    Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester, UK
    
    Registration now open http://www.bahid.org/conference.

 


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6th European Meeting on
Forensic Archaeology (EMFA 2017)

    
    
    
    Dear Colleagues,
     On behalf of the American University of Rome and the ENFSI Group Forensic Archaeology we are delighted to invite you to the 6th European Meeting on Forensic Archaeology (EMFA 2017) taking place from August 18-19, 2017 in Rome (Italy), organized by the American University of Rome in the beautiful venue of NH Collection VittorioVeneto (Corso d'Italia, 1 - 00198, Rome , Italy) in Villa Borghese, one of the most famous and beautiful landscape gardens of Rome.
    
     This scientific meeting will bring together practitioners, researchers and educators from around Europe and beyond who are engaged in the field of Forensic Archaeology. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the current state, and further development requirements, of forensic archaeology; to present forensic case studies and R&D work (e.g. archaeology, anthropology, GIS, geophysics, human taphonomy, soil, art/antiquities crimes, etc.); to meet foreign colleagues; and to inform you about the advancement of the ENFSI forum for Forensic Archaeology.
     For more information, please visit www.emfa2017.eu
    
      Thanks,
      best regard
    
      Pier Matteo Barone
    

News for 2016

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Symposium: Forensic soil science and geology: 5th International Conference on Criminal & Environmental Soil Forensics

    Soil Forensic International (SFI-2016)
    35th International Geological Congress,
    Cape Town, South Africa 27 August – 4 September 2016
    
    The programme for the soil forensic symposium on 29th August 2016 is now available.

 


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2016 IFG Newsletter

The 2016 IFG Newsletter is now available! (pdf file)

 



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Find Your Oasis in Forensic Science
CAC & ASTEE Joint Meeting

31 October 31 to 4 November 2016
    
Hosted by the California Department of Justice BFS Riverside Laboratory
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage (near Palm Springs), California, USA
    
Featuring Workshops on:
• Fiber Dyes and Dyeing • Soil Recognition and Collection Field Exercise • DNA • Biology Workshop sponsored by Seratec • Controlled Substances • Firearms

To register or for more information please visit the California Association of Criminalists website.

Abstracts can be submitted via the Abstract Submission Form for General Session, Workshops, or Posters . All topics/disciplines welcome. General Session/Workshop presentations must be PowerPoint format.
     9/09/16 Deadline: General Session/Workshops
     9/09/16 Deadline: Posters
    
Download an event flyer here.

 


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Announcing an IFG Sponsored Forensic Geology Seminar at the Geological Survey of Ireland

Thursday 2nd June 2016 at 5pm
    
    
Institute of Geologists of Ireland / Geological Survey of Ireland

Evening Seminar Forensic Geology:
The Applications of Geology to Crime, Police and Law Enforcement

Geological Survey of Ireland
Haddington Road, Beggar’s Bush, Dublin, Ireland, D04 K7X4
Click on this link to register for the event.

     For more information please download the Full Event Flyer
    
    

 


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Announcing an IFG Sponsored Forensic Geology Seminar at the University of Catania

Friday, March 18, 2016
    
    
Department of Biological Sciences, Geological and Environmental Section of Earth Sciences
University of Catania, Corso, Italy 57

The seminar, open to students, professionals and researchers, aims to illustrate the principles of Forensic Geology, a discipline in constant development and growth, and its applications in the legal field. The main subjects covered are environmental crimes and crimes against the person. Attendance is limited to 100.

     Full Announcement in Italian
    
    

 


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Competition Announcement Master Forensic Geology University of Messina, Italy

University of Messina
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Dental and Morphological and Functional Images


First Level Postgraduate Master Class in Forensic Geology

Academic Year 2015/2016 Competition Announcement

In 2014, the University of Messina established and launched a Course for the 1st Level Master degree in Forensic Geology (first edition). The University of Messina is the only University of the European Union to have established a first level master degree with a specialized program dedicated to geosciences applied in court cases.
 
The University of Messina is now accepting application for the second edition of its 1st Level Master degree in Forensic Geology. It is a course of scientific specialization and high permanent and recurrent training, postgraduate, which allows to refine knowledge and skills on a more specific scope, so that students can enter the world of work with a more complete training.

The Master is a specialization, higher educational, cyclical, and long-term course with a final First Level Postgraduate Master degree, after a final exam (Ministry Decree 22/10/2004 n° 270 “Modifiche al regolamento recante norme concernenti l’autonomia didattica degli Atenei” approved by the Decree of the Ministry of University and Scientific and Technological Research 3/11/1999 n° 509). The Master is realized due to the art. 20 of the University Didactic Rules.

The program flyer in English can be downloaded here, as well as a two part the English application form Annex A and Annex B here. The full program description in English can be downloaded here as a pdf file. While the Italian program description can be downloaded here.

More information - in Italian - can be found at http://web.unime.it/unigeolab/_pagine/-15696.html

The program's Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/mastergeologiaforense

The deadline is 2 March 2016 before 12am

 


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Symposium: Forensic soil science and geology: 5th International Conference on Criminal & Environmental Soil Forensics

    Soil Forensic International (SFI-2016)
    35th International Geological Congress,
    Cape Town, South Africa 27 August – 4 September 2016
    Informational Flyer

To submit abstracts: please read information on the website (http://www.35igc.org/Verso/211/Submit-an-Abstract) and follow the instructions. Abstracts can be submitted for Papers and Posters. The closing date for submissions has been extended to 29th February 2016. Acceptances of papers will be sent out by 31st March 2016. Only electronic submissions will be accepted via the IGC Abstract Submission Portal links.

 


News for 2015


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2015 IFG Newsletter

Download our 2015 IFG Newsletter! (pdf file)

 


Members at Messina Workshop

 

The IFG Workshop and Field Training is in full swing

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    Attending members of the IFG Workshop and Field Training in Geology
    at the University of Messina on the first day.

 


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Announcing the IFG Workshop and Field Training in Geology at the University of Messina

The first "Workshop and Field Training on Forensic Geology of IUGS-IFG" will be held Wednesday 10 and Thursday June 11 starting at 9:30 at the SIR "Faculty of Science and Technology" of the University of Messina.


     Full Announcement in Italian
     Announcement in (rough) English translation
    

 


Ruth Morgan in the Hyderabad

 

Ruth Morgan in Hyderabad

Ruth Morgan from UCL delivered training in April 2015 as part of the Indian Police Service Mid Career Training Program at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad.

The programme was for senior officers. The forensic science training covered the advances in forensic science research including the area of forensic geology and the role that soils and sediments can play in establishing provenance, journey histories
     and in crime reconstruction.
 
    The session incorporated a round table discussion concerning the role of forensic evidence in
    the Indian policing context at the strategic level.

 


Carlos Martín Molina in the field

 

Colombia's Only Forensic Geologist's Search for His Country's Disappeared People

Read about the amazing work of Carlos Martín Molina on Vice.com.
 
Carlos Martín Molina, a 48-year-old resident of Bogotá who is the only forensic geologist in the country. ... [He] could use these same methods to find gold or oil deposits and make good money doing it. [Instead] He has dedicated his life to looking for those whom violence has silenced.
 
    Read the whole article at http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-grave-hunter-0000622-v22n4

 


Lorna Dawson in the field

 

Lorna Dawson starred in a Nature News Feature!

Forensic science: The soil sleuth
Nature 21 April 2015
Forensic geologist Lorna Dawson has pioneered methods to help convict criminals using the dirt from their shoes. Read the whole article at http://www.nature.com/news/forensic-science-the-soil-sleuth-1.17373

 


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2nd Circular for the 35th International Geological Congress, Cape Town, South Africa (27 August to 4 September 2016)

The 2nd Circular can be downloaded here or visit the website at http://www.35igc.org/

 


Alastair Ruffell

 

Alastair Ruffell will be a Keynote Speaker at the Third International Conference on Engineering Geophysics, United Arab Emirates University

International Conference on Engineering Geophysics, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain United Arab Emirates to be held 15-18 November 2015. For more information visit http://conferences.uaeu.ac.ae/iceg/en/

 


Elisa Bergslien in the field

 

Elisa Bergslien was interviewed for a Radiolab episode broadcast on National Public Radio
Listen to the broadcast Episode: Fu-Go
Reporters Peter Lang-Stanton and Nick Farago tell us the story of a seemingly ridiculous, almost whimsical series of attacks on the US between November of 1944 and May of 1945. With the help of writer Ross Coen, geologist Elisa Bergslien, and professor Mike Sweeney, we uncover a national secret that led to tragedy in a sleepy logging town in south central Oregon.

 



News for 2014


IFG London Business Meeting

 

2014 IFG London Business Meeting

IFG members posed in front of the Geological Society of London's display copy of William Smith's 1815 geological map of England, Wales and Scotland (the one described in Simon Winchester's book The Map that Changed the World).
The map further up the staircase is the one created by the Society's first President, George Greenough. Both are located at the foot of the east staircase of the Society's Burlington House location.

 


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Competition Announcement Master Forensic Geology University of Messina, Italy
University of Messina
Department of Environment, Security, Territory, Food and Health Sciences (S.A.S.T.A.S.) "Carmelo Abbate"

First Level Postgraduate Master Class in Forensic Geology

Academic Year 2014/2015 Competition Announcement

The University of Messina has established a Masters Degree (Rectoral Decree) program starting in the 2014-2015 school year. The course is being sponsored by the Italian National Council of Geologists (CNG), The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Initiative on Forensic Geology (IFG), and the Municipality of Ali Superiore (Messina) and the program is sponsored by Ambrogeo, Alfatest, and Malyern. Based on above-mentioned (and possible further) sponsors, some scholarships will be provided. The scholarships will be based both on financial incomes (ISEE) and merits.

The Master is a specialization, higher educational, cyclical, and long-term course with a final First Level Postgraduate Master degree, after a final exam (Ministry Decree 22/10/2004 n° 270 “Modifiche al regolamento recante norme concernenti l’autonomia didattica degli Atenei” approved by the Decree of the Ministry of University and Scientific and Technological Research 3/11/1999 n° 509). The Master is realized due to the art. 20 of the University Didactic Rules.

More information along with the application forms - both in Italian and English - can be found at http://www.unime.it/dipartimenti/sastas/_bandi_e_concorsi_studenti/

The deadline was 6th October 2014 by 12pm

 



Robert Fitzpatrick in the field

 

Robert Fitzpatrick is featured in the Adelaidean!
Read the article Making soil talk: New forensics discipline helps solve major crime

 


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International School Science Fair (ISSF) 2013 Data
Pirrie, D., Donnelly, L.J., Rollinson, G.K., Butcher, A.R., Dawson, L.A. & Pirrie, H.A. (2013) Forensic geology at the International School Science Fair. Geology Today Vol. 29, No. 6, November–December 2013. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, The Geologists’ Association & The Geological Society of London. Data from this project is now available here

 


News for 2013


IFG Chair Laurance Donnelly receives award
Dr Laurance Donnelly recognized by GSL
Dr Laurance Donnelly received an award of Recognition from Forensic Geoscience Group of the Geological Society of London.
The award was presented by Alastair Ruffell, Chair of the Forensic Geoscience Group at the Moscow meeting of the IUGS IFG held on 21/10/13.
Rob Fitzpatrick gave a short speech in recognition of Laurance's pivotal role in international forensic geoscience.

 

Member Books

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Pirrie, D., Ruffell, A., Dawson, L. (2013) SP384: Environmental Criminal Geoforensics. Geological Society of London (Amazon) Publication Flyer

Published December 15, 2013

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Di Maggio, R. M., Matteo Barone, P., Pettinelli, E., Mattei, M., Lauro, S., Banchelli, A. (2013) Geologia Forense. Introduzione alle geoscienze applicate alle indagini giudiziarie. Dario Flaccovio Editore. Italia. (Amazon)

Published November 13, 2013

Cover of An Introduction to Forensic Geoscience

 


Bergslien, Elisa T. (2012) An Introduction to Forensic Geoscience (Amazon)

Published May 1, 2012

Cover of 2nd edition of Evidence from the Earth by Raymond Murray

 


Murray, Raymond C. (2011) Evidence from the Earth: Forensic Geology and Criminal Investigation (Amazon)

2nd Edition, published September, 2011

Cover of Geoforensics

 


Ruffell, Alastair and McKinley, Jennifer (2008) Geoforensics (Amazon)

Published October 21, 2008