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Forensic Science/Natural Sciences: Advancing Forensic Capabilities Via Natural Sciences: Fingerprints, Fluids, Fish Oil And … A Gerbil?! With Dr Paul Kelly, Society For Natural Sciences

17th May 2021 @ 13:30 - 14:15



Ever wondered how to image a fingerprint that is no longer there? How to make yourself see better in the dark, or how to show what that worrying looking stain on the wall might be? Oh, and how to clamp down on any gerbils who may be planning a life of crime?!

Never fear, here we have the answers. In this talk Dr Paul Kelly will show how Natural Sciences have contributed to such cross-disciplinary research and helped shape entirely new approaches to aspects of forensic science. This includes inventing and commercialising a system capable of retrieving fingerprints from fired ammunition casings and bomb fragments.  Using these examples, we will think what the study of Natural Sciences means for student employability and careers in general.

Dr Kelly is a Reader in Inorganic Chemistry who lectures on a number of modules taken by Natural Sciences students at Loughborough University. In this event, he is representing the Society for Natural Sciences, a national learned society that promotes interdisciplinary science education and research.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Paul Kelly


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.



Suitable for: Year 12 and 13 students (and equivalent). This session is designed for students from all backgrounds and interested in how science can tackle humanity’s most urgent challenges.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: No preparation or pre-reading is required although you may wish to consider the proposed subject area and related questions you might like to ask.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



17th May 2021
13:30 - 14:15
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