News

September 2017

Fifth visit to the Forensic Science Centre in Zagreb on Disaster Victim Identification project holding conference on DVI process

Two weeks at ThermoFisher in Glasgow providing training on DNA interpretation and statistics in DVI for Riyadh scientists

July 2017

Met with NRGD in Utrecht to discuss potential for registration of DNA experts for activity level opinions

June 2017

Fourth visit to the Forensic Science Centre in Zagreb on Disaster Victim Identification project looking at DNA – helped produce DVI Training Manual and enjoyed lovely weather and impressive thunderstorms

May 2017

Provided week’s training on DNA Biostatistics to Croatian DNA Experts as background to DVI project – DNA interpretation & calculations for single source & mixed results, Relationship testing

Third visit to the Forensic Science Centre in Zagreb on Disaster Victim Identification project looking at DNA – training needs analysis this time

April 2017

Second visit to the Forensic Science Centre in Zagreb on Disaster Victim Identification project looking at DNA – regular trips for rest of this year. So much warmer on this trip!

March 2017

Delivered DNA presentations to Kingston BSc students & completed 10 week CAI module for UCL MSc students – good luck to all for the future

Interview for Norwegian TV documentary on DNA in review of murder conviction

February 2017

Week in Croatia at the Forensic Science Centre in Zagreb on Disaster Victim Identification project looking at DNA

January 2017

Busy week at Liverpool and Peterborough Crown Courts. Now looking forward to visiting Forensic Laboratory in Zagreb

November 2016

Scientist in residence for Chemistry for All at Reading University with Julie Allard – lots of interesting and fun questions from Year 9 & 10 students

Gave evidence as court-appointed expert at an appeal in Alta Norway – furthest North I’ve ever been. Interesting experience, it would be great to go back there & see the Northern Lights

CAI workshop for MSc students at Wolverhampton University – lots of thought-provoking questions

Gave presentation to third session on Probability And Statistics In Forensic Science, at the Newton Institute in Cambridg,e on ‘Modelling the best evidence’. Great help to have the chance to discuss DNA with distinguished statisticians and lawyers from UK & abroad

Trip to Polizia Penitentiale in Rome to discuss validation of Y23 kits – lovely afternoon in Arriccia as well

 October 2016

Co-author on response to Presidential Commission on Science and Technology (PCAST) report on Forensic science in criminal courts: Ensuring scientific validity of feature-comparison methods published in Forensic Science International

Interesting finale to the Expert Witness Courser at Leicester University for the Intrepid PhD students – all came through the final witness box exercise with flying colours – thanks to all who participated

Interviewed by Anne Diamond on BBC Berkshire about DNA & cold cases – impressed with how much she knows a lot about historic cases

September 2016

Completed first year as External Examiner for University of West Indies for the MSc Forensic Biology programme.

Over the next few months I am attending the special semester at the Newton Institute in Cambridge, from July 18 to December 21, 2016, on Probability And Statistics In Forensic Science. The first workshop was an international conference on: The nature of questions arising in court that can be addressed via probability and statistical methods. Fascinating meeting and very useful.

June 2016

Glad to assist in the interesting issue of the claim for the Baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill, just heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council – an unusual use of Y STR profiling:

‘This is just a short note to let you know that I was successful in my claim for the family title and that I am very grateful for your excellent report which provided the crucial evidence in my claim’ Murray Pringle

Started Expert Witness Training for PhD students on Intrepid Forensic Doctoral Programme at Leicester University – considering practical uses of their PhD research

Registered as a DNA expert with NRDG

March 2016

Royal Statistical Society meeting on Forensic Databases followed by meal to celebrate award of CBE to Ian Evett – good to see old friends and to congratulate Ian on his honour

Completed series of lectures on DNA at Kingston University for undergraduate forensic biologists

February 2016

Completed series of lectures on CAI module for MSc forensic biologists in Department of Security and Crime Science at UCL

January 2016

 Wonderful time on trip to New Zealand as the ESR Visiting International Fellow for 2015-16 – CAI training at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Met lots of new people and saw lots of old colleagues from FSS

Training in Auckland:

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Training in Wellington:

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Also gave talk to ANZFSS meeting, videoed to all three sites, on the UK Forensic Market

October 2015

 Very interesting and informative day in Utrecht with NRGD for a course on Netherlands Criminal Law

September 2015

 ISFG 2015 meeting in Krakow was a great way to keep up with developments in DNA analysis and interpretation – especially NGS systems – and to catch up with old friends

April 2015

 Enjoyed providing DNA mixture workshop and attending very useful Qiagen Investigator Forum in Dusseldorf on 13 – 16 April; met some friendly and entertaining people there

March 2015

CAI module at UCL completed – enjoyed interacting with students on workshops for this 10 week module

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Great time in Warsaw for the Forensic Watch conference on the imminent changes to the Polish legal system, discussing the impact on expert witnesses (http://www.forensicwatch.pl)

February 2015

Delivering lectures to forensic biology students at Kingston University

January 2015

 Starting delivery of CAI module at UCL for MSc Forensic Science course

August 2014

 ICFIS 14 meeting in Leiden from 19-22 August – many interesting discussions on new DNA evaluation methods and software

June 2014

Big changes to DNA analysis tests coming soon – DNA Principal Forensics taking part in providing video training for lawyers now

May 2014

Attended training on STRmix given by ESR in London

April 2014

Went to Forensic Expo at Olympia – attended launch of Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences & met many colleagues from FSS days

Presented workshop on DNA Mixture Interpretation at Qiagen Investigator Forum on 1st April. Stayed on to attend the 2 day Forum and myself keep up-to-date with advances in Next Generation Sequencing and had great fun at the evening meal after closing time at the Neanderthal Museum

March 2014

Back to Liverpool Crown Court, this time for a murder case.

February 2014

Presented series of lectures at Kingston University to final year BSc Forensic science students on all aspects of forensic DNA from sampling and analysis through to statistical evaluation – lots of great questions from students.

Very pleasant evening on 24th talking to magistrates about current and coming forensic DNA at the Reading Criminal Justice association – lots of questions and discussion. Interesting to get feedback from end users on what they need to know.

Gave seminar to research students at UCL on 27th as part of series being provided by PFS; mine covered Data requirements for Case Assessment and Interpretation. Hope this supplied some useful ideas for final year projects.

January 2014

Assisted PFS colleague Dave Baldwin in his workshop for CCL Forensics in Stratford-upon-Avon on 6th January : Interpretation and Evaluation Principles for Cell Site Analysis – The Role of an Expert. I was talking about probability and statistics, Bayes Theorem and application of CAI.

Enjoyable trip to Utrecht for more NRGD assessments on 31st January – very pleasant place to visit.

December 2013

 Workshop at Wolverhampton University to MSc Marks Comparison course – looked at general principles of CAI as applied in the interpretation of marks comparisons.

Trip to Liverpool Crown Court to discuss DNA on firearms.

November 2013

FSSoc conference on Forensic Horizons 2013 in Manchester on 6-8 November – presented on Improving the management and relevance of DNA casework in a fragmented system . Also great to meet old friends and make new contacts there

October 2013

Enjoyed presenting to Marion Smullen Chambers (1 Inner Temple) on Current Issues in DNA Analysis and discussing recent legal rulings on 3rd October

Interesting week In Chengdu, attending and presenting at the meeting on International Development of China in DNA Technology, together with Life Tech on 16-17 October – and also getting to see the Giant Pandas at the Research Centre there

June 2013

New Chair of the Forensic Science Regulator’s Specialist DNA Interpretation Group

March 2013

Took part in workshop for SPSA in Dundee – discussing issues of DNA interpretation for complex and LTDNA mixtures with practitioners

January 2013

Gave evidence in a case in Grand Cayman

November 2012

Lecture to MSc Forensic Science students at Kings College London – lots of interesting questions.

Co-author, with Ian Evett and Gill Tully, of article published in the Law Society Gazette

September 2012

Sue took part in the successful workshop presented by Principal Forensic Services called The Integrity of Scientific Evidence: Understanding and Minimising the Risk of Contamination in the Forensic Process on 21st September at the Royal York Hotel. A good meeting with a wide range of practitioners from the whole forensic process.

August 2012

‘Sue attended EAFS2012 in The Hague where she co-authored a presentation on ‘Evaluating DNA profiles using peak heights, allowing for multiple donors, allelic dropout and stutters’ with Roberto Puch-Solis (LGC Forensics UK), Lauren Rodgers, Anjali Mazumder, Ian Evett (FSS UK), James Curran (University of Auckland) & David Balding (University College London)’

She was also interviewed by BBC Radio 4 of the programme ‘The Report’

July 2012

Sue has joined the DNA Analysis Specialist Group of the Forensic Science Regulator

June 2012

The Royal Statistical Society is publishing a series of practitioner guides on Communicating and Interpreting Statistical Evidence in the Administration of Criminal Justice. Sue is a co-author of guide number 2, ‘Assessing the probative value of DNA evidence‘, which can now be found on The RSS website.

May 2012

Sue was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 for a programme that aired on the 23th May,  as part of a report into the inquest of the MI6 spy case. You can listen to both audios below:

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Sue was interviewed by several radio stations, including ‘PM’ on BBC Radio 4 and ‘Good Morning Wales’ on BBC Wales, to provide background and explanations of the type of DNA evidence presented in the MI6 spy inquest, including the difficulties of obtaining DNA profiles from decomposed bodies and the problems and consequences of DNA contamination at scenes.

April 2012

Sue was pleased to become a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society

News 2011

Sue is a co-winner of the PW Allen award for 2010 for the paper Calculating likelihood ratios for a mixed DNA profile when a contribution from a genetic relative of a suspect is proposed, Roberto Puch-Solis, Sue Pope and Ian Evett, Science & Justice (2010) 40 (4) 205-9