New Horizons in Forensic Geoscience: The Bedrock of International Security

New Horizons in Forensic Geoscience: The Bedrock of International Security in Minerals, Mining, Metals, Murders and the Missing

This meeting will capture interest across the geological, forensic, law enforcement, environmental science, mining & mineral fraud.

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 13:00 – Tue, 5 Dec 2023 13:00 GMT

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The Geological Society of London’s Forensic Geoscience Group (GSL-FGG) and the International Union of Geological Sciences’ Initiative on Forensic Geology (IUGS-IFG) will hold a joint meeting in London. The event will provide a platform for researchers and professionals in forensic geology to present and discuss their recent findings and operational case studies. It will also cover topics such as regulation, law, minerals, mining, metal crimes, search operations, geological trace evidence, and policy. The event aims to attract international delegates and will offer livestreaming of select presentations. Equipment, software, and service providers will also be invited.


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Burlington House Piccadilly London W1J 0BD United Kingdom



  • Drinks reception and registration in lower library 13:00-14:00
  • Welcome by GSL-FGG Chair, Prof Lorna Dawson 14:00-14:10
  • Launch of ‘A Guide to Forensic Geology’ + Overview of the history and development of GSL-FGG and IUGS-IFG 14:10-14:30

    Dr Laurance Donnelly, Chair IUGS-IFG

  • Session 1 - Search Operations 14:30-15:30

    Session Chairs: Dr Alastair Ruffell and Dr Jamie Pringle

    14:30-14:50. Keynote Guest speaker, Murray Haynes, National Crime Agency, UK National Search Adviser.

    14:50-15:30. Submitted presentations on ground searches for burials.

  • Coffee break and poster session 15:30-16:00

    Dr Laurance Donnelly, Chair IUGS-IFG

  • Session 2. Minerals, Mining and Metals Crimes 16:00-17:00

    Session Chairs: Prof Duncan Pirrie and Dr Laurance Donnelly

    16:00-16:20 Keynote Guest speaker, Fabio Salvador, Brazilian Federal Police and The Clean Gold Programme.

    16:20 17:00. Submitted presentations on minerals, mining, and metals crimes

  • Break 17:00-17:30
  • Poster presentation and drinks reception in the lower library 17:30-18:30

    Three minutes at every poster for a short presentation. Voting box for community assessment of poster prize

  • Introduction of guest speaker 18:45-19:00

    Session Chair: GSL-FGG Chair, Prof Lorna Dawson

  • Ground Search and Geological Trace Evidence in the US system 19:00-20:00

    Jodi Webb, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Including 15 minutes of panel Q and A

  • Close of day’s events at Burlington House Close 20:00

    GSL-FGG Chair Prof Lorna Dawson

  • Welcome by IUGS-IFG Chair, Dr Laurance Donnelly 09:00-09:10
  • Session 3. A Human Taphonomic Facility for the UK? 09:10-10:10

    Chair: Prof John Cassella.

    09:10- 09:25. Invited speaker: Prof Roelof-Jan Oostra, Amsterdam, UMC.

    09:25-10:10. Panel discussion on human taphonomy and geological information assisting in its use as intelligence and evidence.

  • Coffee break 10:10-10:30

    Me. Marcelo Teixeira Santana (MPRJ), Dr. Tiago Gonçalves Veras Gomes (MPRJ), Dr. Édis Milaré (MPSP, aposentado)

  • Session 4. Geological Trace Evidence 10:30-11:30

    Chair: Prof Ruth Morgan.

    11:00-11:15. Invited speaker: Mr Gary Pugh, UK Forensic Science Regulator.

    11:15-11:30. Panel discussion on the evaluation of geological trace evidence, including comparisons across different legal systems with a focus on adversarial legal systems.

  • Submitted presentations on the topics of geological trace evidence and taphonomy. 11:30-12:00

    Me. Marcelo Teixeira Santana (MPRJ), Dr. Tiago Gonçalves Veras Gomes (MPRJ), Dr. Édis Milaré (MPSP, aposentado)

  • Close of meeting by IUGS-IFG Chair and the IUGS-IFG Raymond Murray Award. 12:00-12:15

    Dr Laurance Donnelly

  • Closing Ceremony 12:15-12:30

    Hand over from Prof Lorna Dawson (outgoing chair) to new incoming GSL-FGG Chair and Committee, and presentation of poster prizes and GSL-FGG Award.

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