18th October 2016, 10:30am-4:30pm, at the Royal Institution


Brave the vast and incredibly compelling new frontiers of forensic, crime and security science in a way students have never experienced it before: through whirlwind tours of new disciplines and live demonstrations presented by the world’s most pioneering specialists and scientists all within the amazing Faraday Theatre at The Royal Institution, London.

This remarkable event, designed with the requirements of the KS4/5 Science, Psychology and other STEM students in mind, provides incredible insight into the cutting-edge tools and processes used in one of the world's most pioneering crime institutes.


Your Speakers:

One of many highlights will be hearing from Deneen Hernandez, Cryptanalyst & Senior Forensic Examiner for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Further speakers are world class academics at the cutting edge research facility, the Jill Dando Institute at University College London — it is the first security and crime science focused academic research facility of its kind in the world. 

Students will also discover the inherent physics that underlie an explosive event including demonstrations; encounter human anatomy and biology by learning what secrets skeletal remains conceal and what tissue fragments can tell us about a person's very last moments; uncover the chemistry behind DNA analysis; and more. 

Other topics discussed cover counterterrorism, extremism and deradicalisation, criminology and detailed aspects of forensic science.

Join Professor Richard Wortley, Director of the pioneering Jill Dando Institute – among other prolific researchers in the field – as he kicks off the day with some insights into his own fascinating work in psychological criminology.

Students are provided the incredible opportunity to liaise directly with these speakers who are at the very top of their profession. The content has been designed to ensure that these experts provide a comprehensive, real world insight into a range of subjects crossing the sciences, mathematics and psychology.

Scroll down for full list of speakers.

Your Talk Topics:

By Nature: The influence of the environment on criminal behaviour

Mind Over Matter: Group dynamics, developmental pathways and behavioural characteristics of terrorism

The Smoking Gun: The science of gunshot residue and transfer patterns

The Right Touch: Explorations and evaluations of transfer DNA evidence

A Grim Puzzle: The distribution of tissue fragments after an explosive event

Decoded: The dazzling mathematics of FBI cryptanalysis

What Lies Beneath: How to excavate a WWI mass grave site


Who is the Conference designed for?

The speakers will deliver educational content linked to KS4/KS5,  Science (including ICT and computer science),  Psychology and Mathematics students.


The Price and Reserving your Tickets

Ticket price for the full day is £35pp, One teacher ticket is free for every ten students.  Any transportation, accommodation or evening meals can easily be added to your trip.

Each student will also receive a full compendium prior to the conference that contains a schedule of events; speaker profiles; and a full recommended reading list.

Call Julie Smart our Conference Tour Consultant on 01253 441912 or complete the request from on the right of this page, reserve your groups' tickets and discuss any travel arrangements required.


Transport & Accommodation

Our close relationships with fully audit checked coach suppliers throughout the UK allow us to access quality service at competitive prices whether you want to just visit for the day or longer.

If your group are coming from a little further away, we have a wide range of accommodation partners across London highly experienced in working with our school group customers.


                                        FULL SPEAKER PROFILES


Deneen Hernandez, FBI- Supervisory Forensic Examiner

Ms Hernandez is currently a Supervisory Forensic Examiner for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory Division in the Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit at Quantico, Virginia. Prior to joining the FBI, Ms Hernandez was employed as a Forensic Examiner/Investigator by the National Indian Gaming Commission in Washington, DC. Since 1988, Ms. Hernandez has also been an Adjunct Professor in undergraduate Criminal Justice and graduate Public Policy studies at a number of academic institutions in the US.


Professor Richard Wortley, Director of The UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

Richard Wortley has a PhD in psychology, and worked as a prison psychologist for ten years before moving to academia. He was head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University (Australia) for 9 years, and is a past national Chair of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Forensic Psychologists. His research interests centre on environmental criminology and situational crime prevention. In recent years his research has been particularly concerned with the role that immediate environments play in facilitating child sexual abuse.

James Walker

James Walker is a senior forensic scientist with 19 years of experience in forensic science and 30 years experience in DNA analysis. He is a biochemist and molecular biologist with over 14 years of experience in academic research. James was the DNA project lead for the identification of over 150 Australian soldiers recovered from a mass grave at the World War I battle site, Fromelles, Northern France. He has testified as a forensic expert in the UK, Eire, Netherlands, Israel, Spain, Jamaica, Trinidad and Malta. He has been interviewed on ITV News, BBC Today and ABC News Australia.

Dr James French, Research Fellow at The UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

Dr James French joined UCL JDI Centre for the Forensic Sciences in November 2013 as a Research Fellow in Crime and Forensic Science. James’ principal research interests include trace physical evidence, evidence dynamics and the interpretation of forensic evidence, particularly the use of Bayesian Networks. James’s work is particularly focused on gunshot residue (GSR) and his PhD research concerned secondary and tertiary transfer transfers of GSR and the implications of these dynamics for the investigation of firearms offences. This research project also explored the interpretation of GSR evidence using Bayesian Networks.

Dr Paul Gill, Senior Lecturer at The UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

Prior to joining UCL as a senior lecturer in Security and Crime Science, Paul Gill was a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University. He has conducted research funded by the Office for Naval Research, the Department of Homeland Security, DSTL, the European Union, and the National Institute of Justice. These projects focused upon various aspects of terrorist behavour including the IED development, creativity, terrorist network structures, and loneactor terrorism. His prize winning doctoral research focused on the underlying individual and organizational motivations behind suicide bombing.

Dr Amy Thornton, Research Associate at The UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

Dr. Amy Thornton is currently working large project funded by the College of Policing and the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction. Amy previously worked on a large European FP7 project, PRIME, which aimed to predict, interdict, and mitigate lone actor extremism and terrorism. Her current role involves evaluating crime reduction initiatives, such as CCTV cameras and interpreting and presenting these results to organisations such as the police to ensure evidence based policing in the UK.

Erin DuBois, PhD Candidate at The UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

Erin DuBois is currently conducting research into the search, recovery and identification techniques associated with victim recovery following a terrorist attack, specifically those involving explosives. Erin’s work focuses on the spatial distribution of tissue fragments following these explosive events. For several years, Erin has served as an on call team member for Kenyon International Emergency Services where she has has had to respond to international disaster instances as a specialist forensic anthropologist to aid in the search, recovery and identification of human remains.

Dr Georgina Meakin, Research Fellow at The UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

Dr Georgina Meakin holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics and an MSc in Forensic and Analytical Science, with the latter including a placement conducting forensic DNA research at the then Forensic Science Service Ltd.  She has practiced as a Forensic Scientist at The Forensic Institute in Glasgow, working on cases that mostly involved the interpretation and evaluation of DNA evidence.  Georgina’s research interests include investigating the transfer and persistence of DNA and other trace evidence, with particular focus on generating empirical data that can used in the evaluation of trace evidence in casework.  Georgina lectures on UCL’s Crime and Forensic Science MSc programme and occasionally consults in casework.


WST and our Exclusive Partnership with Forensic Outreach

  • WST are proud to be the only school tour operator with a Government Standard Customer Service Excellence award and winners of 'Best Customer Service' at the British Youth Travel Awards 2015!
  • Forensic Outreach
    specialise in the delivery of public engagement focusing on crime and security science.  They
     unite the approach of a creative agency with the scientific rigour of a research laboratory and have access to 
    experts from organsations such as: The US Department of Defense; the FBI; and the UCL Jill Dando Institute.