Ruth Morgan is Professor of Crime and Forensic Science at UCL and Director of the UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences. She is also Vice Dean (Interdisciplinarity Entrepreneurship) in the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
Her research group addresses critical questions for the accurate interpretation of forensic science evidence. Ruth is a World Economic Forum Young Scientist (Class of 2019). She is a speaker and commentator on forensic science and a passionate advocate for problem based research that has an impact in the real world.
EVIDENCE IS NOT ENOUGH
Forensic science isn’t always irrefutable. At the heart of our research is the question ‘what does the evidence mean?’. Forensic science has developed staggering abilities to accurately detect a trace, classify what it is and establish who it has come from. But at the moment we don’t always have the data that we need to always understand what it means. It's a big complex challenge, but if we can create an innovative and creative environment for pioneering research, we can contribute to changing the world!
"What if I told you that forensic science isn't always the open and shut case we often think it is?"
The dangers of misinterpreted forensic science evidence. Forensic science is a technological success story, we can now identify smaller amounts of trace material more accurately and more quickly than ever before. But to understand what the evidence means we need to understand the 'when' and the 'how' as well as the 'what' and the 'who'...
"we need to create a space where there is curiosity, exploration, and a real thirst for understanding these important questions"
"If we can transform how we are thinking about and doing forensic science, we have an opportunity to dramatically reduce the chance of forensic science evidence being misinterpreted"
To address the challenge of misinterpreted forensic science evidence, we need to apply good science and good behavioural science because this is an issue that involves both physical evidence and human decision makers.
"Appreciate the past,
utilise the present,
and don't be afraid to create the future"