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We need more idealism in science and science policy to find solutions to challenges. If we restrict ourselves to what is tangible, known and established today, there is a risk that possible solutions to ‘wicked’ challenges that contribute to enriched and thriving individuals, societies, and their natural ecosystems could be missed. But if we ask, ‘what if?’, we introduce a capacity for idealism that opens up opportunities for creative critical thinking and imagination.

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Scientists have been front and centre in the battle against coronavirus. It's a policy making position they should continue to occupy beyond the pandemic, writes Prof Ruth Morgan. But how?

The pandemic has taught us the importance of scientific collaboration. When the first reports of severe respiratory disease broke late in 2019, the international research community came together and within weeks we knew some basic biology. Rapid sharing of epidemiological data revealed the transmissibility of the virus was higher than influenza but less than measles. A genome sequenced in record time and made publicly available revealed the culprit to be a coronavirus. This allowed vaccine development to proceed at an astounding pace. 
As we emerge from the pandemic, we will need scientific collaboration more than ever, to tackle global challenges, from climate change to health. Yet there are a number of hurdles to overcome.

The Royal Society Science and Policy

'Spending that year with the Select Committee as the Specialist Adviser for the inquiry has impacted my thinking about our role as scientists and the role of science in society...'

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Seven months after the first reported cases of COVID-19, the pandemic has disrupted every aspect of life, leaving many shuttered and disordered, having to find new ways to communicate, work and care for family and communities.
This level of global disruption poses very significant challenges, yet at the same time has the potential to create space to transform the status quo. This is an opportunity for the scientific enterprise, if we can leverage it, to ensure that we are in a position where we have the science needed to continue to innovate and meet the needs of the COVID-19 world of today and in the post-pandemic future.

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WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

WHY FORENSIC SCIENCE IS IN CRISIS AND HOW WE CAN FIX IT.

Forensic science needs to establish a holistic vision that ensures meaningful connectivity between the investigation and the courts. There needs to be strategic oversight to set priorities for current operational approaches, to establish sustainable markets for the provision of forensic science services, and set the agenda for research to underpin each part of the forensic science process (crime scene to court). This will need to be a collective corporate strategy that provides a voice for all the key stakeholders.

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Forensic science is a compelling piece of the puzzle in most crime dramas. And yet the field is in trouble. Earlier this month, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee published the findings of its inquiry into forensic science, setting out in no uncertain terms that the system is in crisis.

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We all want to live in a world where there is justice; where wrongs are righted, where the system is trustworthy and just works. But we have seen a growing body of reports that raise questions about that system.

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THE TIMES
FORENSIC SCIENCE NEEDS MORE FUNDING TO AVOID WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS

Forensic science has had a tumultuous time...These are serious issues, but there is also a broader problem. It is a problem that does not get headlines, but it is a systemic underlying problem that is arguably the biggest issuing facing forensic science.

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MEDIA

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MEDIA INTERVIEWS AND OPINION PIECES

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

BBC NEWS

House of Lords debate on the Forensic Science Inquiry 26th April 2021

An interview with BBC News about the urgent calls for reform from the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee

BBC WORLD NEWS

World Economic Forum Young Scientist 2019

An interview on BBC World News about being a World Economic Forum Young Scientist and the need for the research that we are doing at UCL in forensic science.

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WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Press Conference

A panel press conference at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Dalian, China 1st July 2019

OTHER INTERVIEWS

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Science & Technology

The missing link of science in policy – 1M scientists and 100M hours could be part of the answer

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AND ALSO

BBC News August 2019
BBC News August 2019
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Chemistry World 29th August 2019
Chemistry World 29th August 2019
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WEF Young Scientists panel 1st July 2019
WEF Young Scientists panel 1st July 2019
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World Economic Forum Agenda blog by Martha Chahar
World Economic Forum Agenda blog by Martha Chahar
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UCL Academic appointed as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee
UCL Academic appointed as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee
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Kinfolk Magazine Hair on trial
Kinfolk Magazine Hair on trial
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The Law Gazette April 2018
The Law Gazette April 2018
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Ogilvy and UCL scoop bronze Cannes Lion
Ogilvy and UCL scoop bronze Cannes Lion
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The Guardian: DNA in the dock October 2017
The Guardian: DNA in the dock October 2017
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The PW Allen Award 2016
The PW Allen Award 2016
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The Times 18th March 2017
The Times 18th March 2017
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ANZFSS Awards for CFS September 2016
ANZFSS Awards for CFS September 2016
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Tracing the future of forensic science
Tracing the future of forensic science
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Fresh thought on forensic science
Fresh thought on forensic science
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BBC News Perfume traces could help solve crimes.
BBC News Perfume traces could help solve crimes.
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This idea must die: forensic science isn't always irrefutable
This idea must die: forensic science isn't always irrefutable
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UCL News June 2019
UCL News June 2019
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"Adventure is worthwhile in itself."

Amelia Earhart