Sir Mark Walport publishes his annual review, Forensic Science and Beyond: Authenticity, Provenance and Assurance on December 17th. The review starts with forensics – the use of analytical science to assist the courts but then moves on to identify where forensic analysis has the power to deliver benefits to society that go far beyond the Criminal Justice System. This report explores the many ways in which we can use analytical scientific tools, combined with the approaches and skills of the forensic scientist, to reap the rewards of these benefits. The report also poses a series of questions to policy makers that point to the key areas where they need to decide whether and how to act.
Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, Government Office for Science
Professor Sue Black, Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, University of Dundee
Dr Derek Craston, Government Chemist, LGC