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Student Conference: A tale of the Unexpected

07 Dec 2013 - 07 Dec 2013 - Teesside University, Middlesborough, UK

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This year's student conference will take place at Teesside University, which is one of the Society’s accredited universities.

The conference is primarily aimed at students, but forensic practitioners and researches will also benefit from attending.

The conference will explore recent and historic case studies & look at what current research is taking place in the area of forensic investigation.

Learning outcomes:
Delegates will be able to contextualise a number of forensic disciplines in the investigation and detection of crime and discuss how this can be enhanced by new and emerging technologies in the market.

Further information
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