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East Midlands Forensics Network

East Midlands Forensic Network logoThe East Midlands Forensics Network (EMFN) is a collection of practitioners, academics, researchers and service providers from across the East Midlands region who work in partnership to champion meaningful, sector leading research and knowledge development across various areas of forensic science and practice. The EMFN draws together experience, knowledge and expertise to identify areas in need of development within forensic science practice and research, and proactively works to address this.

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Our vision

Through collective action, it is the aim of the EMFN to identify authentic areas in need of solutions whereby our members respond to such concerns in a timely manner. Actively combatting issues such as working in silos, resource constraints and more, the EMFN pools the expertise of individuals, agencies and organisations working across many areas of forensic science to ensure that meaningful research is conducted to the benefit of all involved.

Our aims

The Network aims to collaborate on a range of aspects, which will be of benefit to all organisations in a variety of different ways. The collaborative areas are listed below:

  1. Knowledge exchange and communication
  2. Research
  3. Academic curriculum development
  4. Training and CPD
  5. Student placements/experience

Our specialisms

Our members hold specialisms in over ten areas of forensic science:

  • Forensic genetics and DNA
  • Fingerprint/marks
  • Crime scene examination
  • Fire and explosion investigation
  • Questioned documents
  • Biological fluids and blood pattern analysis
  • Drugs and toxicology
  • Fibres, glass and other traces
  • Footwear marks
  • Firearms and ballistics
  • Other/additional

Interactive resources

EMFN member, Foster and Freeman, host a digital archive of over 100 webinars (most of which can be used for formal career development recognition) on topics related to several areas of forensic science, including arson, bodily fluids, knife crime, identification and more.

Lecturemotely contains information for Higher Education institutions and their staff on resources for teaching post Covid19. They host both #RemoteForensicCSI and #DryLabsRealScience who have information on forensic related materials. For further resources and recordings from these groups, visit their YouTube channels #RemoteForensicCSI and #DryLabsRealScience.

Created by Angela Davies and Dionne Watson, the Crime Scene Assistant app supports practitioners and students to use best practice methods when investigating crime scenes.

Forensic organisations and bodies

Browse information on various organisations and bodies that operate across a range of areas relating to forensic science:

Publications and conferences

Explore outputs produced by Network members working in partnership.

Forensic genetics and DNA

  • Rock, M., Zouganelis G.D., Belchior de Andrade, A.F., Drake, S.J., Alexiou, A., Albrakati, A., Batiha, G.E.-S., Illingworth, T.A. (2022) Development and validation of anti-human Alpha synuclein DNA aptamer using computer modelling techniques - an in-silico study, Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 21(1), 5 
  • Huszar, T.I., Bodmer, W.F., Hutnik, K., Wetton, J.H. and Jobling, M.A. (2022) Sequencing of autosomal, mitochondrial and Y-chromosomal forensic markers in the People of the British Isles cohort detects population structure dominated by patrilineages. Forensic Sci. Int. Genet., 59, 102725.
  • Muinde, J.M., Chandra Bhanu, D.R., Neumann, R., Oduor, R.O., Kanja, W., Kimani, J.K., Mutugi, M.W., Smith, L., Jobling, M.A. and Wetton, J.H. (2021) Geographical and linguistic structure in the people of Kenya demonstrated using 21 autosomal STRs. Forensic Sci. Int. Genet., 102535.
  • Al-Snan, N., Messaoudi, S.A., Khubrani, Y.M., Wetton, J.H., Jobling, M.A. and Bakhiet, M. (2020) Geographical structuring and low diversity of paternal lineages in Bahrain shown by analysis of 27 Y-STRs. Mol. Genet. Genomics, 295, 1315-1324.
  • Khubrani, Y.M., Jobling, M.A. and Wetton, J.H. (2020) Massively parallel sequencing of sex-chromosomal STRs in Saudi Arabia reveals patrilineage-associated sequence variants. Forensic Sci. Int. Genet., 49, 102402.
  • Khubrani, Y., Wetton, J.H. and Jobling, M.A. (2019) Analysis of 21 autosomal STRs in Saudi Arabia reveals population structure and the influence of consanguinity. Forensic Sci. Int. Genet., 39, 97-102.
  • Huszar, T.I, Wetton, J.H. and Jobling, M.A. (2019) Mitigating the effects of reference sequence bias in single-multiplex massively parallel sequencing of the mitochondrial DNA control region. Forensic Sci. Int. Genet., 40, 9-17.
  • Khubrani, Y., Hallast, P., Jobling, M.A. and Wetton, J.H. (2019) Massively parallel sequencing of autosomal STRs and identity-informative SNPs highlights consanguinity in Saudi Arabia. Forensic Sci. Int. Genet., 43, 102164.
  • Huszar, T.I., Jobling, M.A. and Wetton, J.H. (2018) A phylogenetic framework facilitates Y-STR variant discovery and classification via massively parallel sequencing. Forensic Sci. Int. Genet., 35, 97-106.
  • Smith, L., Wetton, J.H., Lall, G., Flowe, H.D. and Jobling, M.A. (2017) Forensic science and the right to access to justice: Testing the efficacy of self-examination intimate DNA swabs to enhance victim-centred responses to sexual violence in low-resource environments. Sci. Justice, 57, 331-335.
  • Khubrani, Y.M., Wetton, J.H. and Jobling, M.A. (2017) Extensive geographical and social structure in the paternal lineages of Saudi Arabia revealed by analysis of 27 Y-STRs. Forensic Sci. Int. Genet., 33, 98–105.
  • Ottolini, B., Matharu Lall, G., Sacchini, F., Jobling, M.A. and Wetton, J.H. (2016) Application of a mitochondrial DNA control region frequency database for UK domestic cats. Forensic Sci. Int. Genet., 27, 149-155.


Crime scene examination

  • Barnes, K.M. & Bryson, D (2020) ‘A classroom-based game to support student learning of missing person and clandestine grave search techniques’, The Journal of Academic Development and Education. Autumn issue: 34-39. DOI: 10.21252/MRGG-ZX39

Fibres, glass and other traces

  • Nichols-Drew, L., Armitage, R., Hillman, R., Sheridan, K.J. and Farrugia, K.J., (2020) ‘On a knife edge: A preliminary investigation of clothing damage using rounded-tip knives’, Science & Justice, 60(6) p.495-503.

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