International Crime Science Conference

Nick Ross Chairing

16 July 2015, British Library, LONDON

This year the 9th International Crime Science Conference will focus on “Science and Security: the application of scientific method to the most pressing crime and security problems of today”. The conference will take place on 16th July 2015 at the British Library in London. The International Crime Science Conference will focus on how techniques, methodologies and technologies from across the physical and social sciences spectrum are being used to tackle some of the most pressing crime and security concerns facing today’s societies. Topics covered will include cyber crime operations; preventing and mitigating extremism; knife and gun crime; advances in sensing for security applications, post-blast explosives detection; money laundering in the Information Age; tackling modern labour trafficking; new approaches in forensic evidence detection and interpretation.

The conference, which has enjoyed consistently high approval ratings from delegates over the past eight years, brings together senior security practitioners, policy-makers, technologists, and academics, all developing the latest techniques and technologies for preventing crime and increasing security. The conference is supported by the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction at the College of Policing.

(Please note: talk/speaker details will be updated here as they are confirmed)

9.30 Welcome

9.40 Opening Plenary

Chair: Professor Richard Wortley, UCL Security and Crime Science

Details TBC

10.40 Coffee and Student Posters

11.00 Parallel Sessions

Location TBC: Preventing, Interdicting and Mitigating Extremism

Chair: Dr Noemie Bouhana, UCL Security and Crime Science

Details TBC

Location TBC: Illicit Money in the Era of Big data - How has the Information Age changed Money Laundering and what can we do about it?

Chair: TBC, UCL Security and Crime Science

Details TBC

Location TBC: Data-science for Security and Intelligence

Chair: Alex Gibberd, UCL Security and Crime Science

11.45 Parallel Sessions

Location TBC: What Works in Crime Reduction - Sytematic Reviews

Chair: Professor Gloria Laycock OBE, UCL Security and Crime Science

Details TBC

Location TBC: New approaches in forensic evidence detection and interpretation

Chair: Professor Ruth Morgan, UCL Security and Crime Science

Details TBC

Location TBC: Tackling modern slavery: A focus on human trafficking for labour exploitation

Chairs: Dr Ella Cockbain, UCL Security and Crime Science

12.45 – 13.45 Lunch and Student Posters

13.45 Afternoon Plenary

Chair: Professor Richard Wortley, UCL Security and Crime Science

Details TBC

14.30 Coffee and Student Posters

15.00 Parallel Sessions

Location TBC: Explosives – advances in ‘pre-blast’ and 'post-blast' research

Chair: TBC

Details TBC

Location TBC: The evolution of cybercriminal operations  - from commodity malware to targeted attacks

Chair: Dr Gianluca Stringhini, UCL Security and Crime Science

Details TBC

Location TBC: Advances in sensing with security applications

Chair: TBC

Details TBC

16.00 Break

16.15 Panel Discussion:

Chair: Nick Ross, Broadcaster

Details TBC

17.00 Drinks and networking

Registration for the International Crime Science conference can be accessed via this link.

Registration costs

  • Early bird rate:   £199
  • Concessionary Rate (Probationary police officers, UCL and non-UCL students and UCL Staff only):   £99
  • Speakers and invited guests - Use the code provided by the administrator

To book please click on this link.

Speakers and abstracts

Professor Gloria Laycock, OBE
Gloria Laycock


Gloria Laycock graduated in psychology from University College London in 1968 and completed her PhD at UCL in 1975. She worked in the Home Office for over thirty years of which almost twenty years were spent on research and development in the policing and crime prevention fields. She has extensive research experience in the UK and has acted as a consultant on policing and crime prevention in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

In 1999 she was awarded an International Visiting Fellowship by the United States Department of Justice based in Washington DC. She returned to the UK in April 2001 from a four-month consultancy at the Australian Institute of Criminology in Canberra to become Founding Director of the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science. In 2010 she took special leave from UCL to establish the Community Policing and Police Science Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has now returned to UCL as Professor of Crime Science and is Director of the Commissioned Partnership Research Consortium supporting the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction.

She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2008 for services to crime policy.

Dr Ruth Morgan


Ruth joined UCL in 2007 having completed a D.Phil in Forensic Geoscience at the University of Oxford. Her research is focussed around the role of physical evidence in the detection of crime.  Current research interests include establishing the evidence dynamics, transfer and persistence of geoforensic materials (soil, sediment, pollen etc.), and research that contributes to the production of guidelines for the practice of forensic geoscience. Recent work has concentrated on developing forensic applications of Scanning Electron Microscopy in the analysis of quartz grain surface textures.  Her research has been presented at a number of international conferences and appeared in New Scientist and the press. 

Ruth is the Director of the UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences.  The Centre seeks to facilitate a network of UCL academics from a wide range of different disciplines and departments to enable a strategic and multidisciplinary research programme in collaboration with external partners and forensic science stakeholders.

She is a member of a number of committees including the London Geological Society Forensic Geoscience Group, the UK Forensic Science Education Group and a member of the Advisory Board of Inside Justice. She is also a reviewer for forensic geoscience submissions for a number of internationally peer reviewed journals.

Current collaborators include Dr Lewis Griffin (UCL Computer Science), Dr Peter Bull (University of Oxford), Dr Melanie Webb (University of Surrey), Dr James Robertson (University of Canberra), Dr Lorna Dawson (Macaulay Institute), Dr James Riding (British Geological Survey).

Professor Richard Wortley

Richard Wortley is Director of the Jill Dando Institute at UCL, Head of the Department of Security and Crime Science at UCL and Director of the SECReT Doctoral Training Centre.  He has a PhD in psychology, and worked as a prison psychologist for ten years before moving to academia. He was head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University (Australia) for 9 years, and is a past national Chair of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Forensic Psychologists. His research interests centre on environmental criminology and situational crime prevention. In recent years his research has been particularly concerned with the role that immediate environments play in facilitating child sexual abuse. He has been a chief investigator on 8 national competitive grants in Australia with total finding of around $Aus2 million.
Nick Ross
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Nick Ross is a British broadcaster and journalist who for many years presented the BBC crime appeals show Crimewatch and helped establish the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science where he is chairman of the Board and a visiting professor. He is a psychologist by background and a campaigner for evidence-based policy and author of ‘Crime: how to solve it and why almost everything we’re told is wrong’.

(The book was launched at 2013's conference.)

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