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Research Council heads come together at UCL Crime Science conference

6 February 2008


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The chief executives of three major funding bodies will be appearing together at UCL to discuss ways for researchers from across the academic spectrum to engage with one another to address and solve security issues.

At the second International Crime Science Conference, hosted by the UCL Centre for Security & Crime Science at the British Library on 17 and 18 July, Professors Dave Delpy (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council), Ian Diamond (Economic & Social Research Council), and Philip Esler (Arts & Humanities Research Council) will participate in a panel discussion.

The UK government recognised the need to fund research into security issues with an announcement in December 2007 of the £113 million Global Threat Security funding programme. With £61 million of this funding available through the AHRC, ESRC and EPSRC, now is a particularly opportune time to take an interdisciplinary approach to funding bids.

This year's conference will address the four key themes of antisocial behaviour, crime, organised crime and terrorism. Academics and postgraduate students of all disciplines are invited to submit abstracts (deadline 15 February 2008) describing current and future development of security and crime science, including examples of collaborations between practitioners and scientists.

The authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper (two pages) by 15 April 2008 and present it during the conference as either a poster or an oral presentation. Papers describing the process and/or results of collaborations between scientists, practitioners and manufacturers are especially welcomed. A prize of £250 will be presented to the authors of the best paper in that category.

Each paper and presentation should describe a new technique or technology, focusing on its application to prevent, disrupt or detect antisocial behaviour, crime, organised crime or terrorism. The organisers are particularly keen to hear about real case studies, potential applications and collaborative work.

Topics may include advances in cyber-security, bio and chemical sensors, surveillance, biometrics and forensic science, and real cases of applications from fraud prevention to counter-terrorism.

The full cost of the conference is £285 (early bird rate) with discounts of up to 60 per cent for UCL staff and students.

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