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UCL CSCS launches National Environmental Crime Conference

24 September 2008

UCL Centre for Security and Crime Science is to host its inaugural National Environmental Crime Conference next month.

British Library

Supported by the Environment Agency and the Home Office, the event is a major first step to reduce the threat that environmental crime poses to national and local communities.

Professor Gloria Laycock, director of the UCL Jill Dando Institute, will introduce a distinguished array of academics, practitioners, law enforcers, policy makers and industry figures, who will explore current and future eco-crime problems from wildlife crime to industrial pollution and illegal waste disposal.

The day aims to explore ways of bringing together crime science, environmental engineering and systems engineering approaches to tackle the problems together.

Speakers are set to include Arwyn Jones and John Burns of the Environment Agency, Richard Brunstrom of the Association of Chief Police Officers and Friends of the Earth chief executive Andy Atkins.

Academics including Dr Steve Welch, director of the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering and Professor Richard Macrory QC, Professor of Environmental Law at the UCL Centre for Law and the Environment will also present their views.

The all-day event takes place at the British Library and will be free to UCL staff and students, but places are limited and pre-registration is essential.

For non-UCL attendees, there is an early bird rate of £49 which includes lunch.