Biomedical Entomology at the Crime Scene with Martin Hall
At the Dissenters Chapel on Saturday 21st October 2017 from 5:00 pm

The crucial evidence at a murder trial can often be provided not by human witnesses, but by insects. Insects are ubiquitous in nature and so are regularly encountered at crime scenes, either as a natural part of the environment or because they have been attracted there by a dead body. This can help the forensic entomologist ascertain how long the victim has been dead by assessing the degree to which insects have colonised the corpse.

Martin Hall will introduce the basics of the science, then take the audience from the crime scene to the laboratory and finally to the court room where the evidence is presented. He will end with a discussion of the wider applications of biomedical entomology beyond the criminal justice system.

Tickets £12 including a Hendrick's gin cocktail. Please click here to buy.

Martin Hall has worked as a forensic entomologist on some 200 criminal cases during the past 25 years. He is author or co-author of more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific publications, many on the biology of blowflies, the insects of primary evidential importance in forensic entomology. His most recent research focuses on the use of micro-CT scanning techniques to age developing blow flies within their puparia. Martin was the founding President of the European Association for Forensic Entomology (2002-2006) and he is on the Editorial Boards of Medical and Veterinary Entomology and Forensic Science International.

Travel advice to the Dissenters' Chapel - During the day guests can walk through the cemetery to get to the chapel but at night the main cemetery gates on the Harrow Road will be closed and the only accessible entrance is on Ladbroke Grove. Previously the address for this entrance was 364 Ladbroke Grove but this number has now been updated to 391.

The two closest underground stations are Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City or Circle Line) or Kensal Green (overground and Bakerloo Line). From Ladbroke Grove station there are several buses you can take to the Dissenters which include either the 28, 52 or 452. It's best to get off at the Sainbury's bus stop and then it's a short walk down Ladbroke Grove to the entrance to the Dissenters' Chapel.




The Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery, London. Ticket includes tour of the catacombs.