In society, the division of labour between different individuals is important to continue the functionality of the collective population. Everyone has different roles and responsibilities. Numerous industries exist, each fulfilling a unique purpose. The same is true in research – specialization within niche fields is becoming more and more common. Researchers study different things, and even those working in the same lab will have different research focuses. Despite, and in light of, the narrowing of individual focuses, collaborations become more and more important in order to ensure that we can all function cohesively as well as individually.
So, it’s been a busy first month, and the two highlights so far happened within the last week and a bit.
Two weekends ago, on November 7th and 8th, we attended the Annual Autumn Conference of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. This was a fantastic opportunity for people like yours truly who have no previous experience in Forensics to find out what people are getting up to, and chat with academics and practitioners in the area. Conveniently enough the conference took place in College Court, the University of Leicester’s conference centre.
A further upside of this conference: We finally managed to get the entire INTREPID group together, including Jessica and Marwan, who aren’t starting until January! You can imagine that this was adequately celebrated. Everyone arrived the evening before the conference, so we all got together at a lovely tapas place near the conference centre. The next morning I arrived early at Hotel Thalassa (I live outside of Leicester, so decided to spend the weekend at hers). It was fun to see everyone all dressed up and formal (or rather, business-casual ;-). And then it began… [Read more…]