Dear readers, fellow Intrepid partners,
I write this blog today, unfortunately not with great pleasure, but prompted, pained, by the ever-cracking whip of our tyrannic – yet beloved – administrator, cowering in fear at the mere thought of his divine punishment.
Before tackling the subject at hand, I would like to point out that it has been almost 2 months since our arrival in Leicester and I have already taken some things from it. Concerning the weather for instance, I have come to learn – the hard way – that this tribe has a different (not to say erroneous) definition of some meteorological terms.
On to the real news! We finally got to meet the last 2 members of the Intrepid crew, who will join us for good in January, namely Jessica, who’s from Canada, and Marwan, from Lebanon! They’re just as nice and motivated as the rest of us and I’m sure they’ll fit right in the group.
Why would they coincidentally come to Leicester at the same time, you might think? They came to attend the annual conference of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences which was held on the 7th and 8th of November. There was the conference itself, where mostly researchers presented their work, newest discoveries / results, from chemistry applied to fiber analysis, to fingerprint lifting on burnt materials. The post-graduate symposium was held alongside, where graduates and postgraduates were invited to discuss their master’s thesis and, for some, on-going doctoral research.
The feedback PhD candidates got from their early work was always encouraging, many people seemed to already know each other… I really liked the atmosphere, and it gives me something to look forward to for the months / years to come. I found it extremely motivating overall.
In addition to that, this was also another occasion to promote our program – in preparation to some of us presenting our work next year – hopefully! A banner, paper cards, pens…
That’s not quite all! Francisco, Silke and I got to meet Dr. David Charlton, Fingerprint Expert, on the 13th. He was extremely eager to answer all of our questions (the list was pretty long, I admit), and excited to share “some” (no more than 5Gb) worth of articles and fingerprint pictures he had. He seems very motivated to take part in the program and I’m sure you haven’t seen the last of him… more information to come in February!