Forensic is derived from the Latin word “forensis’ meaning 'before the forum’. In the modern day, our ‘Forum’ is the court room and we make use of our scientific capabilities is the service of the legal system and the pursuit of justice. Science can play a part in all aspects of the end to end - crime scene to court process however the popular perception of what forensic science can achieve is often sensationalised and unrealistic. In truth, much of the scientific work that supports many areas of forensic science is badly defined and poorly researched, a point made clear by the US National Academy of Science in 2009. Forensic Science is increasingly fragmented both in terms of research and application such that it's potential opportunity to provide a holistic problem solving approach within a given case context is all but eroded.
In 2015 CAHID Professors Sue Black and Niamh Nic Daeid received funding from the Royal Society to catalyse a paradigm shift in forensic science, developing, with national and international partners, a new focus on forensic science research. This has paved the way for the creation of a new and exciting research community with the potential to change the nature of forensic science research and the effective use of forensic science to serve justice.
We undertake research in many areas of forensic science, developing some of the underpinning science which the courts need so that evidence can be considered reliable and admissible. CAHID also embarks on research at the cutting edge of forensic science creating new knowledge and developments in the field.