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      Our Holme Festival: A Body in the River in Huddersfield

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      October 22, 2019

      Tuesday   2:30 PM

      University of Huddersfield , Queensgate
      Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

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      Our Holme Festival: A Body in the River

      A body in the river: the new science of forensic hydrology by: Professor Carolyn Roberts, Professor Emerita of Environment, and Fellow, Gresham College, London Bodies of murder victims - whole or in pieces - often end up in rivers or canals. Professor Carolyn Roberts works as an expert witness with UK police forces, applying the principles of hydrology to murder investigations.  In these tragic and gruesome settings, understanding the science of rivers and meteorology can help to identify where bodies have come from, or disappeared to. Drawing on macabre and fascinating case studies from across the UK and beyond, Professor Roberts’ lecture takes you into the world of forensic hydrology. From specific cases to the general principles of tracing bodies, you’ll discover how the science of this emerging discipline, can assist and support the law.  Probably not for those of a nervous disposition, but of guaranteed interest to the curious. Interested in more Our Holme talks? This talk is part of the Our Holme River Festival. Other events on the day include: 10.30-11.30am: Saving the planet in the hills above Huddersfield, Mr Chris Dean 1.00-2.00pm: Climate change and National Parks: from threat to opportunity? Andrew McCloy 5.30-6.30pm: Reducing the impact of plastic waste on the water environment, Mr Rob Casey 7.00-8.00pm: Lifeblood of Your Town: Why should you make friends with rivers like the Holme and Colne? Dr Paul Gaskell Find out more about River Holme Connections, a charity dedicated to making the River Holme catchment better for people and wildlife. More about our speaker:  Professor Carolyn Roberts, Professor Emerita of Environment, and Fellow, Gresham College, London Professor Carolyn Roberts is an environmental scientist with longstanding water and environment interests. She was the first Professor of the Environment at Gresham College, London, where Sir Christopher Wren and scientist James Hooke held professorships. Earlier in her career, Professor Roberts directed the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network at the University of Oxford, and was Chair of the Society for the Environment. Carolyn is a Vice President of the UK Institution of Environmental Sciences, and frequently represents the UK government internationally, promoting the country’s expertise in environmental science and technology. Today, Professor Roberts, work focuses mainly on the likely future impact of residential, industrial and waste developments on the water environment. Her forensic hydrology work, has led to some gruesome but fascinating projects with the police, tracking the bodies of murder victims floating down rivers.

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