“Petits réfugiés” (little refugees)

Autumn 2016 Issue


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Professor Liz Towns-Andrews
Director of Research and Enterprise

International oral history project shares the voices of the “petits réfugiés” 

During the Second World War a large number of French children were displaced and separated from their families as a result of the Allied bombing of France, the threat of invasion and severe food shortages in cities. Known as the “petits réfugiés” (little refugees) the voices of these children have rarely been heard. Read more

Identifying the ‘smell of death’

Most people are able to recognise the smell of “death” when they encounter a dead animal on a farm or a roadkill. But despite its distinctive scent, few know why it actually smells the way it does. Even forensic scientists may not have identified all of the compounds behind it yet – they are still in the process. Read more

The critical role of voice evidence in court

Forensic speech science plays a critical role in criminal cases involving voice evidence. Forensic speaker comparison is the most common task carried out by experts and involves the comparison of a criminal recording, for example, a threatening phone call such as a bomb threat, and a known suspect sample such as a police interview. It is the role of an expert forensic speech scientist to advise the judge or jury on the probability of the evidence given competing hypotheses from the prosecution and defence. Read more



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