What does it take to be a forensic scientist? Get immersed in this expert-led panel discussion that will take you beyond the TV screen, away from the pages of your books and past the police cordons. This is how to solve a crime with world-leading, front-line forensics.

Professor Angela Gallop, author of How to Solve a Crime: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Forensics, is joined by Niamh Nic Daeid, director of the award-winning Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, to bring you real-life insights like you’ve never seen or heard before.

Chaired by crime writer A.A. Dhand, this discussion will uncover the importance of impartial evidence when it comes to delivering justice and convicting the guilty.


About The Speaker

Angela Gallop - speaker at Bradford Literature Festival

Angela Gallop

Angela Gallop is one of the world’s most eminent forensic scientists. During a career spanning more than 45 years, she has helped to drive change and transformation within the service, both in the UK and abroad. A specialist in cold-case investigations, Angela has led forensic teams to find vital evidence in many of the UK’s most challenging cases, including the deaths of Stephen Lawrence, Damilola Taylor, Rachel Nickell, Roberto Calvi and many others. In 2015, Angela was awarded a CBE for her services to forensic science. Her first book, When the Dogs Don’t Bark: A Forensic Scientist’s Search for the Truth was published in 2019.

About The Chair

A.A. Dhand

A.A. Dhand was raised in Bradford and spent his youth observing the city from behind the counter of a small convenience store. The history, diversity and darkness of the city have inspired his Harry Virdee novels. The Blood Divide is his first standalone thriller.

About The Academic

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Niamh Nic Daeid

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid is an award winning Chartered Chemist and authorised forensic scientist. She is a Professor of Forensic Science and Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee. She has been involved in forensic science education, research and casework for over 28 years.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and holds fellowships of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Chartered Society of Forensic Science, the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland, the Royal Statistical Society and the UK Association of Fire Investigators.  

Niamh has received a range awards including the ENFSI distinguished forensic scientist award, the Pete Ganci award for services to fire investigation, the Stephen Fry Award for public engagement and the Royal Society of Edinburgh Medal for public engagement.  She has published over 200 peer reviewed research papers and book chapters and holds a research grant portfolio in excess of £27 million.