News: Churchill Fellow wins prestigious Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences award

Published: 15 Nov 2018

News: Churchill Fellow wins prestigious Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences award

Churchill Fellow Rose Mary Johnston has won the CSEye Award for an article recommending the establishment of a body farm in the UK. Such a facility would be the first of its kind in Europe and would enable scientists to study the decomposition of human bodies, providing vital insights for improving the investigation of deaths.

Major crime forensic advisor Rose Mary has been a champion of establishing a body farm in the UK since returning from her travels to Australia and the USA in 2017, where she visited facilities for studying human and animal remains.

Her article, ‘The operation of body farms - learning points for setting up a Human Taphonomy facility in the UK’, was chosen by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science as the best article published in its magazine, CSEye, in the past 12 months.

Rose Mary received her award at a ceremony earlier this month (November). She said:

“I'm humbled to have been chosen for this award. I'm glad my findings are being seen by my professional colleagues across the country and I hope that my report will in some way help the continuing campaign to get a body farm established here in the UK.”

The Chartered Society of Forensic Science (CSOFS) is the UK’s foremost professional association for forensic scientists.

Top picture: Rose Mary (right) receives her award from Professor Lisa Smith, CSFS’s Honorary Editor

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