An online panel discussion with writers, actors and storytellers from the TV show TRACES

  • Doran, H. (Chair)
  • Nic Daeid, N. (Speaker)
  • Hackman, L. (Speaker)
  • Val McDermid (Speaker)
  • Laura Fraser (Speaker)
  • Pauline Mack (Organiser)
  • Amelia Bullmore (Speaker)
  • Jennifer Spence (Speaker)

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition


At this virtual event we will discuss how the idea for the TV show was created and how scientists and storytellers worked together to bring forensic science to life on our screens. Cake is obviously encouraged and there will be opportunities for questions!

On the panel you will hear from:

Val McDermid, award winning Scottish Crime Writer and originator of the story for TRACES

Amelia Bullmore, actress and writer of TRACES

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee

Professor Lucina Hackman, Forensic Anthropologist at the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science

Laura Fraser and Jennifer Spence (filming schedules permitting)

This event will be hosted via a Zoom webinar, registration here will give you the information to join this webinar but the event will also be broadcast through Youtube and Facebook. If you attend to watch via these social channels please do not register - just tune in through the LRCFS Facebook page on the day.

This event will be recorded

"TRACES is set against the stunning Scottish landscape in and around Dundee and the six-part thriller takes viewers into the world of forensic science. The story follows 23-year-old Emma Hedges, who takes up a new position as a lab assistant at the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science. While attending an online forensics course, she discovers that the fictitious case study has a strikingly similar and shocking link to her past. As Emma starts to dig deeper into the unsolved murder case, she soon realizes she should not trust anyone. With a help of two female professors, Sarah Gordon and Kathy Torrence, she works on bringing a killer to justice."
Period8 Mar 2021
Event titleDundee Women's Festival 2021
Event typeOther
LocationDUNDEEShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational