How can Genetic Genealogy Transform Forensic Investigations?

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar


A panel event discussion with a public audience hosted by the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science.

Genetic genealogy describes the use of DNA profiling and family lineages (genealogy) in tandem to deduce how individuals are related. Commercially, genetic genealogy has been used to create vast genetic databases that allow people to research their family history and perhaps even discover unexpected relationships.

Within the context of forensic science, there is ongoing debate about the value of genetic genealogy in solving cases. Our panel of experts will discuss some of the key talking points including how genetic genealogy could be used in forensic science, its potential benefits, how it may be misused, and important ethical challenges we face with its application.

In this event you will hear from a panel of experts from a variety of fields. The panel will be chaired by Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee.


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

Dr Brian Plastow - the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner

Eryk Jan Grzeszkowiak – Genetic genealogist and lecturer at the University College Cork and the University of Limerick

Alyson Leslie – Social work researcher and family historian

Steven Ferguson - Forensic Lead (DNA Technical) at Scottish Police Authority
Period13 Feb 2023
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • forensic science
  • genetic geneaology
  • public engagement