In 2011, the NSW Police Homicide Squad discovered the remains of a young woman in the notorious Belanglo State Forest.

Unable to make a positive identification, they called on Dr Susan Hayes to undertake a facial approximation (popularly called facial reconstruction) of the woman’s remains.

Join us this month as Dr Hayes discusses the methods used to estimate the young woman’s facial appearance, why they were applied, and following the woman’s identification in 2016, which of these methods were found to be effective, and which were not.

Watch the recording

Recording of "Forensic facial reconstruction" lecture (YouTube, 1h:03m:27s)

Meet the presenters

Dr Susan Hayes

Dr Susan Hayes is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Wollongong’s Centre for Archaeological Science. Her specialisation is human craniofacial variation, facial identification and using applied research to estimate facial appearance from the skull.

Dr Hayes’ past projects include significant palaoanthropological and archaeological remains from South America, Europe, Southeast Asia and Oceania, as well as forensic identifications in Australia, and is a keynote speaker for the 2017 International Association for Craniofacial Identification.

About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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