Summer School 2021

Forensic science, trauma and justice


Dr Marise Heyns, senior lecturer, Dr Laura Heathfield, lecturer, Calvin Mole, lecturer, Division of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, Department of Pathology, UCT.

This three-lecture course will explore the myths, truths and realities of forensic science and its role in the pursuit of justice. It will focus on identification, which will include evidence from the crime scene that may lead to identification of the victim and/or the perpetrator. The concept of chain of custody will be explained in this regard. An introduction to skeletal trauma analysis will also be presented. This will include different types of trauma seen in bones, when the trauma occurred (before or after death), and a discussion on the role trauma analysis plays in the identification process. Lastly, discussions will include DNA-based procedures that are performed in a forensic setting, such as DNA analysis from bones, to assist in the identification of human remains. 



1. Crime scenes: what to do and what not to do  Dr Marise Heyns

2. Skeletal trauma analysis Mr Calvin Mole

3. Human identification using DNA Dr Laura Heathfield


This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.


Date: Monday 11–Wednesday 13 January
Time: 11.15 am