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RACI Bayliss Lecture 2019: Breaking Bad Down Under - UWA

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University of Western Australia

Wilsmore Lecture Theatre

35 Stirling Hwy

Perth, WA 6009

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Breaking Bad Down Under:
 Chemistry and Illicit Drug Investigations

Hannah Crisp

Team Leader, Clandestine Lab Investigations, Forensic Science Laboratory, ChemCentre

While TV shows such as Breaking Bad and Narcos familiarise viewers with the manufacture and distribution of illicit drugs, in reality, these crime scenes are far from glamorous or sophisticated! From identifying an unknown tablet or powder sample to safely dismantling active drug laboratories or giving expert scientific evidence in criminal proceedings, the role of a forensic chemist is crucial to illicit drug investigations. Join Hannah as she shares interesting case studies and examples that highlight the varied roles forensic chemists play in the investigation of drug crime in Western Australia.

The Bayliss Lecture is aimed at Year 10 high school students and above, but will also be of broad interest to the general public.

About Hannah

Hannah completed her BSc in Forensic Science at Curtin University, with her honours year spent developing a strategy at ChemCentre for profiling methylamphetamine seizures in Western Australia. Since then, Hannah has gained more than 13 years’ experience in clandestine laboratory and illicit drug analysis and has attended over 300 clandestine laboratory scenes in Western Australia. She manages a team of scientists who specialise in the attendance and analysis of clandestine laboratories as well as the analysis and reporting of routine illicit drug exhibits, drug profiling samples and clandestine remediation samples. She assisted with the development of national training guidelines for clandestine laboratory attendance and is heavily involved with the running of state and national training programs to ensure that all staff who attend clandestine laboratories are suitably trained to enable these scenes to be processed as safely and efficiently as possible. As a senior reporting chemist, Hannah frequently provides expert opinion and testimony relating to illicit drug manufacture and drug profiling criminal proceedings.

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University of Western Australia, Wilsmore Lecture Theatre, Tuesday 12 March 2019

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Please be seated by 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm start

The Bayliss Lecture is free but bookings are essential and places are limited. Any enquiries or venue suggestions should be directed to Professor Simon Lewis : s.lewis@curtin.edu.au, 08 9266 2484

The Bayliss Lecture is generously supported by: Rowe Scientific, ChemCentre, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

The Bayliss Youth Lecture is organised by the Chemical Education Group of the Western Australian Branch of the RACI. This group was formally constituted in 1980 and aims to foster a close and continuing interaction among students, teachers and practising chemists - both industrial and academic - with the objective of developing interest in and an understanding of the full ramifications of chemical science.

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