Omniscience Speaker Series

The Omniscience Speaker Series is a digital science speaker series for both Tonbridge School and those with a passion for science. These talks aim to invite speakers from around the world who are experts in particularly exciting scientific fields, to share their knowledge with us.

Date: Wednesday 2nd December at 7pm

Title: The Forensic Explosives Laboratory: Scientific Investigation into the Misuse of Explosives

Booking: Book your free place at the online event through Eventbrite

Event: Once you have booked your place, you will be able to access the event on Microsoft Teams.


Dstl (the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) is the UK’s leading Government agency in applying Science and Technology to the defence and security of the UK. Dstl works out a broad range of areas including counter terrorism, cyber and space and provides capabilities including the Forensic Explosives Laboratory (FEL). FEL are the sole provider of forensic explosives investigations on the UK mainland, providing a 24/7 365 days a year service to police forces for any incident involving the use or suspected misuse of explosives, related materials or chemicals.

This talk will provide an introduction into FEL, the chemistry of explosives and examples of work that FEL undertakes.


Clare Mason has been working in the Forensic Science sector for 9 years and is currently an Explosives Case Officer at the Forensic Explosives Laboratory in Wiltshire, England. Previously she worked as a Forensic Toxicologist performing work for both the Police and Coroner’s Office to help determine whether a person’s death could be attributed to either drugs or alcohol.


Rachel Sunderland has worked at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) for almost 10 years and is a Forensic Case Officer in the Forensic Explosive Laboratory. Previously, she worked as an Analytical Chemist within Dstl specialising in explosive detection, studying the odour of explosives to maintain and improve the detection capability of canines and equipment.


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