The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University and Soundscape Voice Evidence are joining forces to host a FREE casework-centred short course, especially for early-career researchers in forensic speech science.

The objective is to bring research and casework closer together by providing researchers with a hands-on opportunity to get a taste of forensic speech casework. The course will be delivered by Dr George Brown and Dr Christin Kirchhübel.


How will it work?

The short course has a simple layout with Problem-Based Learning (PBL) at its centre:

  • We’ll give you a casework-based problem to work on;
  • You’ll have a few weeks to work on the problem in your own time (it’s difficult to estimate how long you would take to complete the task, but as a guide, we would anticipate that some people might spend three days of intensive work on the task, while others might spend a couple of hours on it each week);
  • Then we’ll gather in Lancaster for a one-day workshop to discuss the casework-based problem and different ways we could approach it.


Where and when is this happening?

The first session, where we introduce and distribute the task and materials, will take place at 14:00-15:00 (GMT) on Friday 25th November 2022 online.  

The one-day in-person workshop will take place on Thursday 2nd February 2023 at Lancaster Castle which is conveniently situated right next to Lancaster train station. Lunch will be provided.


Money is tight, is there any financial help?

Thanks to the Lancaster University Faculty of Arts and Social Science Research Fund, we have secured a limited number of small travel grants for attendees who might not be able to find travel funds elsewhere. You can let us know what you might need in the registration form and we’ll see what we can do.


How to register your interest

Places are limited, so please apply by Thursday 10th November 2022, and we’ll get back to you to let you know whether you have secured a place.

Please note that it is expected that attendees are registering to attend both the online introductory component AND the in-person one-day workshop in Lancaster. We will also give priority to student members of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics – this should not, however, stop other early-career researchers from registering their interest.


Any Questions? Get in touch

Email George Brown –