The director of the first natural human decomposition laboratory in the world, Dr Dawnie Steadman, is launching the University of Lincoln’s Be Inspired lecture series on 7th April, 2014.

The programme, which is free and open to the public, will see world-leading female scientists deliver high-profile research lectures.

Dr Steadman is the Director of the Forensic Anthropology Centre (FAC) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, US. The FAC contains the Anthropology Research Facility – the first of its kind to permit the systematic study of human decomposition.

Dr Steadman is a skeletal biologist who specialises in forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology and human rights investigations. She is a Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist and consults for medical examiners and law enforcement across the US.

Her recent bioarchaeological work includes a National Science Foundation-funded study of warfare and community health in prehistoric Tennessee and she has been involved in human rights investigations in several countries, most recently in Spain and Uganda.

Dr Steadman’s talk will focus on her career path as a woman in the US scientific field and she will also be presenting her research including current research at the Forensic Anthropology Centre.

While visiting the University, Dr Steadman will also validate the new MSc in Forensic Anthropology, which begins in September 2014.

Gillian Fowler, Forensic Anthropologist and Senior Lecturer within the School of Life Sciences, said: “We are privileged to have such an eminent forensic anthropologist who has worked all over the world and who is now leading the research at the Forensic Anthropology Centre at the University of Tennessee.”

The talk is the first in a series which will see eminent female scientists deliver free public talks.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, will give a welcome address on Monday, 7th April at 5.30pm which will be followed by the lecture at 6pm and a question and answer session.

To book a place for the event, which is being held in the EMMTEC, call 01522 837100, e-mail or via website: