Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:24:00 BST

Forensic science lecturer Stefano honoured in Italy

Stefano Vanin

IMPORTANT contributions to forensic science have resulted in a University of Huddersfield lecturer and researcher receiving a prestigious honour in his native Italy.

Dr Stefano Vanin (pictured) has added a new body of knowledge to the discipline of forensic entomology – the crucial information that can be yielded by the activities of insects at a crime scene.  His work has led to the award of one of the prizes at the 2012 edition of the Premio Città Impresa.

Every year, at this major event, 1,000 prizes are bestowed on the most dynamic and creative people of northern Italy.  They are selected by experts from a list of at least 2,500 nominees and include innovators in a wide range of fields, including entrepreneurs, scientists, youth workers and public administrators.

Dr Vanin is from Treviso, in northern Italy, and came to the University of Huddersfield from the University of Padua.  His pioneering work on forensic entomology has played a significant part in major murder investigations.

He received his Premio Città Impresa award at a ceremony in Vicenza.  And the prize is most unusual – a small colour-coded fragment from a large sculpture created for the event.  All of the prize-winners receive a similar portion.

“All of the pieces are different, but if they were put together they would symbolise improvement and development in northern Italy, “said Dr Vanin.

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