University of Amsterdam creates Europe’s first ‘body farm’

New facility should provide crucial information for detecting crimes

October 4, 2017
Source: istock
Information on what happens to bodies after death can provide vital clues in solving crimes

The University of Amsterdam has become the first European institution to set up its own facility to study the process of decomposition.

There are already a number of such facilities in the US and Australia. But although they can offer detectives essential new information for establishing the time and cause of death and sometimes for identifying dead bodies, results obtained in one environment may not be relevant in different climatic conditions.

Now the Netherlands’ Academic Medical Center, which is affiliated to the University of Amsterdam, has been licensed to create its own small cemetery on site, where bodies are buried to a depth of up to one metre.

Researchers from the university’s faculties of science and mathematics will work alongside those from Maastricht University, the Dutch Forensic Institute and national police agencies.

matthew.reisz@timeshighereducation.com

Please login or register to read this article

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments