* The Geographies of Missing People research project has been nominated in the SIPR category for the Scottish Policing Awards. The awards will be presented by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan, Monday 11 March 2013. For more info visit http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0041/00414520.pdf
* Last year the Geographies of Missing People team presented to the European Chapter of the FBI in Brussels. They have now been invited to talk to the UK Chapter and Olivia and Nick will present to the FBINAA on 'The Police Response to Missing, Current Research' at Lancashire Police Headquarters, Hutton Hall, 12th March 2013.
* Geographies of Missing People research is featured in 'Making the Case for Social Sciences - Scotland' a new booklet about the impact of social science - produced by the Academy of Social Sciences.
* This month the team will be meeting with the project Advisory Group in London. The theme of this meeting is 'research impact', and we are reporting on our ambitions to use the research data we have collected over the next year.
* Olivia will be presenting in Edinburgh at the third annual Society for Evidence Based Policing conference on 'Police Responses to Missing Persons', 13th February 2013 (see, http://www.sebp.police.uk/news/events/)
* Preparations are underway for 3 members of the Project Team to travel to Washington DC at the beginning of April to participate in a joint Centre for Evidence Based Crime Policy and SIPR Symposium at George Mason University (see, http://gunston.gmu.edu/cebcp/cebcpsymposium.html).
* Nick and Penny are continuing to work with the Police National Search Centre to develop training materials for use during specialist Police Search Advisor training.
The Geographies of Missing People project team wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
* Geographies of Missing People research is featured in 'Making the Case for Social Sciences - Scotland' a new booklet about the impact of social science - produced by the Academy of Social Sciences. The launch is on Tuesday 18th December 2012 at The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh 11.30am - 12.30pm followed by a drinks reception.
* The Geographies of Missing People research has been nominated in the SIPRA category for the Scottish Policing Awards. The winner of the category will be announced Monday 11 March 2013.
* The Geographies of Missing People research team will present at the Third Annual SEBP Conference organised by The Society of Evidence Based Policing and supported by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR). The conference will take place at the Playfair Library at the University of Edinburgh on Wednesday 13th February 2013.
* On Monday 10 December at St-Martin-In-The-Fields, Trafalgar Square, Olivia is to attend the Carol Service organised by the charity Missing People, the UK Missing Person's Bureau and the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to remember all those who will be missed at Christmas.
* Penny Woolnough and the research project have featured in the Scottish Sun's Missing at Christmas Campaign, and local and regional press
* In the new year the team will be examining data and preparing presentations and further publications.
* The web-stories call launched in September and featured in numerous media outlets http://www.geographiesofmissingpeople.org.uk/dissemination/media. If you are over 18-years-old and have a direct experience of being reported as missing, join this research project and write down your story www.geographiesofmissingpeople.org.uk/missingstories
* Family interviews are ongoing and Hester and Olivia will be in London this month to run a focus group with families of missing people
* We are delighted that as well as Dr Veerle Pashley from the University of Brussels, Cristina Cattaneo from the University of Milan and Alain Remue from the Belgian Federal Police have confirmed as a speakers for the EU Missing Workshop to be held next year (May 17th 2013) in Brussels. Please check back for further updates on the workshop...
* The Geographies of Missing People research team will be involved in an event to be held next year in Washington (8-10th April, 2013). The symposium 'Translating policing research into practice: academic and practitioner perspectives' is organised jointly by the Centre for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (George Mason University) and the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (Dundee University). Please check back for further updates on the workshop...