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Dr Isabel Picornell is a Consultant Forensic Linguist and Director of QEDforensics, providing forensic linguistic services to the corporate, investigative, and intelligence industry. She holds a PhD in forensic linguistics from Aston University, Birmingham (UK). She is the President of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguists, a member of the Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics, and a certified fraud examiner (ACFE). Her research interests is authorship in deceptive contexts.

Dr Krzysztof Kredens is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics at Aston University. He is Director of the Centre for Forensic Text Analysis at the University’s Institute for Forensic Linguistics and Programme Director on the MA Forensic Linguistics. He has published ca. 30 research outputs on aspects of forensic linguistics and has ample casework experience, both as an expert witness and in policing contexts. He has worked on over 100 cases involving questions of authorship, disputed meanings and language proficiency assessment, and provided investigative support and expert reports for law enforcement agencies and courts in Australia, England, Norway and Poland. He has been cross-examined in the Central Criminal Court in London (‘The Old Bailey’) and is registered on the UK National Crime Agency’s Expert Advisors Database as a specialist in forensic linguistics.


Dominic Schmitz
Postdoc of English Linguistics at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany

Janina Esser
Mathematician, University of Cologne, Germany

Natascha Rohde
PhD Student of Forensic Linguistics at Aston University, Birmingham, England

Viktoria Schneider
PhD Student of English Linguistics at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany


FörderLinK Düsseldorf e.V., Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

English Language and Linguistics, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Third-Party Funding

Former Lecturers & Partners

Dr Ria Perkins (2018, 2019, 2021)

Student Council for Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Cologne (2018, 2019)