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Dr Isabel Picornell is a consultant forensic linguist and Director of QEDforensics, which provides forensic linguistic services to the corporate, investigative, and intelligence sector. Isabel holds a PhD from Aston University and is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Institute for Text Analysis (Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics). Her research interest is authorship style in deceptive contexts. She is Immediate Past President of the International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguists, a certified Expert Witness (CUBS), and a certified fraud examiner (ACFE-retired).

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, Association for Diversity in Linguistics, 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

Lecturers & Partners

Dr Annina Heini (2023)

Dr Krzysztof Kredens (2022, 2024)

Dr Ria Perkins (2018, 2019, 2021)

Dr Isabel Picornell (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)

FörderLinK Düsseldorf e.V., Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (2023, 2024)

English Language and Linguistics, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (2023, 2024)

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

Third-Party Funding