The American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ 69th Annual Scientific Meeting begins next week in New Orleans. Around 5,000 are expected to attend.
Thousands of forensic professionals from around the world are heading to New Orleans to discuss issues facing the profession and learn about scientific advances that will affect the industry moving forward.
Organization: American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Conference: 69th Annual Scientific Meeting
Venue: Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Following a welcome reception on Tuesday evening, the AAFS scientific meeting kicks off early Wednesday with a plenary session that will examine the evolution, challenges, and progress of forensic science and AAFS from the perspective of former and current leaders in the community. Also on the agenda:
Test your knowledge. Attendees can compete in the Academy Cup, a quiz game that tests their knowledge of AAFS. Teams, which are divided up by AAFS sections and include 11 members, answer multiple-choice and true-and-false questions. The winning team will earn bragging rights and a trophy.
You better believe. This year’s program features a “Believe It or Not” session on Friday night where attendees will share interesting cases they’ve worked on. One presenter will discuss how DNA from a victim’s pocket solved a cold case, while another will talk about identifying silk forgeries.
Next-gen introduction. Local students will have an opportunity to gain firsthand training in the field though the meeting’s Student Academy. The one-day program will give students the chance to examine evidence to help solve a crime. Students will rotate through a series of stations, working within the various disciplines of the forensic sciences, and meet industry experts.