COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., February 8, 2022. /American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)/ — This February, the AAFS welcomes forensic scientists, legal professionals, and forensic professionals to experience hundreds of scientific presentations, networking opportunities, scientific exhibitors, and more. The AAFS is excited to announce that The 74th Annual Scientific Conference will be in-person this year at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, February 21-25. For those who cannot attend in person, a virtual solution is also being offered.
The virtual portion of this year's hybrid conference will be hosted by a leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, Cvent. Several sessions will be live-streamed, and all pre-recorded scientific workshops will be available on the virtual platform for 60 days following the conference. This technological leap for AAFS is supported by the 2021-22 theme set forth by 74th Academy President Carl McClary, MS – "A Responsive Academy, Meeting and Surpassing the Challenges of a Modern Forensic Science World."
In an effort to lead as a responsive membership organization, and advance the field of forensic science, the Academy has made significant advancements in the last 12 months to establish a more solid foundation for the future. Included among these betterments was the presentation of the new AAFS logo, the launching of a new public website, and the transition to a new account portal experience that provides more benefits to AAFS members and non-members. Furthermore, there have been significant internal changes to Academy staff, including the introduction of a new meetings department who heads the planning of the first hybrid forensic science conference.
Full-day and half-day forensic science workshops will be held Monday, Feb. 21 and Tuesday, Feb. 22. On Wednesday, Feb. 23, the exhibit hall will open as the bulk of the attendees arrive to attend the scientific sessions.
Also on Wednesday, Dr. Marc Milstein, PhD, will be giving a keynote address from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Dr. Milstein's presentation provides science-based solutions to keep the brain healthy, lower the risk of dementia, boost productivity, and maximize longevity.
Following the Keynote Address, the Plenary Session, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., will cover the AAFS' efforts to update its interface and expand its educational offerings beyond the Annual Scientific Conference. The panel speakers, including AAFS President Carl McClary, will discuss a novel analysis technique regarding the extraction of DNA evidence from fired cartridge cases and a multi-member initiative to authenticate multimedia evidence.
COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION FOR JOURNALISTS: Individuals looking to document a current direct connection with the news media may receive a complimentary registration to the meeting. Such individuals must provide appropriate credentials verifying their status as a member of the press. Anyone seeking access to any aspect of the annual meeting must be registered. Press wishing to attend a workshop are required to pay the additional fee ($100 for half-day; $150 for full day).
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multidisciplinary professional organization providing leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote professionalism, integrity, competency, and education, and to foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences.
Organized in 1948, AAFS serves a distinguished and diverse membership of more than 6,600 forensic science professionals who are the focal point for public information when forensic science issues are addressed in the public domain. AAFS publishes the internationally recognized Journal of Forensic Sciences. For more information, visit aafs.org.
Jase Hamstad, AAFS Staff
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