National Forensic Science Week Returns

Source: Matthew C. Go, PhD, CFSO Ad Hoc Committee Member

National Forensic Science Week (NFSW) returns September 17-23, 2023. Celebrating its 11th Anniversary, NFSW seeks to promote public awareness of the forensic sciences through a week-long outreach event filled with exciting local community showcases and social media posts.

Events include various laboratory and police department open houses and tours (in-person and virtual), lectures, and webinars. Social media will feature engagement activities such as Meet a Scientist, Learn a Technique, Roll Call, and Discipline Match-Up.

Several city, county, state, and federal governments will be issuing official proclamations declaring the third week of September as National Forensic Science Week.

Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and LinkedIn. Use the hashtags:​#NFSW, #NFSW2023, and #nationalforensicscienceweek.

Visit ​​ for more information and ways you can get your organization involved.

The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) is an original member of the NFSW collaborative and actively advocates for making the week more prominent. Formed in 2000, the CFSO is comprised of six member organizations: the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD), the International Association for Identification (IAI), the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IACME), the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), and the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and American Board of Forensic Toxicology (SOFT).

The CFSO Ad Hoc Committee Members for National Forensic Science Week are: Jeff Gurvis (IAI), Penny Dechant (IAI), Ken Martin (IAI), Emily Rue (AAFS), Matthew Go (AAFS), Ken Melson (AAFS), Jennifer Naugle (ASCLD), Tim Kupferschmid (ASCLD), Erin Forry (ASCLD), Matthew Gamette (ASCLD), Jenna Aungst (NAME), M.J. Menendez (NAME), James Gill (NAME), Alaina Holt (SOFT), and Ashley Harris (SOFT).


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