Preparing for AAFS 2024

Source: Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, PhD, Section Chair

The upcoming AAFS Annual Scientific Conference is taking place in Baltimore, MD, February 17–22, 2025. As we prepare for this event, we are now seeking prospective presenters to contribute their expertise and research.

Conference Theme: Technology: A Tool for Transformation or Tyranny?

Our section aims to embrace this theme by highlighting presentations that emphasize the dual nature of technology in forensic science. We are particularly interested in submissions that explore how digital and multimedia technologies are transforming forensic practices while also addressing potential ethical concerns and challenges.

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science section to develop a joint session exploring the intersection of technology, forensic science, and human behavior.

Submission Types:

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2024 (This is a firm deadline.)

Awards and Benefits:

  • Students are eligible for a travel award
  • Up to two non-members are eligible for a waived registration fee
  • Please self-identify for any awards when submitting your abstract


Workshop Proposal Requirements: In addition to an abstract, workshop proposals must include:

  • CV for all speakers
  • Contact information for all speakers
  • Full- or Half-Day designation
  • Workshop schedule with time designations per speaker
  • Speaker disclosures
  • Expected audience size
  • Estimated number of pages for handouts


Volunteer Opportunities: We are seeking volunteers to serve as session moderators. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the success of the conference and fulfill service requirements for Academy membership and promotion. If interested, please email the DMS Program Chair or Co- Chair at the information provided below.

Reviewers, moderators, and volunteers play a pivotal role in the success of the annual conference. These activities count as service to the Academy for membership and promotion requirements.

Contact Information: For questions about workshops or scientific session submissions, please contact:


We look forward to receiving your interesting and innovative submissions. Your contributions are essential in advancing our field and making this conference a success.

We can't wait to see you all in Baltimore!


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