AAFS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting — Seattle, Washington 2018



Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 AAFS President, sets forth her meeting theme “Science Matters” with initiatives to the membership, which include a continued focus on research, fostering the research culture in forensic science, and expanding and integrating forensic science research within the broader scientific community. Three areas cited of work performed by the Academy to highlight during her term: The Forensic Sciences Foundation, which gives grants and scholarships to students and educators; the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center, which is involved with providing forensic assistance globally where necessary; and the AAFS Academy Standards Board, which is developing standards to improve the quality and reliability of forensic science evidence that is used in court. Ms. DesPortes also plans to improve communication between the forensic science community and the justice system to provide a better understanding of science-based evidence, which can empower the court system to better use science to reach the truth.

70th Annual Scientific Meeting
February 19th – 24th 2018
Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101-2310
Science Matters

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline August 1st
Accommodations Information Available Now
Advance Program Release Available Now
Registration Open Available Now
Student Academy Registration  Available Now
Hotel Reservation Cutoff Deadline  Mid January
Pre-Registration Deadline January 24th
Guidebook & Proceedings Release Late January
Workshop Handouts Distribution / Download Available 3rd Week of January
Registration Pickup Opens February 18th
Pre-Meeting Workshops (pre-registration only) February 19th – 20th
Welcoming Reception Evening of February 20th
Scientific Sessions February 21st – 24th
Plenary / Opening Session February 21st
AAFS Annual Business Meeting & Section Business Meetings February 21st
Exhibit Hall Open February 21st – 23rd