Welcome to The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society

This is the central website of the Society and the gateway to pages devoted to each of the nine branches and information relevant to the Society as a whole.

2020 Annual General Meeting

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the ANZFSS, was held via Zoom on Thursday 26th November 2020. Draft minutes will be uploaded here shortly.

2020 Allan Hodda Memorial Award recipient announced

Executive are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 Allan Hodda Memorial Award; Matthew Bolton is a firearms examiner based in NSW. Depending on international travel restrictions, Matthew will be travelling to the United States or New Zealand to study the lessons-learned from various aspects of mass-shooting incidents. If international travel is not possible, Matthew will be undertaking the study as a desktop exercise.

Y-talks

ANZFSS members may be interested in a series of 5 talks on the forensic evaluation of Y-profile (and mtDNA) evidence recorded in August 2020 by David Balding (University of Melbourne, Australia) and Mikkel M. Andersen (Aalborg University, Denmark), located at https://mikl.dk/ytalks/. A link can also be found on our External Links page.

 

ANZFSS/IAFS Symposium 2020 – postponed to November 2023

Following the extraordinary circumstances related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and after thorough evaluation of the emergency situation globally, the 22nd Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Science in conjunction with the 25th Symposium of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society originally due to be held in September 2020 was postponed to May 2021.

On 26 August 2020 the IAFS 2020 Organising Committee announced that, owing to further uncertainties about when social and economic life will return to normal in Australia and worldwide, the IAFS meeting won’t be held in May 2021. However, the 23rd Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences in conjunction with the 26th Symposium of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society will be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia from 20 – 24 November 2023.

Further information is available here.