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ANZFSS Executive will contact applicants in the coming weeks with the outcome, and local Branch awards will be assessed shortly after this.33
ANZFSS have introduced a Professional Member category to provide a strong, independent and informed professional voice for forensic science and forensic science practitioners. Many of you have been eagerly awaiting the finalisation of the structure around this, and ANZFSS Council is pleased to now open applications for Professional Members.
There are two main benefits to professional membership:
Further information about professional membership entitlements, continuing professional development requirements, the application process and online form can be found here (note: only current General or Life members can access the application form).
In order to initially establish the Professional Member category, an invitation period will apply. The applicant must meet the criteria for professional membership specified here, however, until a body of Professional Members has been established, the requirement that at least one of the two referees is a Professional Member will be waived. This requirement may instead be met by having at least one of the two referees who is a General Member of at least five years’ standing, or a Life Member. We anticipate that this waiver will need to be in effect for at least one year.
Additionally, for successful Professional Member applications received prior to 1 October 2019, the General Member subscription fee for 2019 – 2020 will be reimbursed once payment for the Professional Member has been received.
Following the successful Perth Symposium, the next biennial ANZFSS Symposium will be held in Sydney in 2020. This will be a joint meeting with the triennial International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS). The joint meeting in 2020 (21 – 25 September) will have a very familiar feel to the scientific sessions but with extended discipline streams to include the medical aspects that are integral to an IAFS conference. Further information is available here.