Symposium Discipline Awards

At the ANZFSS International Symposia, awards are made in recognition of the best oral presentation and poster in each of the Symposium discipline streams.  Awards have also been made in past years for the best overall oral and poster presentations. The awards winners for the 2018 Symposium in Perth are:

Best Oral Presentations
Anthropology, Archaeology & Odontology Daniel Franklin Population specificity in the estimation of skeletal age and sex: case studies using a Western Australian population
Biological Criminalistics Duncan Taylor Using artificial neural networks to read electropherograms
CBRN & Counter Terrorism Matthijs Zuidberg Generic Integrated Forensic Toolbox (GIFT): An European initiative to develop a forensic response to CBRN incidents
Chemical Criminalistics Mickayla Dustin Further persistence studies of PDMS condom lubricants
Crime Scene Investigation Ashley Williams Operation Shenzi – International organised crime.  Another layer of complexity for the forensic examiner.
Document Examination Georgina Sauzier FTIR spectroscopy with chemometrics as a rapid screening tool for plastic card examinations
Education & Training Tonya Trubshoe UNODC forensic science programme – security documents examination
Electronic & Digital Evidence Domenic Raneri Reconstructing the Sydney Lindt Café siege
Fingerprint Examination & Biometrics Katherine Nicol & Matt Fischer Implementing blind verification for fingerprint identification evidence
Firearms & Tool Marks Thomas Liebscher Wound ballistic simulation of a headshot with .223 REM
Fires & Explosions Natasha Benson Validation of a novel detector for microfluidic paper-based analytical devices with Nitro-Aromatic explosives using fluorescent quenching
Illicit Drugs & Clandestine Laboratories Glen Jackson On the mass spectrometric identification of cathinones
Management & Quality Assurance Matthew Thompson Creating the next generation of perceptual experts in Australia’s policing and security agencies
Pathology & Clinical Medicine Claire Sully Investigation into the potential for post-mortem formation of carboxyhaemoglobin in bodies retrieved from fires
Science, Justice & Legal Issues Bethany Growns As unique as a snowflake: examining the importance of rare features in match-making decisions
Toxicology & Pharmacology Xue Qin Ng Qualitative analysis of synthetic opioids, synthetic hallucinogens and LSD in urine using LC-MS/MS
Wildlife & Forensic Taphonomy James Wallman Context effects in forensic entomology and use of sequential unmasking in casework
Best Posters
Anthropology, Archaeology & Odontology Callan Birkmann-Little Assessment of ancestry in the Australasian region utilising the postcranial skeleton
Biological Criminalistics Denice Higgins A customisable nuclear SNP panel for forensic intelligence and human identification
CBRN & Counter Terrorism Samantha Lee Exploring the potential implementation of a national nuclear forensics library through participation in Galaxy Serpent Version 3 virtual tabletop exercise
Chemical Criminalistics Brenda Woods Forensic soil examination – The AFP perspective
Crime Scene Investigation Edmund Silenieks The diagnostic value of microscopic characteristics used to discriminate between spatter and small transfer bloodstains on fabrics
Document Examination Thekla Ganiaris Whose line is it anyway? The examination of line morphology for traditional and non-traditional writing implements
Education & Training Robert Morgan An introductory guide to evaluative reporting
Fingerprint Examination & Biometrics Izabela Olszowska The use of composite particles, emitting long-lasting luminescence, for latent fingermark detection
Firearms & Tool Marks Erwin Mattijssen Bullet trajectory reconstruction – methods, accuracy and precision
Fires & Explosions Vitor Taranto The Analysis of Organic Explosives in Vapour Samples Using a Lab-on-a-chip Instrument
Illicit Drugs & Clandestine Laboratories Nicole Cattarossi Comparison of authentic and synthetic training aids for drug-detection dogs – Cocaine, Heroin and Marijuana
Management & Quality Assurance Linzi Wilson-Wilde Error rates in proficiency testing in Australia
Pathology & Clinical Medicine Calvin Mole Trends in manner and cause of death over a 10 year period (2007-2016) at a regional forensic pathology facility, Cape Town, South Africa
Science, Justice & Legal Issues Kaye Ballantyne Transitioning to evaluative reporting – lessons being learnt by the Australian and New Zealand document examination community
Toxicology & Pharmacology David Brown Avoiding headspace – A reliable analysis of alcohol in whole blood by direct injection
Wildlife & Forensic Taphonomy Maiken Ueland The use of human lipid biomarkers for postmortem interval estimation


Awards made at previous Symposia are available here: