The Bryan Found Memorial Symposium Award

Applications for the 2020 Bryan Found Memorial Symposium Award closed on 30 March 2020.

Dr Bryan Found was a true champion of Forensic Science, incredibly passionate for improvement and development of the science. As an internationally respected caseworker, researcher and the inaugural Chief Forensic Scientist of Victoria Police, across a 29-year career, he instigated significant progress in many areas of document examination, pattern evidence and education. His impact in bringing cognitive issues to the fore will be felt for years to come, and his influence on document examination globally has been phenomenal.

Bryan was a long standing member of the Victorian Branch of ANZFSS, a former President, and the Chair of the Organising Committee for the 2008 Melbourne Symposium – arguably the first of the new breed of successful symposia. He was also responsible for the infamous cask wine, now an ANZFSS tradition. He was accepted as a Life Member of the Society just weeks before his sudden death at home on October 23rd 2016. In memory of Bryan’s contribution to the ANZFSS over many years and his dedication as a Forensic Officer, the Found family has established a Memorial Scholarship in his name to enable the recipient to attend an ANZFSS Symposium. The scholarship is awarded to a graduate/post-graduate student who meets the requirements below.


The selection criteria are not limited to, but will include, the following:

  1. The applicant is an enrolled full-time student in a graduate or postgraduate course in a topic related to forensic science. Research or study programs aimed at improving and/or developing forensic science in the areas of validity, cognitive factors and education will be prioritised, but any student in any area of forensic science may apply.
  2. The successful applicant will be required to provide an article for the ANZFSS newsletter summarising their experiences at the Symposium.
  3. The applicant may be required to make a presentation to the Symposium either on the benefits of the award or their research.

The Award will consist of $2500 to be used to fund the successful applicant’s attendance at the ANZFSS Symposium in the year of awarding.

If no suitable application is received the Award may not be presented, or may be otherwise distributed at the discretion of the family.

Inaugural recipient, 2018: Bethany Growns