The national and international forensic science landscape and the role of the National Institute of Forensic Science

Invited Speaker: Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde OAM (NIFS)

Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde OAM is the Director of the NIFS at the ANZPAA. Linzi obtained her PhD at the University of Canberra in species identification of Diprotodontia for wildlife crime investigations. Linzi has over 24 years’ experience in forensic science working for Victoria Police, New South Wales Police and the Australian Federal Police. During this time, Linzi has worked on legislative reform, policy development, the investigation of high-profile murder cases, cold case reviews and the highly publicised mass DNA screen in the town of Wee Waa, New South Wales. Linzi coordinated the DNA analysis of all samples involved in the disaster victim identification and criminal investigation of the Bali Bombing in October 2002. Recently Linzi has been involved in the development of forensic specific Australian and international Standards and is the current Chair of ISO TC272 – Forensic Sciences. Linzi is a member of the International Forensic Strategic Alliance and represents them as Vice Chair on the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor Scientific Advisory Board. Linzi has received a Medal in the Order of Australia for her work and was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2014.

Presentation: The national and international forensic science landscape and the role of the National Institute of Forensic Science

The National Institute of Forensic Science Australia (NIFS) has a unique overview of the Australia New Zealand and International landscapes applicable to forensic science. Its cross jurisdictional position facilitates an ability to make connections and see the broader issues, ultimately to drive change. As a key point of contact and facilitator, it takes advantage of the multi-agency resource collective and buying power to deliver results that a single agency could not achieve independently, in a timely manner.

Internationally there is no counterpart to NIFS, but there are other organisations that play key roles in determining the development and future direction of forensic science.

This presentation will provide an overview of the role of NIFS in this national and international forensic science landscape, the major organisations and influencers and what all of those acronyms mean! It will also explore the future direction of forensic science.