Upcoming Conferences

ANZFSS - 22st International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences
'Adelaide TWENTY14: Detect/Decipher/Deliver - The Future of Evidence'
31 August - 04 September 2014
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Conference: Asia Pacific Coroners Conference 11-14 November 2014
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NSW Plenary Dates for 2014

19 February 2014
21 May 2014
20 August 2014
19 November 2014

Next NSW Plenary Lecture

Date: 21 May 2014
Speakers: Dr Maria Nittis
Topic: Domestic Violence in Western Sydney: Ruin or Redemption
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VIC Plenary Dates for 2013

26 February 2013
28 May 2013
27 August 2013
26 November 2013


New silk ties will be on sale to Academy Members at Plenary Meetings for $25 (cash or cheque on the day)
Welcome to the offical website of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences, a learned body dedicated to the advancement of the forensic sciences. Founded in 1967 by the late Oscar Schmalzback the Academy is unique in bringing together persons of professional standing from the legal, medical and scientific professions whom have contributed to the advancement or practice of forensic science. Membership is by invitation, however we encourage professional persons with an interest in becoming a member to make contact if they do not personally know a member through which we may facilitate consideration of membership. The Academy currently holds four meetings a year in Sydney and meetings are also held in Melbourne and Canberra. The Academy also promotes research and publishes the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences.
Prof James Robertson AM PSM BSc PhD FAIM - President

Next NSW Meeting:

Date: 6 pm Wednesday 20 August2014

Venue:The Union University & Schools Club, 25 Bent Street (Cnr Phillip), Sydney


Speaker Barbara Etter APM

How does a 30 year police veteran and former Assistant Commissioner of Police (in WA) become a determined corruption fighter and a crusader for those wrongfully convicted of serious crimes? Our guest speaker Barbara Etter APM will outline her first-hand exposure to a miscarriage of justice case in WA where Andrew Mallard spent 12 years in gaol for a murder he did not commit. She will also discuss a 2009 murder case in Tasmania that she is currently involved in and which she firmly believes is a miscarriage of justice and will refer to the difficulties encountered in getting such a matter back before the courts. Barbara will also consider the ways in which flawed forensic science and expert evidence have contributed to a number of Miscarriages of Justice in Australia. Barbara is the Principal of BEtter Consulting, a boutique legal practice based in Hobart which specialises in post-conviction reviews, coronial matters and possible Miscarriage of Justice cases. She was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) in 2008.

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