A Word From Your 2017 Program Co-Chair – July 2016

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Source: Christine Funk, JD, 2017 Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair

Would you look at the time! August 1 is just around the corner. Please take a moment to reflect on past meetings and how much you enjoyed the workshops, breakfasts, luncheon seminars, and the Plenary Session. Now, please take a moment to recall those conversations you had with colleagues toward the end of the last meeting you attended, with ideas for workshops, breakfasts, or luncheons for the next meeting.

It’s not too late to submit your proposals for the 2017 annual meeting. President John Gerns has selected the theme, Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science. This is an opportunity to review the evolution of forensic science methods of the past and to celebrate the progress forensic science has made over the years.

A few friendly reminders as you begin preparing your submission. Please include a minimum of two active presenters in your Special Session (workshop, breakfast, or luncheon seminar) submission. Having two presenters is essential to programmatic success, as it minimizes the chances of a planned program session being canceled due to last-minute obligations or unforeseen circumstances a presenter may face. After taking the time to put together a comprehensive program that will be of use to our members, we want to be sure that even if one author is unavailable, the show can go on! Additionally, please bear in mind that August 1 is a firm deadline. There are no extensions granted for late programming submissions.

You may find it helpful to review the online abstract form before the deadline, so you are equipped with all the required information. Workshops in particular require a great deal of information, in addition to the actual abstract proposal. Abstracts must be between 400 and 700 words. Please note that your abstract will be included in the Proceedings of the AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting. These Proceedings are available on the AAFS website for review by the general public. Consequently, accuracy in your synopsis of your research and findings or case study is essential.

Program Chair Julie Howe and I look forward to working with AAFS Staff and the other program committee members to build an interesting and educational program for our 2017 annual meeting in New Orleans. Please consider being a part of this program by submitting an abstract. We look forward to seeing you in February.