Update on IAFS 2020

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Source: Claude Roux, PhD, IAFS President

Due to the circumstances surrounding coronavirus COVID-19, the 22nd Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Science (IAFS) in conjunction with the 25th Symposium of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society originally due to be held in September 2020 was recently postponed to May 2021.

The COVID-19 situation continues to change rapidly, and most Australian public institutions and venues have significant restrictions in place (pertaining to social distancing and capacities). It is currently not possible to travel to, from, or within Australia for the purposes of an event such as IAFS 2020, and the Australian Government has not indicated a time frame for the relief of restrictions.

The IAFS 2020 Organizing Committee has reluctantly determined that, owing to further uncertainties about when social and economic life will return to normal in Australia and worldwide, we are regrettably not able to host IAFS in Sydney in May 2021. We are delighted, however, to announce the 23rd Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences will be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia, November 20–24, 2023.

We are confident in this decision to further postpone the meeting to protect the health and safety of our speakers, delegates, sponsors, and exhibitors, and look forward to an even bigger and better IAFS 2023 in beautiful Sydney, Australia. We will use the next three years to plan an innovative, engaging, and memorable event that is sure to leave a lasting legacy for many years to come.

We would like to thank all our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, delegates, suppliers, and the Australian Government for their unwavering support.

Travel and Registration
If you have registered for the meeting or are a presenter, sponsor, or exhibitor, we will be in contact to discuss your options with you. For options regarding your flights, please contact your travel provider.

To keep up to date with the latest information on COVID-19, please access the following links:

World Health Organization

Tourism Australia

Smart Traveller

Department of Health

For any queries, please contact the IAFS 2023 Meeting Managers via iafs2023@arinex.com.au. A new website will be launched shortly: www.iafs2023.com.au.

We would like to ask each of you to look after yourself and those around you so we can enjoy your company in Sydney for an even more memorable IAFS Meeting in November 2023.