The following awards will be presented at IAFS 2017:
|THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORENSIC SCIENCES ADELAIDE MEDAL
The Adelaide Medal was first awarded at the 12th Meeting of IAFS in 1990 in Adelaide, Australia. The award was instigated by Dr. Bill Tilstone, the then-IAFS President, and the South Australian Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.
The medal is awarded for significant scientific achievement that advances forensic sciences from an international perspective. It recognizes work that resulted in a change of direction, new thinking or significant improvement in current methodologies in forensic sciences.
Nominations by international forensic organizations are submitted to the South Australian Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society with the winner being selected by the IAFS Council. The winner receives an engraved medal and gives a plenary lecture at IAFS.
Professor Cristina Cattaneo, University of Milan, Italy
Winner of the 2017 IAFS Adelaide Medal
Professor Cristina Cattaneo is a forensic pathologist and anthropologist at the University of Milano, Italy. She is Professor of Legal Medicine at the Università degli Studi di Milano, where she runs the Laboratorio di Antropologia e Odontologia Forense – LABANOF. She is author and co-author of books and scientific articles on forensic anthropology, forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine, and acts as an expert for courts in Italy and Europe. In Milan, she coordinates medicolegal services for child abuse, sexual violence, victims of torture and unaccompanied minors. She is President of Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (FASE), a subsection of International Academy of Legal Medicine (IALM) and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Forensic Science International.
Since 2007, Professor Cattaneo has worked with the Italian Government to create a national database for unidentified human remains. Since 2014, she has been the forensic coordinator for Italy’s High Commissioner for Missing Persons on unidentified deceased migrants.
|THE IAFS 2017 G. RAYMOND CHANG AWARD
The G. Raymond Chang Award at IAFS 2017 will be given to a delegate from a low or middle income country whose abstract, selected for an oral presentation, best demonstrates the spirit of IAFS 2017, humanitarian forensic science in the support of human rights and justice. The recipient will give a special lecture, The G. Raymond Chang Lecture, on his or her work, and will have all travel related expenses paid by IAFS 2017.
The G. Raymond Chang Award is named for the late Toronto-based businessman and philanthropist who had a passion for adult education and was dedicated to improving opportunities where most needed. Born in Jamaica, Mr. Chang was a proud and active member of the Caribbean-Canadian community. He was appointed to the Order of Jamaica in 2011 and as an officer of the Order of Canada in 2014.
Raymond Chang understood the relevance of forensics as a truth-seeking tool for justice. Through his foundation, the G. Raymond Chang Forensic Pathology Fellowship was established at the University of Toronto’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology in 2015. This is the first fund in the world that enables young physicians from the developing world to train and ultimately strengthen forensic capacity in their own countries. The Fellowship is a legacy that lives on through the dedication of his children, Andrew Chang and Brigette Chang-Addorisio.
Professor Emad Mousa H. Al-Abdallat, University of Jordan, Jordan
Winner of the IAFS 2017 G. Raymond Chang Award
Dr. Al-Abdallat is Professor of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Forensic Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jordan, as well as Deputy Medical Director and Chief of the Forensic Department at Jordan University Hospital. He is involved in the Jordan Society of Forensic Science, the Jordanian Medical Council and the Jordanian National Commission for Education, Culture and Science. His work focusses on the role of forensic medicine in evaluating non-fatal violence against women by their husbands in Jordan.
|THE IAFS HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD
The IAFS Human Rights Award was first given at the 19th Triennial Meeting of the IAFS, held in Madeira, Portugal in 2011. This award may be given to an organization or an individual to recognize humanitarian work of a forensic nature.
Professor Jørgen Thomsen, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Denmark
Winner of the IAFS Human Rights Award
Prof. Thomsen has had a long and distinguished career in Denmark as its leading forensic pathologist. In the early years, he worked with Amnesty International and essentially defined how forensic pathology could help support human rights in fragile states. Prof. Thomsen has published important contributions in this domain, most recently on the issue of chemical weapons in the Gaza Strip.Prof. Thomsen has also made significant contributions to the global forensic community as part of the Forensic Advisory Board of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has also worked on the clinical forensic medicine aspects of asylum seekers in Europe.
| THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FORENSIC SCIENCES DOUGLAS M. LUCAS MEDAL
The Douglas M. Lucas Medal, established in 1999, is presented by the AAFS at each IAFS meeting to a person who has made internationally recognised contributions to forensic science.
The 2017 recipient of the Lucas Medal will be Dr. Douglas H. Ubelaker. Dr. Ubelaker will be presented with a gold medallion by AAFS President Betty Layne DesPortes, and will deliver the Lucas Lecture during IAFS 2017.
Dr. Douglas H. UBELAKER, Smithsonian Institution, USA
Winner of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 2017 Douglas M. Lucas Medal
Dr. Ubelaker is a curator and senior scientist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Since 1978, he has served as a consultant and expert witness in forensic anthropology. He is a Professorial Lecturer with the Departments of Anatomy and Anthropology at The George Washington University, Washington D.C. and an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Ubelaker is a past President of the AAFS and was named Distinguished Fellow in 2016. He has received numerous international honors from many countries including the Czech Republic, the United States, Uruguay, Italy and Argentina.
|THE CANADIAN SOCIETY OF FORENSIC SCIENCE H. WARD SMITH AWARD
The H. Ward Smith Award is available to IAFS 2017 conference delegates who are members of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science. The award recognizes Dr. Ward Smith’s contribution to forensic science in Canada, as the first Director of the Centre of Forensic Sciences, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The H. Ward Smith Fund was established in his memory to provide travel assistance to members of the CSFS to attend IAFS meetings.
More than one awardee may be chosen from abstracts submitted to the CSFS Awards Committee to receive an H. Ward Smith Award and the opportunity to present at IAFS 2017.
Caroline MIREAULT, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Canada
Winner of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science H. Ward Smith Award
Caroline Mireault graduated with honors in 2015 from the first cohort of the new bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a forensic profile at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. She then pursued her master’s degree in chemistry with a project on the analysis of polymers in security documents. She published works on the chemical profiling of false identity documents and on the illicit drug market on the Darknet. She is interested in different fields of forensic science and she aims to better understand different kinds of forensic traces to develop tools to provide forensic intelligence.