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.
|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.
|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.
| 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.
|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.