Please find attached the first edition of the BAFA Newsletter for 2023. There’s quite a bit to catch you up on and lots of exciting things happening in the year ahead.
For those of you who have not yet had chance to read the BAFA newsletter, please find attached an invite to apply for two vacant positions on the BAFA committee. Members who are working within a commercial forensic environment, or who are working in Higher Education and have a track record and keen interest in applied research, are encouraged to apply!
All the details that you need to apply are provided in the attached flyer, but if any of you have any additional queries, please contact either Dr Julie Roberts, or BAFA secretary Dr Rachael Carew.
Please note that you must be a BAFA Member to be eligible to apply.
For our upcoming Spring conference on Saturday 29th April in Coventry, we invite students to present their forensic anthropology research either as posters or in 3 or 15 minute presentations with Q&A and prizes awarded! The deadline is 31/03/23. A great opportunity to present your work!
Forensic Archaeology, Anthropology and Ecology is a journal that specialises in the inter-relationship between forensic anthropology, forensic archaeology and environmental forensic science in terms of research and forensic practice
Nicholas Marquez-Grant, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
Aida Gutierrez Galiacho, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
The journal covers all aspects of anthropology applied to medico-legal or humanitarian investigations, the application of archaeological methods and theory to forensic practice and how environmental or ecological evidence such as pollen, botany and soils has been used in the search and identification of human remains, as well as bringing perpetrators to justice when applicable.
A wide range of subject areas are welcomed, including geophysical methods, post-mortem interval, trauma and pathology, heritage crime, taphonomy, environmental scene sampling, entomology, mass grave investigations amongst others, and case studies ranging from WWI onwards.
FAAE publishes specially commissioned review papers, which aim to give an overview of a particular subject or issue; research papers which report new methods or techniques, as well as case studies which are short accounts of forensic or humanitarian cases where anthropological, archaeological and/or environmental methods have played a critical or new role.
For journal details, published issues and guidance for submitting an article, please follow this link: https://journal.equinoxpub.com/FAAE/
Gary Pugh OBE, Forensic Science Regulator, outlines the importance of accreditation in delivering those statutory powers and underpinning the quality of evidence within the UK Criminal Justice System.
Please find below two anthropological standards that are up for public commentary. Comments can be made by anyone; students, professionals and interested parties. The deadline for comment is February 13, 2023. These documents are being recirculated; this means they have already been through multiple rounds of comments. Comments on a re-circulation will only be accepted on revised sections of a document (i.e., the redline sections).
Click here to The BAFA Steering Committee wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous New Year! Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you in the years to come. Happy holidays!.
Don't miss this year's #Christmas lectures from the Royal Institution! Dame Sue Black will share fascinating secrets of the real-life scientific detective process she uses to identify both the dead & the living. The lectures are broadcast on 26, 27 & 28 December, 8pm, on BBC Four & iPlayer. #XmasLectures
This five-day Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Applied Science and Practice course is designed to provide theory and practical skills for DVI Specialist investigations.
The course is offered by Alecto Forensics/Forensic Access Group
Instructors: Dr Julie Roberts/Howard Way OBE
The aims of the course are to provide:
1. An awareness of the processes involved in Disaster Victim Identification
2. Practical experience of recovering remains from a mass disaster scene, examining remains in the mortuary, and completing the Interpol DVI forms
3. Instruction on best practice for recording, recovering and identifying fragmented, commingled and burnt remains from mass fatality incidents
4. Advice on selection and collection of DNA samples from highly disrupted and burnt remains
See the attached course flyer for more information.
Chair and committee member vacancies for the Age Estimation Science Advisory Committee (AESAC)
We are pleased to announce the advert for the full Age Estimation Science Advisory Committee (AESAC) committee is now live.
The role of the AESAC is to support the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) in providing independent scientific advice to the Home Office on the assessment of chronological age in the living, advising on both existing and emerging technologies that may be of value for age assessment in the future.
We would love for you all to apply, and would be most grateful if you could share the link with any colleagues or contacts that you think would be interested in applying.
Please see the link below for more information:
Age Estimation Science Advisory Committee - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The closing date for applications is 11pm Monday 13 June 2022
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