Awards and Scholarships

Best Oral Presentation and Best Digital Poster Presentation

Authors accepted into the scientific program will have the opportunity to receive a Best Oral Presentation and/or Best Digital Poster Presentation award that is available for each Discipline (one of each award per Discipline).

Awardees will be selected based on the quality of the underlying research (or case study), the quality of the presentation, relevance to the meeting, and the overall contribution to the Discipline.

The awards will be announced and presented during the Gala Dinner.

Ian Riebeling Memorial Medal

This award was established in honour of the late Ian Riebeling, a forensic document examiner with Forensic Science SA in Adelaide. Ian passed away suddenly in February of 2001 and was an active member of the Society. He had held the position of President of the South Australian Branch of the ANZFSS and many other positions in the preceding years.

The medal is awarded every two years, to the best new practitioner (general ANZFSS member) who presents either a paper or poster at the ANZFSS International Symposium. The Ian Riebeling Memorial Medalist is selected from the pool of oral and poster presenters who are within their first five years, or part-time equivalent, of their employment as a forensic practitioner. Presenters need to have declared this at the time of their registration.

In addition to the medal, a monetary prize of A$1,500.00 is awarded by Ian’s family so the winner can advance their professional skills by attending the following ANZFSS Symposium, or an equivalent conference.

The assessment criteria are not limited to but will include the following:

Quality of the presentation
Content of the presentation

The Meeting Organising Committee will nominate a selection panel to assess presentations by eligible members, which will be chaired by the Scientific Program Chair, and may include Discipline Chairs.

The Bryan Found Memorial Symposium Award

Applications for the 2020 Bryan Found Memorial Symposium Award are now open, and will close on 30 March 2020. Completed application forms should be emailed to

Dr Bryan Found was a true champion of Forensic Science, incredibly passionate for improvement and development of the science. As an internationally respected caseworker, researcher and the inaugural Chief Forensic Scientist of Victoria Police, across a 29-year career, he instigated significant progress in many areas of document examination, pattern evidence and education. His impact in bringing cognitive issues to the fore will be felt for years to come, and his influence on document examination globally has been phenomenal.

Bryan was a long standing member of the Victorian Branch of ANZFSS, a former President, and the Chair of the Organising Committee for the 2008 Melbourne Symposium – arguably the first of the new breed of successful symposia. He was also responsible for the infamous cask wine, now an ANZFSS tradition. He was accepted as a Life Member of the Society just weeks before his sudden death at home on October 23rd 2016. In memory of Bryan’s contribution to the ANZFSS over many years and his dedication as a Forensic Officer, the Found family has established a Memorial Scholarship in his name to enable the recipient to attend an ANZFSS Symposium. The scholarship is awarded to a graduate/post-graduate student who meets the requirements below.

The selection criteria are not limited to, but will include, the following:

The applicant is an enrolled full-time student in a graduate or postgraduate course in a topic related to forensic science. Research or study programs aimed at improving and/or developing forensic science in the areas of validity, cognitive factors and education will be prioritised, but any student in any area of forensic science may apply.

The successful applicant will be required to provide an article for the ANZFSS newsletter summarising their experiences at the Symposium.
The applicant may be required to make a presentation to the Symposium either on the benefits of the award or their research.

The Award will consist of $2500 to be used to fund the successful applicant’s attendance at the ANZFSS Symposium in the year of awarding.

If no suitable application is received the Award may not be presented, or may be otherwise distributed at the discretion of the family.

The Adelaide Medal

Nomination of candidates for the Adelaide Medal will be initiated by the IAFS President in-office, at the request of the Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (South Australian Branch) 12 months prior to the date of the IAFS meeting at which the Medal will be awarded.

The following organisations are each invited to recommend a candidate for the Medal together with a summary of their candidates’ achievements (see submission guidelines below):

  • Organising Committee of the IAFS Meeting
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society
  • European Network of Forensic Science Institutes
  • Forensic Science Society of the United Kingdom
  • Mediterranean Academy of Forensic Sciences

The nominations will be passed to the Council of IAFS for forwarding to the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society no later than 6 months prior to the IAFS meeting. After reviewing the submissions, the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society will prepare a list of four names, with one being the suggested recipient of the medal for consideration by the South Australian Branch. This consideration will take place at least 5 months prior to the IAFS meeting. Once the winner of the Medal has been finalised, the medal will be engraved, and forwarded to the Organising Committee for presentation at the IAFS Meeting. The recipient will be notified no later than 4 months prior to the IAFS meeting. To raise the awareness and prestige of the Adelaide Medal, the winner will be invited to give a plenary lecture on the occasion when he or she receives the medal.

Submission Guidelines

The following information should form the summary of each candidate’s achievements and may be provided in prose or dot points:

  • Brief biography including background, qualifications and current position (up to 500 words)
  • Specific contribution to the advancement of the forensic sciences, outlining work as a practitioner and the outstanding nature of the contribution (up to 750 words)
  • Awards and prizes
  • Publications
    • Total number of peer-reviewed publications (e.g. journal articles, book chapters, books)
    • A selection of up to 10 with a 50-word explanation of the importance of the selected published work
  • Major research projects/grants/patents
    • Total number of these
    • A selection of up to 10 with a 50-word explanation of the importance of each
Human Rights Humanitarian Award


The Douglas M. Lucas. Medal

This award may be presented to an individual to commemorate his / her significant professional contributions to forensic science / forensic medicine.

The nominee should be a person who has distinguished himself / herself in the forensic sciences and who has
• A record of meritorious service to the forensic science community and to professional peer group organisations
• Made significant contributions to forensic science research and has learned publications, been active in the educational fields, and has demonstrated outstanding leadership and management capability, nationally or internationally
• Made outstanding contributions in the national or international aspects of public health, welfare, and safety as these relate to the forensic sciences

The Lucas Medal shall consist of a 14k medal, which reflects the stature of this honour. The award shall, in additional, provide reimbursement for
1- Complimentary IAFS meeting registration
2- Economy Airfare
3- $75 /day per diem
4- Single rate hotel lodging for the duration of the IAFS meeting.

The awardee is expected to make a presentation, the optic to be at the discretion of the recipient, to be known as the Lucas Lecture. The award recipient is encouraged to submit a written paper of the lecture for consideration by the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

Any member of the AAFS or a member of the Awards Committee may submit nominations to the Awards Committee. All nominations shall be in writing and may be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Awards Committee.

The deadline for submitting recommendations for nominations to be considered by the Board of Directors is six (6) months prior to the IAFS Triennial Meeting.

The Board of Directors approves or disapproves of the Awards Committee recommendation(s).

Emerging Leader Scholarship

For Scientists from emerging nations, there is an exciting opportunity to receive a complimentary registration along with potential travel assistance for flights and accommodation.

This program is open to all undergraduate students, PhD students and researchers in their early stage of career (up to 5 years post award of PhD) by the Meeting dates. Applicants must first submit an abstract and then submit their application through the submission form and have at least one accepted abstract into the IAFS 2020 Program. To check if your country is eligible please visit

How to submit

  • Create an account or login to our submission portal
  • Applications for Emerging Leader Scholarship will not be considered without an approved abstract submitted for IAFS 2020
  • Once you have submitted an abstract and are still logged in as an author, go to ‘Home’ and select the button ‘Submit Emerging Leader Scholarship Application’
  • Complete the application which includes attaching your letter of support

Successful applicants will receive the following

  • Sponsored registration to attend IAFS 2020 from 21 – 25 September 2020, including the Welcome Reception. 

Terms and Conditions

The scholarship is provided on the basis of a delegate submitting the following: 

  • An abstract for an oral presentation that is accepted in to the Meeting Program
  • A support letter from a supervisor/manager

IAFS and Arinex will not provide the following:

  • Visa fees (if required)
  • Per diems
  • Travel insurance (note it is strongly recommended that all applicants arrange travel insurance)
The FSF International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship

The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship: Offered Through the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF)

PURPOSE: The IAFS is an international association focused on bringing together academics, managers, researchers, and scientists from around the world to discuss and debate issues focal to the forensic science disciplines. The IAFS proclaims its goals and objectives to be: “to develop forensic sciences; to assist forensic scientists and others to exchange scientific and technical information; and to organize triennial meetings.” The FSF is interested in providing an opportunity for an AAFS member to experience this educational venture.

Therefore, the FSF is offering a scholarship to help defray the expenses involved in attending the 22nd Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences to be held in Sydney, Australia, from September 21–25, 2020.

CRITERIA TO ENTER: If you have been a member of the AAFS for fewer than ten years (includes Associate Members, Members, and Fellows) and have never attended an IAFS meeting, then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. In order to be considered, you must submit to the IAFS, and have accepted, a podium presentation for the 2020 IAFS meeting.

Within five days of receiving the IAFS acceptance notice, the following items should be sent to Lucy Davis (, Chair of the IAFS Scholarship Committee: (1) a copy of your abstract; (2) a copy of the acceptance letter from IAFS; and (3) a copy of your up-to-date curriculum vitae.

SELECTION PROCESS: A committee composed of four FSF Trustees and two AAFS section members will review the submissions. Abstracts will be judged on their technical merit, innovation, and impact to the community.

AWARD: The winner will receive up to $5,000 to cover the costs of airfare, registration, housing, and per diem of $75 for five nights while in attendance at the meeting.

IMPORTANT DATES: The IAFS deadline for abstract submission is January 31, 2020. The IAFS program will make notification to the submitter by April 10. Once acceptance is received, send the requirements (1–3, noted above under “Criteria to Enter”) to Lucy Davis ( The winner notification date is dependent on the static nature of the current IAFS timeline.

For more information on the abstract submission process, go to For more information on the scholarship, please contact Ronald Singer at