More than 1,500 forensic scientists from around the globe will descend on Sydney when the city hosts the profession’s 22nd triennial conference.
The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will lead the event, to be held at the new international convention centre in Darling Harbour.
UTS Professor of Forensic Science Claude Roux, who led the Sydney bid, was also announced as the new president of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) at its conference in Toronto, Canada.
The IAFS is a not-for-profit association that connects academics and practising professionals in the forensic community around the world. Professor Roux is only the second Australian since 1987 to hold the office.
He said his presidency and Sydney’s selection as host city represented a major coup for UTS and for forensic science in the Asia-Pacific region.
“This will make our university and our city the centre of gravity for forensic science and medicine for the next three years. This will allow unique collaborations from around the world and grow our capacity to build opportunities for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond,” said Professor Roux.
He said he was humbled to accept the presidency and to be made a life member of “what could be seen as the ultimate academy for my discipline”.
The announcement in Toronto was the culmination of many years of blood, sweat and tears, said Professor Roux – building support for UTS and Sydney, securing backing from all three levels of government, and engaging academic and industry to build momentum towards the bid’s eventual success.
UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Glenn Wightwick was heavily involved in the bid process and travelled with the Sydney contingent to Toronto for the announcement.
“This is a real recognition of Claude’s scientific profile and clearly demonstrates his global leadership in forensic science,” said Professor Wightwick.
“As Director of the UTS Centre for Forensic Science he oversees research that is innovative and practical and has a direct impact on national security, public safety and justice.”