Forensic science in the time of COVID-19: continuing education and conferences
Some have chosen to gamble, rescheduling their annual meetings just a few months later. For example, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists will meet November 10-13 in Newport News, Va. But others have chosen to play it safe and cancel their symposiums until next year. This includes the International Association of Forensic Sciences triennial meeting, which will hold off until May 17-21, 2021, to meet in Sydney, Australia.
Other organizations have opted to move conferences and symposiums entirely online for 2020. This permits registrants to watch presentations and workshops virtually from the comfort of any location with an internet connection. You can participate in online events put on by regional organizations, such as the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists’ Annual Meeting (October 14-17) and the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists’ Annual Conference (October 5-8). Additionally, Promega’s heralded International Symposium on Human Identification has gone completely virtual this year (September 14-15). InnoGenomics will have a booth at ISHI, so be sure to check in!
The National Forensic Science Technology Center, for example, runs training and consulting services from its base at Florida International University. And while much of their coursework can be accessed online, they are also providing in-person training sessions that include social distancing. This allows for a more hands-on approach that is critical for certain aspects of forensic training.
Training webinars have also been made available at a multitude of institutions, including the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, Tritech Forensics, and the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law.