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Australia - Forensics spotlight on Tassie
« on: September 24, 2012, 05:57:59 am »
More than 800 forensics experts from around the world converged on Hobart this morning for a week-long conference guaranteed to make CSI tactics look old school.

In a major coup for Tasmania, the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society chose Hobart to host this year's symposium of the forensic sciences at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

The symposium is one of the largest forensic meetings of its type in the world.

Debbie McHoul, from Forensic Science Service Tasmania, said the symposium allowed scientists, lawyers, forensic practitioners, academics, police and students to discuss topical issues with the leaders in their chosen fields.

And non-experts are also welcome -- anyone can register and attend sessions throughout the week.

Governor Peter Underwood -- the former chief justice -- opened the conference this morning.

The biennial symposium was last held in Tasmania in 1992.

"There were in the order of 170 delegates then, whereas this year there are more than 800 from over 20 countries," Mr Underwood said.

He said the justice system and the courts were increasingly reliant on expert opinion evidence and urged delegates to master the art of explaining their work to the non-scientist.

"I respectfully suggest that developing the expertise to communicate your science to those not versed in it, such as judges and juries, is just as important to a forensic scientist as is knowledge or science itself," he said.

"How an iPad can assist a cause of death investigation" and "Modified guns and misleading wounds" are just a couple of the intriguingly titled topics to be covered this afternoon.

Source: The Mercury
"Bringing Forensics Together"