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 MAFS 2018  Fall Meeting Homepage

Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists, Inc.

“A Professional, Scientific and Educational Organization”



MAFS 47th Annual Fall Meeting

September 16 through September 21, 2018

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Union Station

Indianapolis, Indiana




Thank you to all who attended the 2018 meeting! 

A summary of the meeting schedule (listing contact hours) and scientific sessions agenda have been prepared for American Board of Criminalistics re-certification points.

MAFS 2018 Meeting Schedule for ABC Recert

MAFS 2018 Scientific Sessions Agenda for ABC Recert

Meeting Registration Fees





Through August 28, 2018




After August 28, 2018





Meeting Registration Fees include plenary session, business meeting, scientific papers session and covered meals

on Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21, 2018.



Workshop Registration Fees

Full Day Workshops


Half Day Workshops



Workshops will be held Monday, September 17 – Wednesday, September 19.

Lunch is included on each day you register for one full day workshop or two half day workshops.




Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

Download the Exhibitor and Sponsor Information Packets from the Fall Meeting Planning Page at: www.mafs.net/2018-fall-meeting-exhibitor-and-sponsor-info



Hosted by the Indiana State Police Laboratory


John Chester, Program Chair



Kathy Boone, Local Arrangements Chair



Brandy Cline, Exhibit Coordinator


Sarah Meisinger, Registration Coordinator



Meeting Schedule




Sept 16


Sept 17


Sept 18


Sept 19


Sept 20


Sept 21


Board Meeting




Plenary Session

 Business Meeting

Breakout Sessions


Board Meeting




Breakout Sessions


Safe Travels!



Evening Activities

Evening Activities

Student Forum

 ABC Exam


Wine and Cheese Reception




Workshops:  Abstracts for the fall workshops are included in the following pages.  Attendance at workshops requires extra fees in addition to the meeting registration.  The spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  Check the meeting page on the MAFS website for the most up-to-date information!


Evening Activities:  Check the meeting page on the MAFS website for updates on organized evening activities.


ABC Exam:  The ABC Examination will be offered on Wednesday evening.  More information about the exam as well as application and information can be found on ABC’s website: www.criminalistics.com.


Student Forum:  This will consist of a panel of Forensic Scientists from different disciplines that will be available to answer your questions about working in the field.


Wine and Cheese Reception:  This reception, open to all meeting attendees, is a chance for networking between attendees and exhibitors while enjoying drinks and appetizers.


Poster Presentations:  Posters presenting various research topics will be on display Wednesday evening and all day Thursday.  Check the “Call for Papers and Posters” in the following pages for information on presenting a poster.


Plenary Session:  Open to everyone registered for the meeting, this session gives attendees the chance to listen to science professionals speak about topics in our field.  Information on this year’s session can be found in the following pages.


MAFS Business Meeting Luncheon:  Lunch is provided to all meeting attendees while the MAFS Board reviews important business information about the organization.


Breakout Sessions:  Forensic scientists will present interesting cases, research and more during sessions on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.  These sessions will be divided up by section.  Check the “Call for Papers and Posters” in the following pages for information on presenting a paper.


Gala Event:  Open to all meeting attendees, the gala is a night of food, drink and fun for all to enjoy.  Many attendees dress up in costumes based on the theme – so start planning your “Forensic Fall Festival” costume now!


Additional Links: 

Location, Accommodations, and Transport Info

Workshop Abstracts and Presenter Info

Exploring Indianapolis Info

2018 Meeting Call for Papers Form

Original Announcement Link

More info to come soon!









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