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Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists  2022 Annual Meeting - Des Moines, IA

Dates: September 11-16th, 2022

Hosted by the Iowa DCI Crime Laboratory

Paul Hermsen ( and Kelsey Rusbarsky (

Local Workshop Coordinator
Kelsey Rusbarsky (

Registration for the 2022 Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Fall Meeting is now live via the CVENT platform. 

Click here for meeting details or to register!

Note: Early-bird registration ends August 22nd.  Meeting & workshop prices increase after August 22nd.

Meeting Registration Fees*

  Member  Non-Member  Student/Emeritus 
Through August 22nd, 2022     $240   $300   $125
After August 22nd, 2022    $265   $325   $150

The meeting registration fees include attendance and meals at the following events to be held Thursday, September 15th and Friday September 16th, 2022:

Wine and Cheese Reception, Plenary Session, Business Meetings, Scientific sessions, and  the Gala.

*These fees do not include workshops (see below).

Workshop Registration Fees

  Member  Non-member 
 Half-Day Workshops    $125   $150
 Full -Day Workshops  $250   $300

Workshops will be held Monday, September 12th – Wednesday, September 14th, 2022.

Registration for a full‐day or two half‐day workshops on the same day includes lunch.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information

Exhibitor Information Sheet

Exhibitor Agreement

Meeting Location and Accommodations

Des Moines Marriott Downtown located at 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309.

Room Rate:

Prevailing Government Rate is $108.00*/night + tax (current total tax rate is 12% but is subject to change)

* current government rate, subject to change

Rate guaranteed until Wednesday, August 24th, 2022 or until the hotel block is full, whichever comes first.


CLICK HERE to book the MAFS group rate at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown

 (may not work on some mobile devices)

MAFS 2022 T-shirt Fundraiser:

The final T-shirt shop is now open. MAFS has partnered with Broken Arrow T-Shirt Printing & Embroidery to design apparel for this year’s conference that will also double as our 2022 fundraiser. The final online store will be open for 2 weeks for you to pre-purchase apparel displaying this year’s logo. A portion of each item purchased will then be donated to a local charity - Urban Bicycle Food Ministry of Des Moines.  Check out UBFM at!

Shirts can be picked up on site, but will not be available for purchase on site, so please purchase while the link is open.

The 2 week order window is from now to August 29th.

CLICK HERE for the link to MAFS 2022 T-shirt Fundraiser Store

Event Summary:

Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Annual Meeting

Start Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022

End Date: Friday, September 16, 2022

Last Day to Book: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Book your group rate for the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for 108 USD per night

for Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists Annual Meeting


Valet Daily: $26

Off-Site Parking Daily: $10 located at 9th St. and Grand Avenue - two blocks west of the hotel or .2 Miles

All City-owned parking garages charge $1 per hour with a daily max of $10.

All downtown parking meters charge $0.25–$1.75 per hour from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

All public parking is free on Sundays (excluding special events).


Commercial Air Travel

Just 5 miles from downtown, the Des Moines International Airport (DSM) offer commercial flights from various cities through Allegiant, American Airlines, Frontier, Delta, Southwest, and United.

Ground Transportation:

Transportation to and from the Des Moines Airport is offered through carious car services, taxies, and rental cars. Prices vary depending on the service chosen.

Ride Share and Taxi Information at the Des Moines Airport

Car Rentals at the Des Moines Airport

Buses and Transit

Shuttle to/from the hotel: Currently the hotel is not offering shuttle service, but it may be available later this year.

Special Events:

First Meeting Attendee Mixer! - Monday 9/12/22, 5:30-6:30p

Members Only Pizza Party! - Tuesday 9/13/22, 5:30-7:00p

We look forward to seeing you in Des Moines!

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