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Seoul to host forensics conference

The National Forensic Service (NFS) announced yesterday that it will host the 20th meeting of the International Association of Forensic Science (IAFS) in 2014.

About 1,800 research scientists and investigators from 108 countries are expected to participate.

The Ministry of Public Administration and Security said that it will form a special committee, to be comprised of officials from prosecutors’ offices, police, the Korea Tourism Organization and academia, to ensure a successful meeting.

An NFS official said that four countries - Korea, Brazil, Australia and Egypt - made bids to host the conference, with each nation presenting its development in forensics, before Korea was selected.

“The high quality of Korean forensics in such cases like the infant murders in Seorae Village in 2006, for example, was crucial to bringing the meeting to Korea,” the official said.

Founded in 1957, the IAFS brings together academics and professionals in forensic science, medicine, law enforcement, and government and private laboratories. The meeting aims to assist forensic scientists in exchanging scientific and technical information.

The meeting is held every three years, with the 20th meeting set to be held in Seoul from Sept. 6-8, 2014.


By Kwon Sang-soo [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]


한글 관련 기사 [뉴시스]

국과수, 2014년 세계법과학회(IAFS) 총회 유치

국립과학수사연구원(원장 정희선)이 2014년 열리는 `제20회 세계법과학회(IAFS) 총회`를 유치했다고 19일 밝혔다.

1957년 발족한 세계법과학회는 전 세계 법과학연구소 연구원과 수사관 등이 회원으로 참여하고 있는 법과학 분야 최고의 권위를 가진 학회다.

2014년 행사 개최지는 지난 총회에서 의장단이 한국과 브라질,호주,이집트 등 4개 신청국의 프레젠테이션과 법과학 발전상 등을 종합적으로 평가해 결정됐다.

총회는 3년마다 대륙별 윤번제로 개최된다. 앞서 이달 12일부터 17일까지 6일간 포르투갈에서 열린 IAFS(19회) 총회엔 전 세계 108 개국 1700명이 참여했다.

2014년 총회는 9월6일부터 3일 동안 서울 코엑스에서 열릴 예정이다.

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