(Shutterstock)LAS VEGAS – The American Academy of Forensic Science is one of the largest, multidisciplinary forensic organizations in the country, and their annual symposium officially kicked off today in Sin City.

Themed “Transformation: Embracing Change,” the 68th annual meeting is a nod to the changing landscape of forensic sciences, and the ongoing pursuit of techniques and practices that ensure the highest  degrees of accuracy in the field and in the lab.

The event welcomes more than 4,000 international scientists to foster a “global cooperation and consensus” among professionals in the forensic industry, as well as, hundreds of vendors and forensic associations in the exhibitor hall, according to a press release.

AAFS have partnered with some local organizations to provide attendees with great multidisciplinary events and presentations. The CSI Mini Camp, is an example, followed by a public-education event presented in partnership with the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. Followed by a forensic expert panel showcase for adults.

Sessions runs from Monday through Friday and run the gamut of the forensic sciences from toxicology, to odontology, pathology, and lot more.

Highlights at this year’s AAFS:

  • Plenary Session – “Transformation: Embracing Change” is an international panel discussion on the importance of recent forensic-science initiatives and the response of the global community. Wednesday 2/24 at 9 a.m.
  • Wine and Cheese Reception – Rub elbows with some of the most of distinguished forensic professionals in the industry. Or, just come hang with colleagues. Thursday 2/25 6 p.m.
  • CSI Mini Camp – “Demystifying Forensic Science” is a hands-on forensic experience with real forensic professionals. Activities include male/female bone identification, DNA analysis, digital and multimedia evidence, and more. Sunday 2/21 until 3 p.m.

Organized in 1948, AAFS serves a distinguished and diverse membership of over 6,000 forensic science professionals. Most members are active or retired forensic professionals, and are the focal point for public information and expertise. AAFS publishes the internationally recognized Journal of Forensic Sciences. For more information, visit