Forensic Science: A World of Opportunities

The CSFS held their first ever virtual conference from June 21 to 24, 2021 and it was a huge success. With 351 delegates from 19 countries, this was the largest and most international conference in the history of the Society.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges, it has also allowed the CSFS to embrace different means to deliver content to its membership and beyond. As such, the CSFS 2021 conference theme was “Forensic Science: A World of Opportunities”. The program was jam-packed with one keynote, three plenary, six vendor, 22 oral, and 47 poster presentations, covering a diverse range of forensic topics from crime scene to laboratory to courtroom. There was also a networking event and several prize giveaways.

With numerous fascinating presentations by national and international speakers, it is difficult to highlight only a select few. The keynote speaker, Prof. Shari Forbes, introduced many to the first human taphonomy facility on Canadian soil. Dr. Kona Williams, the first First Nations forensic pathologist in Canada, gave a timely presentation on forensic matters involving Indigenous People. It was also eye-opening to hear about the obstacles and progress made in the forensic science field by developing countries, such as Ghana and Palestine.

This year’s conference was an opportunity for delegates to come together (even if only virtually) to share and/or to acquire new knowledge; to make new connections that could lead to future collaborations; and to get a better understanding of forensic science, not only in Canada, but around the world. The CSFS Board of Directors and the CSFS 2021 Organizing Committee would like to thank all those who participated, including the many sponsors who showed their support. Please stay safe and we hope to see you at the next conference!