ACT Branch news; 2022 Symposium Award Winners Announced

05/07/2022 | General

The ACT Branch Committee are proud to announce the ACT recipients of National and Branch Symposium Awards to attend the 25th International Symposium in Brisbane in September 2022.

The National Executive reported a high level of quality across all Symposium Awards submissions this year. Well done to everyone who applied.

We congratulate the following five ACT Branch members who received 2022 Symposium Awards:

Dr Caroline O’Driscoll Regular – National Award
Dr Jurian Hoogewerff Regular – National Award
Michael Aberle Student – National Award
Dr Jo Bunford Regular – Branch Award
Joe Meikle Student – Branch Award


The ACT Branch will present Awards to these winners at an Awards Presentation Evening at the University of Canberra on Monday 11 July. Each recipient will share with attendees an overview of their research in a “mini symposium” that night. Research topics from these awarded scientists include:

  • Assessing the ground-truth of forensic soil provenancing models: an urban/suburban Australian perspective; and,
  • Influences on student interest in undergraduate forensic science courses; the impact of true crime; and,
  • Impact of de-sticking methods on fingermarks detected on adhesive tapes.

We wish all our Symposium Award recipients an educational, and inspiring experience in Brisbane, and look forward to members’ ongoing contribution to the Forensic Sciences.

Symposium Awards, to attend the IAFS/ANZFSS combined symposium in Sydney next year, will be announced in early 2023.

See you at “ANZFSS Brisbane” – registrations still open!