Ian Riebeling was a forensic document examiner with Forensic Science SA in Adelaide. Ian passed away suddenly in February of 2001 and was an active member of the Society. He had held the position of President of the SA Branch and many other positions in the preceding years.
In honour of Ian Riebeling, the medal is awarded to a General Member and best new practitioner who presents a paper or poster at the Symposium. The Medallist is selected from the pool of oral and poster presenters who are within their first five years, or part-time equivalent, of their employment as a forensic practitioner. Presenters need to have declared this at the time of their registration. The award is open to General Members and new practitioners who presents either a paper or poster at the Symposium. Please contact the SA branch or email@example.com for more information.
The Bryan Found Memorial Symposium Award
Dr Bryan Found was a true champion of forensic science, incredibly passionate for improvement and development. As an internationally respected caseworker, researcher, and the inaugural Chief Forensic Scientist of VIC Police, across a 29-year career, he instigated significant progress in many areas of document examination, pattern evidence and education. His impact in bringing cognitive issues to the fore will be felt for years to come, and his influence on document examination globally has been phenomenal. Bryan was a long-standing member of the VIC Branch, former President, and the Chair of the Organising Committee for the 2008 Melbourne Symposium – arguably the first of the new breed of successful symposia. He was also responsible for the infamous cask wine, now an ANZFSS tradition. He was accepted as a Life Member of the Society just weeks before his sudden death at home on 23 October 2016.
In memory of Bryan, the Found family has established a Memorial Scholarship in his name that is awarded to a graduate or post-graduate student to attend the Symposium. The award is open to full-time students in a graduate or postgraduate course in a topic related to forensic science. Please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
Applications for the Bryan Found Memorial Symposium Award are now OPEN, applications close 30th April 2023. The application form can be found here.
The Allan Hodda Memorial Award
Allan was a well-known and respected scientist and individual. He was instrumental to the development of the NSW Branch as President, Vice-President, Secretary, Public Officer and Life-Member. In 2004, he received the National President’s Medal for his services to the Society. For many years Allan was a forensic toxicologist at the Division of Analytical Laboratories in Sydney. His professional credentials and focus on quality and integrity were greatly appreciated by the forensic science community, as demonstrated by his various executive memberships, including on the Panel of Advisers of the NIFS and on NATA’s Forensic Registration Advisory Committee. His dedication to training and education were also shown by his organisation of the annual NSW Branch seminar ‘Inside the Forensic World’ and his association with the UTS. Allan was a true gentleman and possessed a very fine sense of humour.
In memory of Allan, this award is awarded to a member who can best demonstrate how they will personally and professionally benefit from an opportunity to travel to any destination to further their own study, attend a notable forensic meeting or visit a laboratory. This award is open to General, Life and Student Members. Other reasons for travel, in accordance with the intent of the award, will be considered. Recipients will be required to present at that Symposium. Please contact the NSW branch or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Adelaide Medal
Introduced at the 12th Meeting of the IAFS in 1990 to mark the holding of the meeting in Adelaide. Associated with the IAFS Meeting and awarded for scientific achievement that has a marked influence on forensic sciences from an international perspective. Work that resulted in a change in direction, new thinking or significant improvement in current methodologies are recognised. Please contact the SA Branch or email@example.com for more information.