American Academy of Forensic Sciences
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multidisciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote professionalism, integrity, competency, education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences.
• To promote justice for all and integrity through forensic science.
• The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a global, multidisciplinary membership community that provides collaborative research, quality education, and recognized leadership to advance forensic science and to inform its application to the law.
• Integrity: The Academy places objectivity, honesty, transparency, honor, ethics, and unity at the center of all its policies and operations.
• Leadership and Public Awareness: The Academy is the leader in representing, serving, and advocating for forensic science, as well as a resource for providing reliable and sought-after information to the forensic science community, other partners, and the general public.
• Scientific Rigor: The Academy promotes quality research of scientific methods to ensure robust and unbiased experimental design, methodology, analysis, interpretation and reporting of results.
• Collaboration and Excellence: The Academy provides services and support of the highest quality to its members through its world-renowned Journal of Forensic Sciences, its professional scientific education and career development, its accreditation and consensus-based standards programs, and other initiatives that fulfill its members’ evolving needs.
• Diversity and Inclusion: The Academy serves all and is committed to providing an objective, unbiased framework for individuals through forensic science application, teaching, and research.
• Engagement and Connectivity: The Academy fosters a sense of community and responsiveness that facilitates engagement and networking through leadership and volunteer opportunities; activities; and outreach and professional educational programming.
Strategic Objective Statements
MEMBERSHIP - Increase membership through member value enrichment and engagement.
MARKETING - Elevate the Academy’s reputation by building a brand that symbolizes its leadership role in the global forensic science community.
LEADERSHIP - The Academy will strengthen its impact on forensic science through policy, advocacy, and education.
SUSTAINABILITY - The Academy will expand fund development to pursue continued growth and financial stability.
EDUCATION – Enrich and expand forensic science learning opportunities utilizing new formats, technologies, and tools.
The 2021-22 president of the Academy is Carl M. McClary, MS
Since 1948, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) has served a distinguished and diverse membership. Its 6,600+ members represent all 50 United States and 71 other countries. Members are pathologists, attorneys, dentists, toxicologists, anthropologists, document examiners, digital evidence experts, psychiatrists, engineers, physicists, chemists, criminalists, educators, researchers, and others. hey actively practice forensic science and, in many cases, teach and conduct research in the field as well. Each section provides opportunities for professional development, personal contacts, awards, and recognition. Many sections publish periodic newsletters and mailings which keep their members abreast of activities and developments in their fields. To better serve the members and their wide-range of forensic disciplines, the AAFS membership is structured by its eleven sections (disciplines). Each section provides opportunities for professional development, personal contacts, committee participation, as well as awards and recognition. The objectives of the Academy are to promote professionalism, integrity, competency, education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences. It does so via the Journal of Forensic Sciences (its internationally recognized scientific journal), newsletters, its website, its annual scientific meeting, the conduct of seminars and meetings, and the initiation of actions and reactions to various issues of concern. For its members and affiliates, AAFS provides placement services as well as scientific reference studies. As the world’s most prestigious forensic science organization, the AAFS represents its membership to the public and serves as the focal point for public information concerning the forensic science profession. Founded in 1948, the AAFS is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.