Welcome Message from the President of the International Association of Forensic Sciences and of The World Police Medical Officers

Dear Colleague,

In 2011, from 12th to 17th September, the 19th World Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) will be held in Portugal, in the city of Funchal on the island of Madeira. Other scientific events will be taking place at the same time, namely the 9th Triennial Meeting of the World Police Medical Officers (WPMO) and the 5th Meeting of the Mediterranean Academy of Forensic Sciences (MAFS).

Several other international associations will also hold their board meetings and/or organize scientific sessions and workshops during IAFS, WPMO & MAFS 2011. These include the AAFS (American Academy of Forensic Sciences), IOFOS (International Organization for Forensic Odonto-Stomatology), ENFSI (European Network of Forensic Sciences), WAML (World Association of Medical Law), ECLM (European Council of Legal Medicine), IALM (International Academy of Legal Medicine), RIAMLCF (Iberoamerican Network of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Science Institutions), ICRC (International Committee of Red Cross), IRCT (International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims), TIFS (The International Forensic Summit) and IFSA (International Forensic Strategic Alliance).

Madeira is an island paradise, with stunning scenery and a subtropical climate. For many, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. With a wide range of activities to entertain tourists, it is a very popular holiday destination. Any stay in Madeira, and in its city of Funchal, will certainly prove to be very memorable.

The Conference will take place in the Pestana Casino Park Hotel, a beautiful building designed by the famous Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer, which is located above the sea, just 5 minutes walking distance from the centre of Funchal. You can see some images of Madeira and of Pestana Casino Park Hotel (video with sound) at www.iafs2011.mj.pt/aboutmadeira.htm.

From the scientific point of view, IAFS 2011 will surely be an unforgettable event. It will involve some of the most renowned international specialists in the field, and all areas of the forensic sciences will be open to discussion and analysis. It offers a unique opportunity to update your knowledge concerning the most recent scientific, technological and doctrinal advances, to share ideas and experiences and, of course, to contact with academics and other professionals from all over the world. IAFS 2011 will surely be one of the best scientific events ever in the area of forensic sciences.

Further information about this event is available in this website,  where you can also register.

Please take note of the early bird registration dates and of the deadline for abstracts submission.

If you require an official invitation letter for a visa or funding purposes, the organizing committee will be pleased to supply it, under the terms of the conditions stated on the website.

The website also provides useful information about hotel reservations. As regards transportation, you can fly to Madeira from Lisbon airport in Portugal (and why not take advantage and visit this beautiful city too?) or directly from various countries. Note that many low-cost airlines fly directly to Madeira, and that it is also accessible by boat.

I would be very grateful if you could publicize this information around your institution, passing it on to anyone that may be interested in taking part in the Conference.

You can also contact us by fax (+351 239 836 470), email: iafs2011@mj.pt or filling our contact form.

Kind regards,

Duarte Nuno Vieira
(President of IAFS and WPMO)

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