Membership at AAFS

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary 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.

The AAFS membership application deadline for new member applicants, upgrades, and promotions is October 10, 2021. 

Since 1948, the AAFS has served a distinguished and diverse membership.  Its over 6,500 members are divided into eleven sections spanning the forensic enterprise.  Included among the Academy’s members are physicians, attorneys, dentists, toxicologists, physical anthropologists, document examiners, digital evidence experts, psychiatrists, engineers, physicists, chemists, criminalists, educators, and others.

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Representing all 50 United States, Canada, and 70 other countries worldwide, they 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.

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary 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. 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.


Benefits of Joining Our Membership

  • Discounted registration rate for the AAFS Annual Scientific Conference
  • A Digital Subscription to the internationally recognized Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS).
    • Complete JFS pdf, the JFS App. – Free download available, and assistance in researching JFS archive articles.
  • The AAFS Newsfeed and Newsfeed e-alerts containing updates on Academy news and the forensic science industry. 
  • Discounted educational forensic science books and AAFS webinars.   
  • Ability and opportunity to host and conduct your own education webinars. 
  • Ability and opportunity to join mentorship programs.
  • Job opportunities, expert witness referrals, scientific reference studies; and, the opportunity to collaborate with the world’s premier forensic scientists in a wide variety of professional disciplines.
  • Annual membership card.
  • AAFS membership history
    • Dues history, account services, and meetings certificates
  • Vast networking opportunities 
  • Career and CV growth

Getting Involved:

  • Opportunity to serve on Academy-wide and section committees.
  • Opportunity (for voting members) to have a voice in AAFS bylaws, policies, decision-making, etc.
  • Opportunity to apply for grants, scholarships, and award funding.
  • Opportunity to advance to a status (Retired Member/Retired Fellow) that includes complimentary annual dues, and possibly complimentary meeting registration.
  • Opportunity to serve as Academy leadership on the Board of Directors

Before you apply for AAFS membership, be sure to explore your section and your potential status level. Make sure you are aware of the Academy requirements, section requirements, and you meet the status level requirements before applying. 

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