The British Academy of Forensic Sciences
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We publicise dates of events as far in advance as possible via the website as well as Twitter and via email circulations. Some of our regular events are:
A long-established series named in honour of Sir Thomas Lund CBE (1906–1981), a solicitor and Secretary-General of the Law Society 1939–1969, and the brain behind our system of state-funded legal aid (1949). He was the second President of BAFS. He was noted for his affability and was in great demand as an after-dinner speaker long after his retirement.
A long-established series named in honour of Sir Roger Ormrod QC HonFRCP PC (1911–1992), a Lord Justice of Appeal, a clinician who attained the rank of Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and a significant figure in the development of the jurisprudence of no-fault divorce in the English courts. He was the eleventh President of BAFS. Tradition is that the outgoing President of BAFS delivers this lecture.
These are one day ad hoc meetings held on a Saturday. The meetings were initiated to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Thomas Stevenson, the first official Home Office analyst and have continued on a number of themes over the years, the most recent one being on Miscarriages of Justice held in May.
A popular annual event that is often over-subscribed held at venues such as the Apothecaries Hall at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London or the Museum of the Order of St John.
Two talks every year on topics of interest to our younger members. Some of our latest talks include the scientific aspects of Blood Pattern Analysis and the life and work of the forensic pathologist Prof Keith Simpson.
Joint meetings with the Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine take place on a Saturday in January. The upcoming meeting is 2019 is on Mass Disasters.
Education and Prizes
National Legal Litigation Prize
City Law School BPTC Prize
King’s College Science Prize
The British Academy of Forensic Sciences King’s College Forensic Science Prize. The top five project submissions from the MSc in Forensic Science are considered for this prize.
The Academy is honoured to have as its Patron its Honorary Member and former Lord Chancellor, the Lord Mackay of Clashfern.
Lord Mackay has received a great many honours in recognition of his outstanding achievements. The Queen approved that the Right Honourable the Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT be appointed Lord High Commissioner to the 2005 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and he was reappointed by the Queen to the 2006 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.