BAFS and External Events


The British Academy of Forensic Sciences (BAFS) held its first meeting in 1960. BAFS is a unique organisation formed from a unique mix of forensic medicine (pathologist, psychiatrists, physicians (FMEs), scientist and lawyers. Our events are usually based in London.

Next BAFS Event

IABPA one day Bloodstain Pattern Analysis international conference

  • Date: 9th July 2022
  • Time: 08:00-19:00
  • Venue: Online

This one-day ONLINE conference will provide delegates with an opportunity to re-connect with bloodstain pattern analysis and share stories.

The online event will host discipline experts, researchers, legal professionals and students spotlighting BPA Investigations and BPA Evaluation and give researchers an opportunity to present their work and engage contributors during Rapid-Fire R&D sessions.

Event will be run live on the ZOOM platform, and recorded (where the appropriate permissions have been provided) so that international delegates can catch up when timezones allow!

Regular BAFS Events

BAFS Events

Friends' Dinner
A popular annual event that is often over-subscribed. Some of the previous topics discussed at this event included the wrongful conviction of Barry George for the murder of Jill Dando, Child Sexual Abuse, the murder of Rachel Nickell, False Confessions, and the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Joint Events

BAFS and Clinical Forensic and Legal medicine section of Royal Society of Medicine
Date: Saturday 19 January 2019
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, London
CPD: Accredited

The recent disasters, such as Grenfell Tower and Westminster Bridge, has highlighted how forensic science plays an important part in victim identification.

A panel of experts will examine how forensic odontology, anthropology and pathology contribute to the identification process.

Learn about the psychological impact such events can have on victims, hearing more about the nature of the subsequent inquests from those supporting them.
Key topics:
  • How forensic odontology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How forensic anthropology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How forensic pathology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How victims are affected by disasters
  • How psychologists manage victims of disasters
More information here

Previous BAFS Events



International Conference: Neuroscience and the Law


BAFS Diamond Anniversary - 120th Anniversary of crime scene fingermark identification


Joint RSM-BAFS Conference: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): A multidisciplinary approach to the presentation, investigation and prosecution



The people versus Jack the Ripper

Speaker: Michael Mulford


Lund Lecture - The Salisbury Poisoning

Speaker: Keith Asman MBE


Annual General Meeting & Friends' Dinner 2021

Speaker: Ian Kelcey


The Balham Poisoner and the story of the Tea Cup Poisoner that changed Forensic Psychiatry

Speaker: Tim McInerny


Forensic Currency

Speaker: Paul Dainty


Experts: Who needs them?

Speaker: Louise Shorter


Alcohol, drugs and driving – Section 5A six years on

Speaker: Prof Atholl Johnston

Mental health in police custody


Digital technology and crime in 2021; where are we now?

Episode 3

Digital technology and crime in 2021; where are we now?

Episode 2

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA): Do you see what I see?

What does the presence of GSR really mean?


INQUESTS: purpose and scope, preparation, procedure and conclusions

Joint BAFS - RSM Event: Clinical and Scientific Expert Witness Bias: Sources and Expression

The multiple personalities of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA): Investigation, Evaluation & Review
Speaker: Jo Millington

The role of plants, fungi and algae in environmental forensics

Speaker: Dr Mark Spencer


Friends Dinner 2019: How did forensic science help identify Richard III?

Speaker: Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE

RSM & BAFS joint event 2018

Dr Richard Shephard, Professor Peter Vanezis, Dr Curtis Offiah, Professor Peter Gill, Mr David Heming, Detective Inspector Mark Richards and Master Evan Bell, 20/01/2018

AGM & Friends Dinner 2017 

James Hines QC and Dr Martin Hall,  01/11/2017

Forensic Investigation in Counter Terrorism

Sharon Broome, 30/11/2016

The Lund Lecture 2015

Professor Denise Syndercombe Court, 04/10/2016

AGM & Friends Dinner 2016

Andrew Smith and Professor Nigel Eastman, 18/05/2016

Forensic Imaging: From Plates to Pixels

Nick Marsh, 21/01/2016

Investigating sudden unexpected death

Professor Richard Shepherd, Marta Cohen, Professor Robert Peckitt, Professor Mary Sheppard, Dr Safa Al-Sarraj, Professor Robert J. Flanagan, Dr Elijah Behr, Dr Jason Payne-James, Professor Robin Ferner, Dr Peter Dean, 16/01/2016

Ormrod Lecture 2015

Professor Robert J. Flanagan, 22/10/2015

Science and the Courts. Human Identification, Migration and Trafficking

Prof Robert J. Flanagan, HH Judge Jeremy Donne QC, Upper Tribunal Judge Mark Ockelton QC, Professor Cheryl Thomas, Mr Stuart Black, Mr Roger Baldwin, Dr Ann Priston, Mr Nick Marsh, Dr Denise Syndercombe Court, Professor Michael Kopelman, Dr Sarah Majid, Dr Sarah Chin, Dr Michael Korzinski, 28/03/2015

Blood Pattern Analysis

Jo Millington, 15/01/2015

The Lund Lecture 2014

Professor Bob Peckitt 23/10/2014

Clozapine Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Dr James MacCabe, Professor Robert Flanagan and Professor Christoph Hiemke 28/06/2014


Ken Butler, 15/05/2014


Past Venues

Chapter Hall St John’s Gate


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