Specialized Professional Societies

Until recently, forensic entomologists typically conferred and presented their recent research results at large entomological or forensic science academic conferences. Participation in a large, multidisciplinary conference may aid in academic cross-fertilization, but the issues that are important to a subspecialty can be ignored. Also, large meetings can be confusing and intimidating to beginning students, and, therefore, are less-than-ideal for recruiting fresh talent.

The first such organization dedicated solely to forensic entomology was the European Association for Forensic Entomology (EAFE; www.eafe.org), formed in 2002. The establishment of the North American Forensic Entomology Association (NAFEA; www.nafea.net) followed shortly thereafter, in 2003. Both organizations now hold an annual academic conference for the presentation of research and more casual scientific exchange. Almost certainly, scientists from other geographic regions will form their own forensic entomology professional organizations.

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