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Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists

Last Updated: October 03, 2015

37th Annual SWAFS 2015 Conference

October 19 - 23, 2015

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

Venue: Renaissance OKC

Welcome to SWAFS 2015!

The Host Committee, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, is so pleased to welcome you to Oklahoma City and Bricktown!

You will be able to recognize Host Committee Members by their red SWAFS Polo shirts. Feel free to pull us aside and ask us questions. SWAFS officers and members of the Board of Directors will have blue and black badge ribbons, respectively. They should also be able to answer a lot of questions.

Registration will begin Monday morning at 8:00am on Monday, October 19th, in the Cox Convention Center on the lower level. You can take the walkway from the Renaissance Hotel 2nd floor over to the Convention Center or just cross the street from the 1st floor. There will be signs in the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center to help direct you.

The meeting will begin at noon Monday with Welcome Speeches and guest speakers that will help enlighten us on how our hard work impacts others we work with and the citizens we help protect. Classes will begin Tuesday at 8:00, again in the lower level of the Cox Convention Center.

The vendors will arrive and start to set up on Tuesday afternoon, but exhibition is from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Wednesday. You will be able to recognize the vendors by their magenta badge ribbons. Take some time during Wednesday to stop by and visit with them. Conferences would definitely not occur without them!

Located inside the Renaissance Hotel is the 10 North Grille and Caffeina’s Marketplace for your convenience. However, there are many restaurants within walking distance and a short drive as well. Located in the meeting book will be a list of restaurants inside and outside Bricktown that have been recommended by your hosts. A map of Bricktown will also be included in your registration bag.

Don't forget to take advantage of OKC Downtown Discovery bus for free rides to and from destinations in the downtown Oklahoma City area. The hours of operation are: Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, every 30 minutes. Thu-Sat 10am-8pm, every 15 minutes; 8pm-11pm, every 30 minutes.

We will have lots of door prizes to help you experience OKC and Bricktown!

We can't wait to see you at SWAFS in Oklahoma City in October!

2015 SWAFS Conference Registration Form (Revised September 19, 2015)

2015 Annual Meeting Hotel Registration

2015 Annual Meeting Hotel Overflow Registration


Tuesday (Oct. 20) - The JFK part of that class cancelled and changed to the OKC Memorial Bombing overview and OK Historical Forensic Case.

Wednesday (Oct. 21) Several presentations being put on by SWAFS vendors, in a classroom adjacent to their displays. Look for the schedule at the meeting. We will also have a schedule of the paper presentations at the meeting. The poster presentations will be in the lobby by the classrooms.

Friday (Oct. 23) - Uncertainty class is cancelled, but a Forensic Archaeology class has been added to the schedule! The Forensic Archaeology class is Friday morning and being instructed by Dr. Kent Buehler from the University of Oklahoma.

Please let Chris Boydstun know if you want to change your Friday class or any other changes.

The Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (SWAFS) is a not for profit association of persons actively engaged in the profession of scientific examination of physical evidence in an organized body so that the profession in all of its disciplines may be effectively and scientifically practiced.

SWAFS exists to: exchange information among forensic scientists to improve techniques, encourage research in forensic science and keep its members apprised of the latest techniques and discoveries in forensic science.

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