4th EAFE meeting was held in Bari from 26 to 29 April 2006 and we
already missed all of You.
meeting was attended by approximately 120 delegates coming from
more than 20 different Countries, mostly European but also including
Australia, Canada, USA and Chile.
meeting started on Wednesday 26th Aprile with the opening ceremony
in the Ateneum Building of the University of Bari. During such event
the local academic authorities have welcomed all the participants
and Proff.ri Nuzzaci and Porcelli have introduced the congress with
a main lecture on Common traits between entomology and forensic
science. The Rector of the University of Bari (Prof. Gironre)
has finally assigned a special award to Martin Hall (EAFE President)
and Lee Goff (University of Honolulu) for their contribution to
the development of the forensic entomology discipline around the
Thursday 27th, a full day workshop was held at the main Building
of the Polizia di Stato on Recovery of decomposed bodies and
collection of entomological evidence. Thanks to the efforts
made by Dr. Vito Borraccia (Polizia di Statao) this workshop has
been especially designed for criminal investigators, crime scene
technicians, forensic pathologists, forensic entomologists and other
law enforcement practitioners. It was attended by approximately
200 delegates among which many policemen coming from the local territory.
During the workshop representatives of the most active laboratories
of forensic entomology within the police service (French Gendarmerie,
Canton Ticino Police in Switzerland, Policia Cientifica de Madrid)
have illustrated their procedures and standards for the investigation
of corpses colonized by insects.
scientific part of the meeting was held from 28th to 29th April
2006 in the Section of Legal Medicine of the University of Bari.
Following the invited lectures made by Jamie Stevens (University
of Exeter, UK) on DNA-based approaches to the identification
of insects, Jeff Wells (University of West Virginia, USA)
on DNA-based indentification of Calliphoridae and Rich
Merritt (President of the American Board of Forensic Entomology
from Michigan State University, USA) on Role of aquatic invertebrates
in forensic investigations, a total of 23 oral presentations
were made and 24 poster displayed (see abstracts on the site) dealing
with different fields of forensic entomology from case studies to
field and laboratory researches. All the oral and poster presentations
have been published on a book of abstracts.
the end of the scientific sessions Lee Goff (University of Honolulu)
has closed the meeting discussing the most frequent problems and
pitfalls in application of entomological evidence among which, in
particular, the relationship between the period of insect activity
and the time since death. During a round table on procedures and
standards in forensic entomology, the results of a sort of simulated
case or better, an interlab test, have been finally evaluated by
some EAFE Board members among which Emmanuel Gaudry (Captain of
French Gendarmerie), Helene Leblanc (Forensic Alliance Limited)
and Jens Amendt (University of Frankfurt). The simulated case can
be the first step on the way to quality assurance and certification
which includes best practice on collection and preservation of entomological
evidence, but also identification of the species and determination
of the minimum post-mortem interval.
the EAFE meeting, Jens Amendt has been elected the new EAFE President.
In this occasion we would like to say a really good luck to Jens
but also we would like to thank You very much Martin Hall for his
effort in promoting and representing our new-born association for
the past four years. We have been privileged to have Martin Hall
as our first President.
believe that this annual meeting has been a great opportunity for
professionals from many different disciplines to meet and discuss
the latest development in forensic entomology. We really hope You
will never forget such meeting and the social events organized for
You among which the brief walking tour in the old part of the town
of Bari with its typical narrow winding streets and its medioeval
monuments such as the Norman-Swabian Castle, the Romanesque Cathedral
and the Basilica of St. Nicholas. We are quite sure You will never
forget the tour visit to Castle del Monte, one of the
finest Castle in Europe with its eight angular towers and
unfortunately the unusual rainy and cloudy weather we had during
all the meeting. But maybe this could be a good reason for all the
delegates to return back to Bari just for spending their holidays
on the beaches catching some sun. A good occasion to dress again
the blue cap with the EAFE logo!
was a great pleasure for us to host all of You in Bari and we really
hope to meet You soon at the next meeting in Brussels (Belgium).
Introna and Carlo P. Campobasso.
Committee, EAFE 2006