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  2013 Seminar Call for Papers

The 2013 AFTE meeting in Albuquerque will be upon us before we know it. The entire Host Committee is steadily working to make this a great conference for all of our colleagues (domestic and international).

The annual training seminar is the chance for all individuals either working in the field or just interested in the field of firearm and toolmark examinations to meet. This is not only a reunion or refreshing of professional contacts, networking, or just catching up with a friend you have not seen in awhile, but the chance for our members to present new ideas, research projects, novel techniques, case management and procedure protocols, new technology, etc., to help in our own daily casework, research and training activities, and in court. This is our chance as firearm and toolmark examiners to update our mental encyclopedias, to energize our drive to try new things, or at the very least listen to what is going on around us and become aware of those new ideas and techniques.

However, none of this is possible without the participation and willingness of YOU, the members of AFTE, to share those ideas and research with the body at large. It is YOU that makes this conference the yearly event we all mark our calendars for. It is YOU that allows each annual conference to exist. Therefore, it is from YOU that we, the technical program committee for AFTE 2013, are seeking assistance. We want this conference to be filled with excellent papers and presentations that are technically sound and applicable to our field of firearm and toolmark examination.

The host committee is already working on ideas and concepts for this year’s conference. In this spirit the host committee is writing to you, the members of AFTE, to encourage you to submit an abstract for consideration by the Technical Program Committee. The abstract form can be submitted by using the online form that is available. Rest assured that members of the Technical Program Committee will work closely with each presenter to provide assistance, suggestions, and guidance to help ensure that each speaker is successful.

Remember, it is YOU that makes the annual training seminar a yearly event and it will be YOU that makes AFTE 2013 a memorable event.




Papers will be evaluated based upon content and not on a first-come, first-served basis.  There will be three submission windows:


Window I: Feb. 4 - March 15, 2013

Window II: March 18 - May 3, 2013

Window III: May 6 - June 7, 2013


Authors will be contacted shortly after the closing of each window to inform them if their paper has been chosen for presentation.  If a paper is not initially chosen, it will be re-evaluated following subsequent windows.


Please use our Online Abstract Submission Form.


  2013 Seminar Call for Posters

The Poster Presentation Session is perfect for interesting case write-ups, shorter research projects, students, or for the attendee who would rather have a more personalized presentation experience with their peers.

This year, the Poster Presentation Session is scheduled to be the evening of Monday, June 24th. We are currently accepting topic submissions.

You may email your topics to:


Mike Haag:

Please include “Poster” in the subject line and email your poster title, a brief abstract, and the contact information you would like displayed in the seminar program. You can also indicate at this time if you will be in need of a table-top display area, an easel, or if you will not be in need of either.

The entire 2013 Host Committee looks forward to seeing you all in Albuquerque!


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