The Opening of the IAI Conference

Trip Start Aug 08, 2009
Trip End Aug 30, 2009

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Monday, August 17, 2009

I managed to get here safely and very easily by public bus (although there were some really strange people who use the bus system over here) and for $1.35 I thought it was really good value for money.

The first evening there was a drinks reception for all the first time delgates of the conference which quickly threw me into the path of board members who have promised to help me network whilst here. Then on to the Presidents Reception (they have a President of the IAI, 2nd President and a 3rd President by the way)

I signed in at the speakers booth and was presented with a gift for being a speaker as well as my conference ID and a big sticker that says speaker on  the bottom of it.

The opening ceremony was a really big event for this conference with steel drums, the ceremonial presentation of the flags and singing of God bless America and their National Anthem.

All the international delegates are welcomed individually and you have to stand up when they call your country and get a round of applause.

After all the normal speeches my the President of the IAI etc, they have a guest speaker Anthony J Schembri  who was the basis for the US TV hit The Commish. He was from Brooklin and was an excellent and very motivational speaker.

We all then went out for a photograph before the international delegates were brought back together by the international board member and we all spoke about what was happening in our respective countries and the challenges the other countries faced. I updated with the EU court ruling and Lord Justice Wears publication as well as the Forensic Regulator and what we do at the NPIA. It seems that most people in the US forensic arena go to visit the Met Police and dont know too much about us. That said the odd one does and knows our reputation well.

Tomorrow afternoon at 3.30 is my presentation and I wen to look into my room where I will speak, it is the biggest room and about three times the size of our conference room at the Forensic Centre. Calm Hazel, keep calm. I did a dry run in my room of the presentation and realised it is far too long so will have to chop lots out to make it fit 30mins.

It is really good to be here and very beneficial. It is full of passionate people who care a great deal about their work and forensic science as a whole and I am very lucky to be here.

What I would say is that there is no free internet in my Hotel room so I am using the booth provided free at the conference so I will have to upload photographs at a later date so keep checking back to see the images.

There is a sponsored breakfast tomorrow for all delegates and I have been invited to join some operational CSI's to sit with them. They are puting together the workshop with the Mock Crime Scene so that should be interesting to see.

What else can I say other that I am nervous about tomorrow but very excited to be here.
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