Professor Adrian Linacre, chair in Forensic DNA Technology at Flinders, has become national president of the Australian New Zealand Forensic Science Society.
A leading authority in developing new technologies in the field of DNA typing, he has acted as an expert witness in numerous cases in several countries.
Professor Linacre gained his registration as a forensic practitioner in the areas of body fluids, blood pattern analysis and DNA typing in the UK before taking up the School of Biological Sciences chair at Flinders supported by the Ministry of Justice in South Australia.
He is co-author of the text An Introduction to Forensic Genetics and the book Wildlife DNA Analysis and is associate editor of Forensic Science International Genetics.
He said the ANZFSS honour reflected the status of Flinders University in the field “and underscores our role in shaping forensic science here in Australasia”.
“I am delighted that the members have put their faith in me to continue with the society’s ‘professionalisation’ and our international profile.”
Professor Linacre, who has written more than 110 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, was voted in by ANZFSS members at the society’s biennial symposium in New Zealand last week.
The 23rd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences in Auckland also attracted several Flinders University PhD presenters and academics, including School of Chemical and Physical Sciences Associate Professor Stewart Walker who this week co-managed the 2016 Australian Energetic Materials Symposium at Flinders at Victoria Square, Adelaide.
The keynote speakers at the 5th Australian symposium are Professor Jimmie Oxley from the University of Rhode Island Center of Excellence in Explosives Detection, Mitigation and Response, and Professor Arian van Asten from the Netherlands Forensic Institute and University of Amsterdam.
The Centre of Expertise in Energetic Materials, which is responsible for coordinating the symposium, is a collaboration between Flinders, DST Group and industry partners.