The TIAFT YS Awards are announced at the TIAFT business meeting, and the prizes awarded at the Farewell Banquet during each meeting.
To know rules and guidelines about the Awards, please scroll down the page.


YSC Awards 2016 - Brisbane

  1. Best paper published in 2015/16
    Florian Franz, GERMANY
    Metabolites of synthetic cannabinoids in hair: proof of consumption or false friends for interpretation?
    Florian Franz, Verena Angerer, Maren Hermanns-Clausen, Volker Auwärter, Bjoern Moosmann
    University of Freiburg, Germany
    Anal Bioanal Chem DOI 10.1007/s00216-016-9422-2..

  2. Best Oral Presentation Award at TIAFT 2016
    Svante Vikingsson, SWEDEN
    Comparison of human liver microsomes, human hepatocytes and mice with case samples for identification of meclonazepam metabolites by LC-QTOF
    Svante Vikingsson, Ariane Wohlfarth, Markus Roman, Mikael Andersson, Henrik Gréen, Martin Josefsson, Robert Kronstrand.
    Linköping University, Sweden.

  3. Best Poster Award at TIAFT 2016
    Laura M. Huppertz, GERMANY
    Software assisted metabolite identification: a tool for the rapid updating of screening methods for synthetic cannabinoids in human urine by LC_QTOF-MS
    Laura M. Huppertz, Bjoern Moosmann, Florian Franz, Sebastian Götz, Volker Auwärter.
    University of Freiburg, Germany

Previous years Awards

Please, click on the Meeting's location to get the relative award.

YSC Awards 2015 - Florence

The following scientists were recognized at the TIAFT meeting in Florence.

  1. Best paper published in 2014/15
    Michael Poetzsch, SWITZERLAND
    Single hair analysis of small molecules using MALDI-Triple Quadrupole MS imaging and LC-MS/MS: investigations on opportunities and pitfalls
    Michael Poetzsch, Andrea E. Steuer, Andreas T. Roemmelt, Markus R. Baumgartner, Thomas Kraemer
    Univeristy of Zurich, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Department of Forensic Pharmacology & Toxicology, Winterthurerstrasse 190/52, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland.
    dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac503193w | Anal. Chem. 2014, 86, 11758−11765.

  2. Best Oral Presentation Award at TIAFT 2015
    Brigitte Desharnais, CANADA
    Postmortem identification of metabolizer type: a proteomics approach
    Brigitte Desharnais, Pascal Mireault, Cameron D. Skinner.
    Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale, département de toxicologie, 1701 rue Parthenais, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H2K,3S7.
    Concordia University, Chemistry & Biochemistry department, 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H4B, 1R6.

  3. Best Poster Award at TIAFT 2015
    Verena Angerer, GERMANY
    5F-Cumyl-PINACA in 'e-liquids' for electronic cigarettes-A new type of synthetic cannabinoid in a trendy product
    Verena Angerer, Bjoern Moosmann, Florian Franz, Volker Auwärter.
    Institute of Forensic Medicine, Medical Center, University of Freiburg, Germany

YSC Awards 2014 - Buenos Aires

The following scientists were recognized at the TIAFT meeting in Buenos Aires.

  1. Best paper published in 2013/14
    Luke N Rodda, AUSTRALIA
    Alcohol congener analysis and the source of alcohol: a review
    Luke N Rodda, Jochen Beyer, Dimitri Gerostamoulos, Olaf H Drummer
    Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, June 2013, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 194-207.

  2. Best Oral Presentation Award at TIAFT 2014
    Eva Cuypers, BELGIUM
    Hair analysis: contamination or use? The question finally resolved by imaging mass spectrometry?
    Eva Cuypers, Bryn Flinders, Ingrid J. Bosman, Klaas J. Lusthof, Arian C. Van Asten, Jan Tytgat and Ron M.A. Heeren.

  3. Best Poster Award at TIAFT 2014
    Noriaki Shima, JAPAN
    Time-course mass spectrometry imaging for depicting drug incorporation into hair after a single administration
    Noriaki Shima, Tooru Kamata, Akihiro Miki, Munehiro Katagi, Kei Zaitsu, Takako Sato, Toyofumi Nakanishi and Hitoshi Tsuchihashi.

YSC Awards 2013 - Madeira

The following scientists were recognized at the TIAFT meeting in Madeira

  1. Best paper published in 2012/13
    Ji-hyun Kim
    Quantitative analysis of propofol-glucuronide in hair as a marker for propofol abuse.

  2. Best Oral Presentation Award at TIAFT 2013
    Milena Madry
    Incorporation mechanisms of zolpidem in fingernails – A systematic investigation after a single dose.

  3. Best Poster Award at TIAFT Meeting 2013
    Ariane Wohlfarth
    XLR-11, a new major synthetic cannabi¬noid: Determination of metabolites after human hepatocyte incubation and analysis with high-resolution mass spectrometry.

YSC Awards 2012 - Hamamatsu

The following scientists were recognized at the TIAFT meeting in Hamamatsu (kindly sponsored by TIAFT).

  1. Best paper published in 2011/12
    Andrea E. Schwaninger, GERMANY
    Stereoselective urinary MDMA (ecstasy) and metabolites excretion kinetics following controlled MDMA administration to humans.
    A.E. Schwaninger, M.R. Meyer, A.J. Barnes, E.A. Kolbrich-Spargo, D.A. Gorelick, R.S. Goodwin, M.A. Huestis, H.H.Maurer
    Biochemical Pharmacology 83(2012) 131-138.
    Department of Experimental and Clinical Toxicology, Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Saarland University, Homburg (Saar), Germany.

  2. Best Oral Presentation Award at TIAFT 2012
    Lars Ambach, Switzerland
    Synthesis and detection of benzylpiperazine metabolites by online electrochemical oxidation and mass-selective detection.
    L. Ambach, S. König, W. Weinmann
    Institute of Forensic Medicine Bern, University of Bern, Faculty of Medicine, Bern, Switzerland

  3. Best Poster Award at TIAFT Meeting 2012
    not given

Additionally, Springer Publishing Company kindly awarded a textbook on behalf of the YS Committee for the following paper published in 2011/2012:

Melanie Hutter, GERMANY
Identification of the major urinary metabolites in man of seven synthetic cannabinoids of the aminoalkylindole type present as adulterants in ‘herbal mixtures’ using LC-MS/MS techniques.
M. Hutter, S. Broecker, S. Kneisel and V. Auwärter
J. Mass. Spectrom. 2012, 47, 54-65.
Department of Experimental and Clinical Toxicology, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University Medical Center Freiburg, Alberstr. 9, 79104 Freiburg, Germany.

YSC Awards 2011 - San Francisco

The following scientists were recognized at the SOFT-TIAFT meeting in San Francisco (kindly sponsored by TIAFT).

  1. Best paper published in 2010/11
    Daniela Remane, GERMANY
    Ion suppression and enhancement effects of co-eluting analytes in multi-analyte approaches: systematic investigation using ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry with atmospheric pressure chemical ionization or electrospray ionization.
    D. Remane, M.R. Meyer, D.K. Wissenbach, H.H.Maurer
    Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 2010 Nov 15;24(21):3103-8.
    Department of Experimental and Clinical Toxicology, Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Saarland University, Homburg (Saar), Germany.

  2. Best Oral Presentation Award at San Francisco TIAFT Meeting 2011
    Eva Saar, AUSTRALIA
    A new degradation product of olanzapine.
    E. Saar, D. Gerostamoulos, O.H. Drummer, J. Beyer
    Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  3. Best Poster Award at San Francisco TIAFT Meeting 2011
    Bjoern Moosmann, GERMANY
    A fast and inexpensive procedure for the isolation of synthetic cannabinoids from "Spice" products using a flash chromatography system.
    B. Moosmann, S. Kneisel, Volker Auwärter
    Institute of Forensic Medicine, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

YSC Awards 2010 - Bonn

The following scientists were recognized at the TIAFT-GTFCh meeting in Bonn (kindly sponsored by TIAFT).

  1. Best paper published in 2009/10
    Rafael Linden, BRAZIL
    Computer assisted substance identification in systematic toxicological analysis: New life for old methods?
    R. Linden, L.L. Feltraco, L.C. Comerlato, E. Kellermann, M.V. Antunes Forensic Sci Int. 2010 Oct 10;202(1-3):e53-60.
    Instituto de Ciencias da Saude, Universidade Feevale, Rodovia RS 239 n. 2755, CEP 93352-000, Novo Hamburgo, RS, Brazil.

  2. Best Oral Presentation Award at Bonn TIAFT Meeting 2010
    Dirk K. Wissenbach, GERMANY
    Metabolite-based LC-MS urine screening using Linear Ion Trap technology, exemplified for antidepressants
    D.K. Wissenbach, D. Remane, M.R. Meyer, H.H. Maurer
    Department of Experimental and Clinical Toxicology, Saarland University, Homburg (Saar), Germany

  3. Best Poster Award at Bonn TIAFT Meeting 2010
    Simon Beuck, GERMANY
    In vitro metabolism of the emerging drug candidate S107 in preventive doping research S. Beuck, W. Schanzer, M. Thevis
    Center for Preventive Doping Research, German Sport University Cologne, Cologne, Germany

  4. Springer Poster Award (Additional Award for Young Scientist)
    Nahoko (Otani) Uchiyama, JAPAN
    Effects of synthetic cannabinoids on electroencephalogram power spectra in rats N. (O.) Uchiyama, R. Kikura-Hanajiri, N. Matsumoto, Z.-L. Huang, Y. Urade, Y. Goda
    National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS), Japan

YSC Awards 2009 - Geneva

The following scientists were recognized at the TIAFT meeting in Geneva (kindly sponsored by TIAFT).

  1. Best paper published in 2008/09
    Sophie Turfus (UK) et al., 2009
    Use of Human Microsomes and Deuterated Substrates:An Alternative Approach for the Identification of Novel Metabolites of Ketamine by Mass Spectrometry

  2. Best Oral Presentation Award at Geneva TIAFT meeting 2009
    Yuko Iwata (Japan)
    Evaluation method for linking drug seizures using stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic compositions: A complementary study with impurity profiling

  3. Best Poster Presentation Award at Geneva TIAFT meeting 2009
    Alina Staub (Switzerland)
    Blood doping with hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOC): analysis by CE-UV and CE-ESI-TOF/MS

  4. Springer Poster Award (Additional Award for Young Scientist)
    Jennifer Pascali (Italy)
    Rapid determination of lithium in serum by capillary electrophoresis

YSC Awards 2008 - Martinique

The following scientists were recognized at the TIAFT meeting in Martinique.

The young scientist committee thanks Drager (GER), Thermo Fisher Scientific (AUST) and Arvecon (GER) who sponsored the awards.

  1. Best paper published in 2007/08
    Ahmed I. Al-Asmari, SCOTLAND
    Method for Quantification of Opioids and their Metabolites in Autopsy Blood by Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry.
    Al-Asmari AI, Anderson RA.
    J Anal Toxicol. 2007 Sep;31(7):394-408.
    Forensic Medicine and Science Department, University of Glasgow, University Place, G12 8QQ, Scotland.

  2. Best oral presentation during the Martinique 2008 TIAFT meeting
    Markus R. Meyer, GERMANY
    The role of human hepatic cytochrome P-450 isozymes in the metabolism of the racemate and the enantiomers of MDMA.
    F.T. Peters and H.H. Maurer
    Department of Experimental and Clinical Toxicology, Saarland University, D-66421 Homburg (Saar), Germany

  3. Best poster presentation during the Martinique 2008 TIAFT meeting
    Ricardo J. Dinis-Oliveira, PORTUGAL
    Reactivity of paraquat with sodium salicylate: formation of stable complexes.
    P. Guedes, A. C. Silva-Ferreira, J. A. Duarte, A. M. Silva, C. Afonso, F. Remião, M. L. Bastos, F. Carvalho
    Institute of Legal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Portugal

YSC Awards 2007 - Seattle

The following scientists were recognized at the TIAFT meeting in Seattle.

The young scientist committee thanks Agilent (Australia), Applied Bisosytems (Australia) and Cozart (UK) who sponsored the awards.

  1. Best paper published in 2006/07
    Uta Kuepper (GERMANY)
    Synthesis and characterization of succinylcholine-d18 and succinylmonocholine-d3 designed for simultaneous use as internal standards in mass spectrometric analyses.
    Kuepper U, Musshoff F, Madea B.
    J Mass Spectrom. 2007 Jul;42(7):929-39.
    Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bonn, Stiftsplatz 12, 53111 Bonn, Germany.

  2. Best oral presentation during the Seattle 2007 TIAFT meeting
    Andreas Ewald (GERMANY)
    Identification of the Cytochrome P450 Isoenzymes Involved in the Formation of the Main Metabolites of the Designer Drugs DOI, DOB, MDOB, and TMA-2 and Studies on Their Capability to Inhibit CYP2D6
    A.H. Ewald and H.H. Maurer,
    Department of Experimental and Clinical Toxicology, Saarland University, D-66421 Homburg (Saar), Germany

  3. Best poster presentation during the Seattle 2007 TIAFT meeting
    Jurgen Kempf (GERMANY)
    Identification of Sinicuichi Alkaloids in Human Blood and Urine After Intoxication Caused by Oral Intake of a Heimia Salicifolia Extract
    Jürgen Kempf, Uwe Stedtler, and Volker Auwaerter
    Forensic Toxicology, Institute of Forensic Medicine, University Hospital Freiburg, Albertstr. 9, 79104 Freiburg, Germany

YSC Awards 2006 - Ljubljana

The following scientists were recognized at the TIAFT meeting in Ljubljana.

The young scientist committee thanks Waters, Microgenics and Dräger who sponsored the awards.

  1. Best paper published in 2005/06
    Donata FAVRETTO (Padova, ITALY)
    Potentials of ion trap collisional spectrometry for liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry determination of buprenorphine and nor-buprenorphine in urine, blood and hair samples
    Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 2006; 20: 1257-1265

  2. Best oral presentation during the Ljubljana 2006 TIAFT meeting
    Gudrün HØISETH (Oslo, NORWAY)
    Ethyl glucuronide in blood as a marker of ante-mortem ingestion of alcohol; possibility of false negative results 

  3. Best poster presentation during the Ljubljana 2006 TIAFT meeting
    Julia JUNG (Freiburg, GERMANY)
    Detection of delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid in human urine and human blood serum by LC/MS/MS and GC/MS. 

YSC Awards 2005 - Seoul

The winners of the 2005 awards were presented in Seoul:

  1. Best paper published in 2004/05
    Teemu Gunnar (Helsinki, FINLAND)
    Validated toxicological determination of 30 drugs of abuse as optimized derivatives in oral fluid by long column fast gas chromatography/electron impact mass spectrometry
    J Mass Spectrom. 2005 Jun;40(6):739-53

  2. Best oral presentation during the Seoul 2005 TIAFT meeting
    Dennis Theobald (Homburg, GERMANY)
    Studies on the metabolism and toxicological detection of the designer drug 2C-E in rat urine using GC-MS techniques 

  3. Best poster presentation during the Seoul 2005 TIAFT meeting
    Vilma Habrdova (Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC)
    The development and validation of a GC/MS method for the simultaneous determination of buprenorphine, other opioids and their metabolites in human urine: application to the monitoring of buprenorphine use and abuse 

YSC Awards 2004 - Washington

The winners of the 2004 awards were presented in Washington:

  1. Best paper published in 2003/04
    Michelle Wood (Manchester, UK)
    Simultaneous analysis of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid and its precursors in urine using liquid chromatography- tandem mass spectrometry
    J Chrom A, In press. Available online 24 June 2004

  2. Best oral presentation during the Washington 2004 TIAFT meeting
    Jochen Beyer (Homburg, GERMANY)
    Simultaneous detection of stimulant laxatives and diuretics in human urine using GC-MS after enzymatic cleavage of conjugates and extractive methylation 

  3. Best poster presentation during the Washington 2004 TIAFT meeting
    Eugene Schwilke (Maryland USA)
    Codeine and metabolite disposition in human sweat following controlled oral codeine administration 

YSC Awards 2003 - Melbourne

In 2003, the Young Scientists Committee prizes were sponsored by: Orasure Laboratories (USA), Mahsan Diagnostika Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH (Germany), Microgenics GmbH (Germany).

The winners of the 2003 awards were presented in Melbourne:

  1. Best paper published in 2002/03
    Frank T. Peters (Homburg, Germany)
    Bioanalytical method validation and its implications in forensic and clinical toxicology - A review.
    Accred.Qual.Assur. 7, 441-449, 2002

  2. Best oral presentation during the Melbourne 2003 TIAFT meeting
    Adam Cawley (Sydney, Australia)
    Searching for New Markers of Endogenous Steroid Abuse in Athletes - "looking outside the metabolic box" 

  3. Best poster presentation during the Melbourne 2003 TIAFT meeting
    Emmie Ho (Hong Kong, China)
    Population studies of endogenous boldenone in entire male horses 

YSC Awards 2002 - Paris

The winners of the 2002 awards were presented in Paris:

  1. Best paper published in 2001/02
    T. Stimpfl (Vienna, Austria)
    General unknown screening in postmortem tissue and blood samples : a semi-automatic solid-phase extraction using polystyrene resins followed by liquid-liquid extraction.
    J. Anal. Toxicol., 2001, 25, 125

  2. Best oral presentation during the Paris 2002 TIAFT meeting
    C. Kratzsch (Homburg, Germany)
    Screening, identification and validated quantification of fourteen neuroleptics and their metabolites in plasma by APCI-LC-MS 

  3. Best poster presentation during the Paris 2002 TIAFT meeting
    S. Elliott (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
    Further evidence for the presence of GHB in post mortem biological fluid: implications for the interpretation of findings 

YSC Awards 2001 - Prague

Thanks to Microgenics, Roche and Medichem the following awards have been presented in Prague:

  1. Best paper published in 2000/01
    Nele Samyn (INCC, Brussels, Belgium)
    On-site testing in saliva and sweat with Drugwipe and determination of concentrations of drugs of abuse in saliva, plasma and urine of suspected users.
    Int. J. Leg. Med., 2000, 113, 150-154

  2. Best oral presentation during the Prague 2001 TIAFT meeting
    Roland Staack (Dept of Clinical Toxicology, Homburg, Germany)
    GC/MS studies on the metabolism and on the toxicological analysis of the new piperazine-like designer drugs BZP, MDBP, TFMPP, MCP, MEOPP 

  3. Best poster presentation during the Prague 2001 TIAFT meeting
    No award has been given for the best poster

YSC Awards 2000 - Helsinki

Thanks to American Biomedica (Micron Benelux), Roche and Microgenics that sponsored the awards, the following scientists were recognized in Helsinki:

  1. Best paper published in 1999/2000
    Robert Kronstrand (National Board of Forensic Medicine, Linkoping, Sweden)
    Clin Chem, 1999, 45, 1485-1494

  2. Best oral presentation during the Helsinki 2000 TIAFT meeting
    Riet Dams (University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium) 

  3. Best poster presentation during the Helsinki 2000 TIAFT meeting
    Liliana Bachs (National Institute of Forensic Toxicology, Oslo, Norway)
    Kristel Girod (Institut de Medecine Legale, Geneve, Switzerland)

YSC Awards 1999 - Krakow

In 1999, the Young Scientists committee was sponsored by Ansys Inc, Abbott Diagnostic, Dade Behring, Drager, Immunalysis, Avitar and United Chemical Technology.

The winners of the 1999 awards were presented in Krakow:

  1. Best paper published in 1998/99
    Akira Ishii (Fukuoka, Japan)
    "Determination of cyanide in whole blood by capillary gas chromatography with cryogenic oven trapping",
    published in Analytical Chemistry

  2. Best oral presentation during the Krakow 1999 TIAFT meeting
    Inge Dirinck
    Lab. of Toxicology, Univ. Ghent, Belgium

  3. Best poster presentation during the Krakow 1999 TIAFT meeting
    Ingrid Bosman
    Dept. Of Toxicology, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Eligibility for TIAFT YSC Awards

To be eligible for any of the 3 prizes:

  1. The candidate must be the first author of the oral/poster abstract or the scientific paper;
  2. The candidate, or one of his/her co-authors, must be a TIAFT member;
  3. The candidate must not be a member of the TIAFT YSC;
  4. Candidates working in the same organization as a TIAFT YSC member are eligible;
  5. For the oral/poster abstract, the candidate must not be older than 40 years on the last day of the TIAFT meeting;
  6. For the best scientific paper, the candidate must not be older than 40 years on the 1st Jan of the corresponding year, and the article must have been published in the period of one month before the last TIAFT meeting until the deadline for the entries of the current TIAFT meeting, with the condition that the paper needs to be at least e-published and available to the scientific community;
  7. Only one entry is allowed per applicant. The applicant must choose either a poster, oral, or published paper for consideration. Only one choice is allowed to allow for the awards to be shared amongst all qualified young scientists.
  8. Oral, poster, or paper presentations that include a member of the TIAFT YSC as a co-author may still be submitted for consideration of an award; however, the co-author that is a TIAFT YSC member will be excluded from judging that entry.
  9. The candidate must submit his/her abstract or manuscript to the YSC at least one month prior to the commencement of the annual TIAFT meeting.
  10. The candidate must not be a TIAFT YSC award recipient from a previous year.

YSC Awards guidelines

Also available as pdf document to download

1. Oral Presentations

Abstracts for the best oral presentation must be submitted to the TIAFT YSC President Dr. Sarah Wille (sarah.wille@just.fgov.be) and Secretary Dr. Markus Meyer (markus.meyer@uniklinikum-saarland.de) by email. All submissions must be received by the TIAFT YSC one month prior to the commencement of the annual TIAFT meeting. This gives the committee enough time to collate and distribute the submissions to other TIAFT YSC members for consideration. Once you have received confirmation from the organizing committee of the annual TIAFT meeting that your oral presentation has been accepted, you should immediately submit your abstract to the TIAFT YSC. The abstract submitted to the TIAFT YSC must not differ from the abstract accepted for the meeting or it will be subject to disqualification. Late entries will not be accepted. The YSC will consider a total of 15 candidates for oral presentations each year. In the event that more than 15 abstracts for oral presentations are received in a given year, the YSC committee will review all abstracts and evaluate them for the following:

  1. Scientific content (Score of 1-5)
  2. Impact of the work on the field of forensic toxicology (Score of 1-3)
  3. Clarity (Score of 1-2)

The scores from each TIAFT YSC member will be tallied for all abstracts. The 15 abstracts with the highest scores will be chosen as candidates for the oral presentation award. All young scientists who have submitted an abstract for an oral presentation will be notified if their abstract is one of the 15 being considered for the YS oral presentation award before the start of the annual TIAFT meeting. All oral presentations that are being considered for consideration for the award will be announced by the moderator of the session prior to the actual presentation. This enables the audience to be informed that the upcoming presentation is to be assessed by the TIAFT YSC for Best Oral Presentation.

2. Award Assessment Criteria - Oral Presentation

The award for best oral presentation is based on a number of criteria and scored in each of the following categories:

  1. Knowledge of subject material (i.e., Did the presenter include relevant information? Did they demonstrate an understanding of the topic? Did the author demonstrate advanced understanding or include any original scientific content/approach?)
  2. Structure of presentation (i.e., Was there a logical structure to the presentation? Could the sequence of information and ideas be easily followed?)
  3. Use of audio/visual material (i.e., Was audio/visual material appropriately used? Were presentation slides high quality and legible?)
  4. Pace and timing, delivery style (i.e., Did the candidate keep to the agreed time limit? Was the delivery well-paced? Did the young scientist speak clearly?)
  5. Ability to answer/respond to questions (i.e., Could the young scientist answer questions on the topic?)

All five categories are scored out of a maximum of 10 points for each category. An average of all scored categories is taken. The highest average scores by all committee members present at the meeting determine the winner for the Best Oral Presentation.

3. Poster Presentations

Abstracts for the best poster presentation must be submitted to the TIAFT YSC President Dr. Sarah Wille (sarah.wille@just.fgov.be) and Secretary Dr. Markus Meyer (markus.meyer@uniklinikum-saarland.de) by email. All submissions must be received by the TIAFT YSC one month prior to the commencement of the annual TIAFT meeting. This gives the committee enough time to collate and distribute the submissions to other TIAFT YSC members for consideration. Once you have received confirmation from the organizing committee of the annual TIAFT meeting that your poster presentation has been accepted, you should immediately submit your abstract to the TIAFT YSC. The abstract submitted to the TIAFT YSC must not differ from the abstract accepted for the meeting or it will be subject to disqualification. Late entries will not be accepted. The YSC will consider a total of 15 candidates for poster presentations each year. In the event that more than 15 abstracts for poster presentations are received in a given year, the YSC committee will review all abstracts and evaluate them for the following:

  1. Scientific content (Score of 1-5)
  2. Impact of the work on the field of forensic toxicology (Score of 1-3)
  3. Clarity (Score of 1-2)

The scores from each TIAFT YSC member will be tallied for all abstracts. The 15 abstracts with the highest scores will be chosen as candidates for the poster presentation award. All young scientists who have submitted an abstract for a poster presentation will be notified if their abstract is one of the 15 being considered for the YS poster presentation award before the start of the annual TIAFT meeting. All poster presentations that have been submitted for consideration for the award will be identified as such by the TIAFT YSC prior to the actual presentation. This enables the audience to be informed that a marked poster is to be assessed by the TIAFT YSC for Best Poster Presentation.

4. Award Assessment Criteria - Poster Presentation

The award for best poster presentation is based on a similar set of criteria to the oral award and scored in each of the following categories:

  1. Knowledge of subject material (i.e., Did the presentation include relevant information? Did it demonstrate advanced understanding or include any original scientific content/approach?)
  2. Structure of poster (i.e., Was there a logical structure to the poster presentation? Could the sequence of information and ideas be easily followed?)
  3. Poster material (i.e., Was poster material appropriately used? Was the poster presentation of high quality, legibility and clarity?)
  4. Ability to answer/respond to questions (i.e., Could the presenter answer questions on the topic? Did they demonstrate an understanding of the topic?)

All four categories are scored out of a maximum of 10 points for each category. An average of all scored categories is taken. The highest average scores by all committee members present at the meeting determine the winner for the Best Poster Presentation.


5. Best Published Paper Award

Abstracts for the best published paper award must be submitted to the TIAFT YSC President Dr. Sarah Wille (sarah.wille@just.fgov.be) and Secretary Dr. Markus Meyer (markus.meyer@uniklinikum-saarland.de) by email. For the best published paper award, the candidate is not required to attend the annual meeting; although attendance is encouraged, if possible. All submissions must be received by the TIAFT YSC one month prior to the commencement of the annual TIAFT meeting to allow the committee enough time to collate and distribute the submissions to other TIAFT YSC members for consideration. Two bound volumes of all the papers (prepared by the TIAFT YSC Secretary) will be available at the registration desk of the annual meeting for perusal by all TIAFT meeting attendees. There is no limit to the number of papers that the YSC will consider for the Best Published Paper award. Late entries will not be accepted.

6. Award Assessment Criteria - Best Published Paper

The award for best published paper is based on the following categories:

  1. Scientific content (i.e., Did the authors demonstrate advancement in the understanding of a discipline in forensic toxicology? Does the paper include any original scientific content/approach etc? Does it contribute to the forensic toxicology knowledge database?)
  2. Structure of the paper (i.e., Was there a logical structure to the published paper? Could the sequence of information and analyses be easily followed? Does the discussion achieve its purpose? Are the conclusions justified? Is the paper adequately referenced?)

Both categories are scored out of 10 and a total out of 20 is scored. The paper with the highest average score by all committee members present at the meeting will be determined to be the winner for the Best Published Paper Award.